It’s amazing sometimes to see how often history repeats itself. You would think we would have learned from our past by now, but it looks like we haven’t. We just keep making the same mistakes. Most people learn from their mistakes, but not us.
Earlier this week, WikiLeaks released ‘Vault 7’ – the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the Central Intelligence Agency. Thousands of encrypted documents detailing events and activities of the CIA. After reading much of what was printed, it’s easy to see how anyone could have their conversations tapped from anywhere at anytime, including Trump. But probably one of the most intriguing facts mentioned, especially on Twitter was the password to ‘Vault 7’.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
On Tuesday WikiLeaks began releasing a series of encrypted documents dubbed “Vault 7,” detailing the surveillance activities of the CIA.
Here’s how the WikiLeaks news looked on Twitter:
Use a ‘torrent’ downloader on: https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/WikiLeaks-Year-Zero-2017-v1.7z.torrent …
And ‘7z’ to decrypt.
Passphrase will be made public at Tue 9am ET.
If you simply click the file in the link above, it will automatically download a torrent file to your computer, so don’t click the link unless you are wanting to download a file.
According to WikiLeaks, you will then need the 7zip program to unpack the file. At this point you will be asked for a passphrase, which WikiLeaks will released at 9 a.m. Eastern.
WikiLeaks even recommended using TransmissionBT as a torrent downloader, according to its tweet:
1) Install ‘transmission’ (https://transmissionbt.com/download/ )
2) download https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/WikiLeaks-Year-Zero-2017-v1.7z.torrent …
3) install ‘7zip’
4) use it to unpack ‘.7z’ file
The organization then posted to Twitter a password for “Vault 7” that read as follows:
The following was released on WikiLeaks:
“By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls under the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5,000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other “weaponized” malware. Such is the scale of the CIA’s undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook. The CIA had created, in effect, its ‘own NSA’ with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified.
The U.S. government’s commitment to the Vulnerabilities Equities Process came after significant lobbying by US technology companies, who risk losing their share of the global market over real and perceived hidden vulnerabilities. The government stated that it would disclose all pervasive vulnerabilities discovered after 2010 on an ongoing basis. ‘Year Zero’ documents show that the CIA breached the Obama administration’s commitments. Many of the vulnerabilities used in the CIA’s cyber arsenal are pervasive and some may already have been found by rival intelligence agencies or cyber criminals.”
Of special note….was the following:
- The CIA Can Misdirect Their Cyber Attacks to Look Like Someone Else: According to WikiLeaks, the CIA collects attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including Russia via a project called UMBRAGE. The CIA does this for many reasons, but one use they can do is leave behind fingerprints that misdirect attribution, making it look like their cyber attack was done by someone else. (Note: It’s unclear at this time if the misdirection is WikiLeaks’ interpretation of one thing the CIA could do, or if there’s a specific place in the document where the CIA mentions this use of UMBRAGE.)
Because the CIA kept the vulnerabilities hidden, even after they were exposed, WikiLeaks said this put the population at large at risk, including members of the U.S. government, Congress, top CEOs, and engineers. Without letting Apple and Google know about their vulnerabilities, the companies had no means to fix the hacks after they leaked.
Again, the password for WikiLeaks:
You might ask, ‘Why is this important?”
…But history would tell you…we’ve been down this road before.
The quote was given to a Times journalist in the 1960s by a Kennedy administration official and published in the New York Times on April 25, 1966 in an articvle titled “C.I.A.: Maker of Policy, or Tool?” Read it here.
The video references the JFK quote at the 2:50-mark.
Samuel Halpern says that the CIA is not all bad, but that the organization is highly individualistic.
The video focuses on Kennedy’s relationship with Cuba prior to his assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald and discusses Operation Northwoods, a proposed false flag operation against the Fidel Castro regime, that originated within the U.S. Department of Defense.
According to ABC News, “the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.”
Kennedy refused the plan, but the CIA still wanted to deal with Cuba.
In the video, Halpern says he could never figure out why the CIA wanted to punish Cuba so badly, but that he thought maybe it had to do with hubris.
Now….HERE’s where we repeat history…..
It’s then stated that JFK was finding it increasingly difficult to keep former Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles “in line” and that the agency was becoming a “state within the state.”
WOW! Doesn’t that sound familiar?
A month before JFK was assassinated, the quote used for today’s WikiLeaks decryption passphrase was uttered by JFK,
“I will splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind.”
JFK said the same words or phrase of the WikiLeaks password to ‘Vault 7’. JFK was very upset about the CIA especially after the ‘Bay of Pigs’ incident.
But to understand the passphrase, it’s important to hear it from someone that was a close friend of JFK, a comedian and close friend, Morton ‘Mort’ Sahl. Kennedy liked Mort’s style of political satire and what he described as his “relentless pursuit of everybody.”
John F. Kennedy asked Sahl to write his jokes for his campaign speeches. After Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, however, Sahl became obsessed with what he saw as the Warren Report‘s inaccuracy and conclusions, and spoke about it often during his shows.
Mort Sahl speaking on the CIA:
“The CIA had gone to such great lengths to protect the people charged in this case, and to keep witnesses from being extradited, and to smear Garrison, we didn’t know how far they’d go. But, it is evident now that if they were willing to and possibly did kill a President. It is also clear they would go to any lengths not to be toppled. And they are so imbedded in the society that the Presidents are almost transients.”
The only President that ever went up against the “state within a state” was Kennedy. And well, look what happened to him.
Mort goes on to say:
“I want to make it very clear. The people on the right are not large enough to be an army, but they have an army of indifferent men, men indifferent to terror. The road to fascism is paved with liberal bricks. While our job to give the young people time enough to become radicals, the job of the liberals is to castrate them before they can get to the radical side, before they can save America, in effect. It’s wholly incredible to me. If I gave you the names of people in show business who are attempting to supress me, they all qualify as wild-eyed left-wing thinkers, in the popular mind.
It’s a sick society, and that’s really the crux. That’s why Garrison says this case is the crux of whether this country goes on or not. Is it an open society? Can the government tell you: “We know better what’s good for you than you know for yourself”? And a lot of this has been incubated by the centralization of authority, which I’m sure the liberals will defend. They think it’s a welfare program for Negroes. Hardly. The Federal government hasn’t done anything good for anybody in quite a long time.
You know, we ridicule our Ronald Reagans, and all. Mr. Reagan has to give something for the taxes. He has to give you Highway 99, or Highway 33, or 101. The Federal government doesn’t have to give you anything, except a brainwash. When you think of the CIA bribing your brothers to turn you in, and you say, “Well, they’ve got an awful lot of money.” An awful lot of money; it’s ours! What do you mean they’ve got a lot of money? They’re rag pickers. You know, and the American dream happens to be sticking to their pants legs like bicycle clips.”
What happened to Morton ‘Mort’ Sahl, you ask?
Following Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Sahl’s interest in who was responsible was so great that he became a deputized member of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison‘s team to investigate the assassination. As a result, Sahl’s comedy would often reflect his politics and included readings and commentary about the Warren Commission Report, of which he consistently disputed its accuracy. He alienated much of his audience, was effectively blacklisted and more of his planned shows were cancelled. His income dropped from $1 million to $19,000 by 1964.
According to Nachman, the excessive focus on the Kennedy assassination details was Sahl’s undoing and wrecked his career. Sahl later admitted that “there’s never been anything that had a stronger impact on my life than this issue,” but added that he nonetheless “thought it was a wonderful quest.”
So when we think of the words,
“I will splinter it into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds“…
…that’s EXACTLY what JFK wanted to do to the FBI….and probably today, we might say….President Trump would agree.
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