Is Putin planning to whack WikiLeaks?

American intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, outraged by their inability to stop WikiLeaks and its release this week of hundreds of thousands of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, are convinced that the whistleblowing website is about to come up against an adversary that will stop at nothing to shut it down: the Russian government.

National-security officials say that the National Security Agency, the U.S. government’s eavesdropping agency, has already picked up tell-tale electronic evidence that WikiLeaks is under close surveillance by the Russian FSB, that country’s domestic spy network, out of fear in Moscow that WikiLeaks is prepared to release damaging personal information about Kremlin leaders.

“We may not have been able to stop WikiLeaks so far, and it’s been frustrating,” a U.S. law-enforcement official tells The Daily Beast. “The Russians play by different rules.” He said that if WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, follow through on threats to post highly embarrassing information about the Russian government and what is assumed to be massive corruption among its leaders, “the Russians will be ruthless in stopping WikiLeaks.”

A U.S. military official said the U.S. assumed that WikiLeaks had access to sources who could supply the site with detailed, damaging information about Russian leaders; those sources would likely include wealthy Russian expatriates who have had the resources over the years to conduct far-ranging private investigations of graft among Kremlin leaders, including their movement of assets outside Russia.

“We may not have been able to stop WikiLeaks so far, and it’s been frustrating,” says a U.S. law-enforcement official. “The Russians play by different rules.”

The London-based Russian billionaire and newspaper magnate Alexander Lebedev suggested that a government raid on the Moscow headquarters of his National Reserve Bank this month may have been a response to recent contacts between his Moscow newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, and WikiLeaks.

Lebedev, who is outspoken in his criticism of government corruption in his homeland—which he has described as comparable to the “evils of apartheid” in South Africa—has acknowledged that one of his reporters recently traveled to Sweden to meet with Assange.

Assange has courted attacks from the Russian government, telling a reporter from the pro-government daily newspaper Izvestia last month that WikiLeaks had obtained damaging information “about Russia, about your government and businessmen” and “we will publish these materials soon.” Another WikiLeaks spokesman was quoted as describing the Russian government as “despotic.”

Full story: Moscow’s Bid to Blow Up WikiLeaks: Russians Play by Different Rules – The Daily Beast

  • Anthony Brown Jr.

    It’s a shame. He is outing the fraud, murder, and evil acts that our gunvernment imposes on the world. Yet the Sheeple are pissed at him and not the gunvernment for doing what it does. And then the sheeple wonder why we have so many enemies on the planet. Wake up already.

  • zig zag

    The oxymoron of the day……….’american intelligence’…….
    That really gives credibility to this story…..

  • jeffincos

    The Russians need to do what they need to do…whatever that may be.

  • Tea4Me

    The Russians can get very serious in these situations. Just ask Georgi Markov. Or Alexander Litvinenko. Good luck Assange, you’re gonna need it.

  • OthugoisaLOSER3

    ASSANGE has NO ONE to blame for this MONUMENTAL SCREW UP but HIMSELF…..

  • gooners

    “Whack”? Great, now the headline writers at the Daily Caller are imagining they’re in a Mario Puzo novel. I’m guessing the comments are about to fill up with conservative champions of freedom and transparency cheering the idea of executing Julian Assange without charges or trial. Yippee.

    Of course, DC goes for clicks without quoting the important parts of the article, like:
    “I doubt that they would consider assassination against Westerners who are involved in WikiLeaks, but as for informants in Russia, they would be in very serious danger”

    “Russian intelligence agencies have suggested, none too subtly, that WikiLeaks could be destroyed through cyberwarfare methods if the whistleblowing site did begin to create trouble in Moscow.”

    But hey, don’t let a few facts get in the way of your bloodthirsty authoritarianism. While you’re cheering murder, you might also want to check out the definition of a “wiki”, and contemplate how killing one person might do anything to stop it.

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  • OthugoisaLOSER3

    HE IS ALL YOURS!!!!!!!

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