The US/UN backed "government" in Tripoli has issued an arrest warrant for leader Khalifa Haftar who has lead a campaign capturing much of the country (archived). Haftar's forces have kept the "Government of National Accord" in Tripoli under fire for the past two weeks. Six of Haftar's officers have had arrest warrants issued for launching airstrikes at "government" positions. Issuing arrest warrants in the face of airstrikes and an active seige demonstrates a strong committment to Pantsuitist form on the part of the National Accordist government as well as a lack of… actual national accord.
Pierre Omidyar's "The Intercept" under the editorship of USG stooge Glenn Greenwald has stopped work on the Snowden archive citing the lack of headlines in five years as the reason for doing so (archived). Nevermind the lack of releases from the archive prevents headlines being written. They sat on a treasure trove whose only value was in being released and instead did nothing. Nothing beyond giving away the leakers that followed Snowden, to the tune of 5 years in prison for poor Reality Winner. Or as the rat Greenwald calls it:
From the time we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded.
"Careful reporting" to protect "innocent people" as identified through a stooge tinted lens allows the empire's evil to continue fermenting in the safety of darkness. Nevermind the actual moral imperative professional journalists carry of indicting the guilty. If you are one of the self identified journalists holding a copy of the Snowden archive and would like to become a professional journalist with ethics aligning to morals, you are invited to do some reading and get in touch.
The ongoing anti-Macron protests in France are escalating to include the burning of goverment buildings (archived). The mainstream media has gone from misrepresenting the protest as being about fuel prices to misrepresenting them to being about low standards of living and inequality, while everything including the banners suggests these are anti-Left/Centerist Make France Great Again in nature. The protester are of a more historically French look than is apparently fashionable nowadays while "New French" demographics appear to be avoiding the revolutionaries.
Meanwhile social engineering firm Facebook has stepped in to prevent images from Macron's BLACKED photoshoot from circulating on their platform under the guise that they are too sexual.
Macron has been forced to go straight from the G20 playing Merkel's successor as leader of European Africanization and his own chosen role as Europe's counter to Trump into emergency meetings while France burns against him. As France continues to burn against him, Macron will have to choose between surrendering to the French people or becoming more oppressive than Syria's popularly elected president Assad.
The US Treasury Department's "Office of Foreign Asset Control" has targeted two Bitcoin addresses as a part of of their efforts to sanction Iran (archived). This incident highlights the abject incompatibility of the criminal organization calling itself the United States Government and the honest Bitcoin network. The criminal organzation, which is absurdly claiming it can have an office for the purpose of controlling foreign assets in foreign lands, is trying to say our Bitcoin network far above their criminal reach must change its rules on their say so just the same as any other bum asks your favor with nothing to offer but more asks.
Update: Transactions were sent to the "sanctioned" addresses despite impotent proclamations.
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
Various "national security" agencies in the US and Airstrip One are aggressively denying reports that server motherboards assembled in China for their darlings including Amazon and Apple by way of a defense contractor, contained hardware implants allowing for Chinese ownership of the machines (archived). The language of the denials, especially on the part of the afflicted darlings, involves substantial claims and fabrications of ignorace with respect to this particular embarrassing episode. At the same time the denials on the part of the companies are sufficiently slimey to likely evade claims of fraud over the denials when weighed according to the rituals performed by empire courts at a later date.
Given their hallucinations of immunity from claims, denials by "national security" agencies are rarely bounded by such cautions. Given the weight of incentives, hedging by parties that might have problems, and the contrasting boldness by parties imagining themselves to immunity from those problems… The credibility of these denials is very low.
Intel has begun attaching a license clause prohibiting comparative benchmarking to its CPU microcode updates (archived). Intel has spent the past year deluged with reports of critical flaws in their CPUs related to speed optimizations which fundamentally compromise the ability of their chips to be secure, especially in multi user systems. This fumbling by Intel to supress comparative benchmarks between patched and unpatched chips is only their latest attempt to paper over how much of their chips' fradulent speed advantage is lost with anything resembling effective mitigations1 for these engineered holes.
Today disclosure of two plaintext leaking behaviors in email clients handling OpenPGP and S/MIME encrypted messages has been released (archived). The vulnerability affecting S/MIME is baked into the S/MIME standard and may only be mitigated by abandoning S/MIME, no other mitigation is possible. Meanwhile the plaintext leaking behavior affecting OpenPGP encrypted emails requires certain common but very stupid behavior on the part of an email client and the user allowing the email client to be involved in decrypting the message.
The attack in OpenPGP encrypted email involves the message being molested on the wire in such a way the plaintext metadata surrounding the cyphertext is modified to engage your typical email client's HTML rendering engine. If the email client is allowed to be involved in decrypting the cyphertext as is common with various client "plugins", the email client can "phone home" the plaintext after decryption to the message's molester according to the spurious instructions delivered to the HTML rendering engine. The mitigation for this vulnerability is hygiene and not allowing your email client to be involved in cryptographic operations beyond sending and recieving cyphertext blobs encrypted and decrypted elsewhere.
Ursula Haverbeck, an 89 year old survivor of the second World War, is being pursued by German Police and a group calling itself "The International Auschwitz Committee" (archived). Haverbeck, who was 16 years old in 1945, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for disputing the official Holocaust narrative. In light of her advanced age, any prison sentence is likely to be a life sentence.
While actual violence against Jews is increasing in Germany an awful lot of efforts seems to be wasted trying to ensure a non-violent political activist dies in jail.
Substantial butthurt is coming out of the USG Department of bagholding as the US Department of Defense looks to award a 10 year single provider "cloud" computing contract (archived). The feedbeasts marketing commercial "cloud" computes are already crying foul that only one of them will get chosen for the priviledge of serving the most gullible customer in history.