On February 7, the ModernSurvivalBlog asserted that “In an unprecedented move…nearly all U.S. Ambassadors to all nations have been called back to Washington for a summit conference this week,” but we don’t know why.
Veteran D.C.-based investigative reporter Wayne Madsen has an exclusive-to-subscribers report on this. Below are excerpts from his exclusive Wayne Madsen Report.
Wayne Madsen Exclusive Special Report, Feb. 9-10, 2011
Amid a major FBI and Department of Justice criminal investigation of a hacktivist group known as “Anonymous,” which has hacked into public and private computer systems in retaliation for actions taken against Wikileaks for its release of over 250,000 classified State Department cables, WMR has been contacted by a source close to Anonymous to set the record straight on the group’s intentions and convey a road map of its future plans…. It should be noted that Anonymous is not connected to Assange or Wikileaks.
It is the penetration of the State Department’s communications networks by Anonymnous that prompted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call all of America’s ambassadors, consuls general, and special envoys to Washington for an unprecedented diplomatic “all hands” meeting. WMR has learned that Clinton briefed the envoys on the State Department’s security problems and that information sent over channels thought to be safe was no longer guaranteed to be secure. Other means of communicating sensitive information from overseas posts to Washington were apparently discussed. In addition, the fallout from bigger and more damaging leaks of classified cables matched with off-shore banking information and emails was also discussed with the envoys. The fallout includes the spread of Tunisia- and Egypt-style popular revolts around the world and the need by the diplomats to be prepared for a surge in anti-American attitudes globally.
Anonymous, which uses the Guy Fawkes mask-wearing character “V” in the film “V for Vendetta” as a role model, first came on to the media radar screen in 2008 when the loose-knit association of bloggers took on the Church of Scientology by subjecting the cult to a series of denial of service attacks after the “church” had YouTube pull an interview with actor Tom Cruise over copyright violations.
However, the group now finds itself as a target of a major FBI investigation with FBI agents confiscating computer equipment and cell phones at gun point. A federal grand jury in San Jose, California is now empaneled to hear evidence against suspected members of Anonymous. The group hacked into PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and the UK’s Moneybookers in retaliation against the blocking of donations to Wikileaks. Anonymous also retaliated against the computer security firm, HBGary Federal, after an official of the company threatened to publicly expose the leaders of Anonymous.
…Anonymous…is currently conducting data matching and fusion of information contained in the State Department cables and banking data and hacked email it has obtained from around the world. The picture that Anonymous is painting is one of the State Department being part and parcel of a global “pay-to-play” operation for foreign and U.S. defense contracts and the siphoning of kickbacks by world leaders to numbered bank accounts in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, and elsewhere. From the information gleaned from multiple sources by Anonymous, it is clear that the CIA facilitates America’s “play-to-pay” system of corruption and contract fraud.
…The global payola scam also involved top French government officials who benefited from sweetheart rendition and defense contract deals with Tunisia and Egypt…. What Anonymous has discovered is a global pattern of such kickbacks in return for lucrative contracts and the world’s elites growing wealthier as a result. The graft and corruption globally is sweeping, with details of pay-offs to then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and his ministers by BP in return for releasing accused Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison to Libya in return for lucrative Libyan oil concessions and a defense contract with Sri Lanka during the Bush administration that permitted that nation’s government to commit a genocidal campaign against ethnic Tamils being just the tip of the iceberg.
State Department cables previously leaked and those that have to be revealed show that U.S. diplomats are the prime facilitators of U.S. graft and corruption, with member companies of the US Chamber of Commerce and top Pentagon contractors reaping a financial whirlwind as a result.
Anonymous plans to release 40 more videos outlining the connections between U.S. political leaders and top-level bribery and kickbacks, including a deal worked out by then-President George W. Bush between Saudi Arabia and Boeing that saw Boeing receive a major Saudi Air Force contract in return for the King of Saudi Arabia receiving a plane similar to the Boeing 747 used as Air Force One. In the deal, Bush pocketed a “handling fee” that ended up in a Bush numbered account from a Saudi numbered account in an off-shore bank. And the trove of fused data from the cables and financial and email data show that Bush and Rove are not alone in receiving payola from his fronting for U.S. firms: the recipients of bribes and kickbacks include Hillary and Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Obama. Anonymous has uncovered details of Obama personally lobbying overseas for Boeing, with the now “accepted” practice of kickbacks ending up in the president’s off-shore accounts. Boeing is headquartered in Obama’s hometown of Chicago. And when it comes to this level of corruption, America can always count on its political police force, the FBI, to protect the criminals and attack the sources of the information, as the G-men are now doing to Anonymous.
“Bigger and badder” than Wikileaks: “Anonymous” analyzes and fuses hacked data and cable information and reveals that President Obama not only shills for Chicago-based Boeing but gets kickbacks from defense deals overseas. George W. Bush also shilled for Boeing and received similar sweetheart financial deals.
…The “V” fans who make up Anonymous also want it known that it is they who originally obtained the 250,000 State Department cables, which have the highest classification of Secret and came from the Defense Department’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet). Access to the cables did not come from hacking into the network but from individuals who had legitimate access and clearances. It was Anonymous that provided the cables to Wikileaks. And Anonymous is planning on conducting leaks of more enhanced information, the combination of cable information with financial banking information to expose leaders around the world as corrupt. Anonymous did not give Wikileaks the “entire store.” In addition to the Secret cable traffic from SIPRNet, Anonymous claims to have cables with classifications higher than Secret, traffic that sheds more light on the overriding role that “neocons and Zionists” play in shaping American foreign policy.
…The word on the street is that the world’s “military-industrial-political” complex is worried about further releases of sensitive information and is bracing itself for a global rebellion when the true nature of the world’s elites is revealed around the world. Anonymous has an ultimate target based on what it has managed to obtain from computers and networks around the world: the Council on Foreign Relations and the Rockefeller family. It is now obvious why Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) wants an Internet “kill switch” to be thrown by the president of the United States. Their futures depend on it….