In a petition to the US District Court for Eastern Virginia, US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger and Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer argue for issuing sealed charges in a case titled "United States of America v. SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI" with SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI presumably being a pseudonym for the defendant who may not be named. Except further down in the document a failure in redaction yields gold:
Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.
And a bit further down:
The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.
And so any order to seal the charges being leveled at Julian Assange is moot. If there are not already sealed charges against Assange in different pseudonymously obscured case, it can be assumed there will be in another regardless of the determination in this one. Full text below: Continue reading →
Today the "entertainment" press is clogged with stories of which celebrity homes have burned, and which are next in line to be consumed by a wildfire tearing through the Pantsuit fiat-affluent left coast stronghold of Malibu. A number of washed up has beens long out of the paparazzi eye including Martin Sheen suddenly found renewed attention as "missing" persons for evacuating without press escorts.
Researchers at the Netherland's Radboud University, total enrollment 19,904 students, have confirmed the safe assumption that the onboard encryption offered by a number of SSD makers is indeed homeopathic and useless (archived). They describe what they refer to as a "pattern of critical issues" which allow them the freedom to read nominally encrypted volumes on a number of Crucial and Samsung drive models. Users of Microsoft Window's "Bitlocker" drive encryption are especially vulnerable since "Bitlocker" trusts onboard SSD encryption engines and will forgo applying its own software encryption when an SSD offers to do the encrypting. The "Make Security Theatre Again" movement is alive and well with mainstream hardware and software vendors.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is begging China to "act like a normal nation" and avoid capturing developing nations in a debt trap leading to decades of pain widely distributed around the world (archived). This appeal seemingly crafted to tear at the heartstrings is void of a certain necessary context: Trapping developing nations in debt and amplifying their pain is the US and EU's schtick and they would very much like China to step back and get out of their way.
UG Federal Communications Commisioner Michael O'Rielly regaled attendees at the "Free Speech America Gala" with a weird ball of Fiat Pantsuitist insanity (archived). The Commisioner attacked so called "Pirate" radio, where people broadcast on radio frequency spectrum without submitting to Fiatist rules as contrary to Free Speech. The cognitive disonnance required to advance the position "Free Speech" is only possible with a permission slip from a censorhip agency is mind boggling.
The daily hate's latest target Gab is set up to have Godaddy steal their domain name as Godaddy tends to do. This is problematic for "all comers" toilets which need the centralized registries, but breaking dependence on centralized DNS is very recommended. In a lesser setback worthy of noting for the indictment, Medium.com suspended Gab's account on their platform and in the process deleted an apologetic post by the Gab team where they announced their cooperation with "law enforcement" among other things.
IBM has reached an agreement to buy Red Hat, paying cash at a price of 190 USD per share (archived). IBM will colocate Red Hat in their "Hybrid Cloud" section. Red Hat ran out of "rebel" and "Innovator" credibility when the red hat inspiring their name was discovered to be a Cornell University lacross team hat, but being bought out by the punch card company is something else.