The Daily Dot reports that the developers of the Tor software and network have decided to set an ambitious fund raising goal for this year. Specifically they aspire to reduce the portion of their funding which comes from the United States government to under half of their total. Last year roughly three quarters of their funding came from the United States Government. This follows another piece published by Yasha Levine on March 1st where Levine highlighted that the "activists" behind Tor, Open Whisper Systems, and other popular "privacy" ventures receive funding from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a Federal Agency born in the CIA which specializes in propaganda and psychological warfare.
The Tor network and the potential hazards of it have been discussed on Qntra before. This strategy on the part of United States government organs where they insert moles and agents of corruption into activist groups and movements are nothing new. In the 1960's and 1970's the FBI's program to this effect was called COINTELPRO and it worked. Back then it took the form of agents physically going to group meetings. Today it takes the form of creating a Moxie Marlinspike, a cool dude who just likes boats and privacy, but who also eschews stable and strong cryptographic implementations in favor of rapidly changing mobile apps which depend on centralized servers. Servers he can afford because a propaganda agency gives him money for that purpose.