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How the WikiLeaks Forum Became an FBI Shooting Gallery
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How the WikiLeaks Forum Became an FBI Shooting Gallery
How the WikiLeaks Forum became an FBI Shooting Gallery

By Martha Mitchell Group, Posted July, 2013. Reproduced with permission of the author.

For approximately four months wikileaks-forum.com (@wikileaks_forum)'s security was very likely compromised by the FBI and became nothing other, than yet another - means to spy on the supporters of WikiLeaks.

'Siggi' Sigurdur Thordarson was a co-founder and administrator of wikileaks-forum.com. In June 2011 he contacted 'Sabu' Hector Xavier Monsegur of Lulzsec. 'Sabu' was an FBI informer.

   

From this point onwards 'Siggi' was compromised. During a 4 month period lasting until 2nd September 2011, 'Siggi' had access to the wikileaks-forum.com's internal communications between supporters as well as forum users personal login and registration data. Considering the dragnet nature of the FBI's activities against all activist groups, this is a serious breach of the now defunct forum's security.

   

While 'Siggi' was happy to announce his work as a paid FBI informer, which included handing over 8 WikiLeaks hard-drives and 2,000 pages of chat logs to the FBI; he attempted to deny his role in wikileaks-forum.com, where he had access to the private information of 15,000 members. This is because the betrayal of these forum members would not fit comfortably with his chosen rational for his betrayal of WikiLeaks: that he is a "WikiLeaks whistleblower" and not - someone who cynically betrayed WikiLeaks to escape criminal prosecution for a string of illegal activities.

   

In January 2013 wikileaks-forum.com had vigorously denied the discovery of crude spyware embedded within one of the forum's most important posts:

   

   

While the spyware discovery was concerning, wikileaks-forum.com defence of its integrity was chilling. This 'defence' went far beyond rhetoric (see below) and may indicate whether the private information of 15,000 WikiLeaks supporters, held by the forum, is secure:

   

Recently wikileaks-forum.com answered questions about it's association with a known FBI informant and the implications this revelation has to anyone who has ever visited or set up a forum account:

   

   

   

   

   

   

wikileaks-forum.com assertion that 'Siggi' did not have access to member information is highly questionable - it has been reported that he in fact had "complete access". This access included "members e-mails, IP addresses etc." This type of access is the 'norm' for someone with "full Admin permissions", just ask the NSA about Edward Snowden.

wikileaks-forum.com's attitude to such a concerning matter is simply disgraceful, it is also indicative that something is and was, seriously amiss within the forum.

The forum's relationship with the FBI remains - unknown.

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Administrators Note:

I have personally had twitter spats with the Administrators of 'Wikileaks Forum' and was abusively trolled for a number of hours. That incident was the subject of a previous blog post but here are a couple of examples of the mentality and maturity of the 'WikiLeaks Forum' Administrators to whom members of the public continue to entrust their personal details:

   
   

The above issues and others, such as those high-lighted by the Martha Mitchell Group, were a strong motivator for the initiation of this forum, 'WikiLeaks Supporters Forum'.

I have noticed that one cannot even read posts on 'Wikileaks Forum', without registering. Obviously this is not the case with this forum, where Registration is only required if one wishes to post. This is necessary for ejecting trolls and spammers, who seem to plague forums. Member's Registration details are password protected and, as stated quite rightly so by the Martha Mitchell Group, are available to forum Administrators, despite the denial of this by the 'WikiLeaks Forum' Administrators'.

'WikiLeaks Forum' also refers to itself as 'WikiLeaks Discussion Forum', in an attempt to corner the market in internet searches and to prevent the emergence of competing forums such as this one.

The current stated position, on the WikiLeaks.org website, in relation to 'WikiLeaks Forum' is and has been for some time:


   
08-10-2013 05:08 PM
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RE: How the WikiLeaks Forum Became an FBI Shooting Gallery
Discredited WikiLeaks Forum changes name to attempt to sabotage WikiLeaks Supporters Forum.

In an attempt to sabotage this forum, Mark, the Administrator for 'Wikileaks Forum' has, for some time, been posting gibberish posts under numerous pseudonyms, necessitating their removal. This has only been a minor annoyance.

As this has not had the desired effect. Mark has now changed the name of 'WikiLeaks Forum' to 'Wikileaks Supporters Forum', obviously the same name as this forum.

   

The aim, it appears, is to attempt to maintain control of what he sees as his personal empire, one he uses to attempt to discredit Julian Assange and to prevent others from running forums which are supportive of Wikileaks and, in particular, Julian Assange.

The other reason for this change was, no doubt, an attempt to side-step the statement, by WikiLeaks, on the WikiLeaks.org website, indicating 'WikiLeaks Forum' is not endorsed and to try to maintain the pretence of endorsement.

I thank @Cabledrummer for informing me of this ruse and providing me with the above snap-shot depicting the changes of name.

(Cabledrummer is the proprietor of the Cabledrum search engine, which IS endorsed by WikiLeaks.)

Regards,
Darkhorse.
09-16-2013 03:29 PM
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