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Digital Journal: Op-Ed: DoJ connection to Chamber's Wikileaks plot deserves a closer look

The recent revelation of the Wikileaks plot and collusive smear campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not surprising, but the implication of the U.S. Department of Justice is, and that warrants a closer look.

March 8, 2011-  Shortly after its high-profile attack on President Barack Obama and other Democrats during last year's midterm elections, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (CoC), not to be confused with your local and state CoCs, was once again revealed as the elobrate fraud that it is when details of an elaborate multi-million dollar smear campaign aimed at sabotaging unions, undermining progressive groups and individuals -- Think Progress, Glenn Greenwald, Change to Win, the SEIU, U.S. Chamber Watch and to name a few -- and discrediting WikiLeaks and other critics and foes were leaked by hactivist group Anonymous.

The U.S. CoC, the big business lobby that represents Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Bank of America (BoA), and other major corporations, hired the lobbying firm Hunton & Williams to collude with three "private security" firms to surreptitiously investigate and sabotage its political foes, including their families and children, and to wage a fraudulent cyber smear campaign to try and discredit them. HBGary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies -- who collectively referred to themselves as Team Themis after the Roman God of law and order -- were solicited by Hunton & Williams to develop and carry out the smear campaign.

67,00 emails from late 2010 and early 2011, and other documents were leaked by Anonymous after Aaron Barr, HBGary Federal's CEO, spent the month of January trying to uncover the real identities of Anonymous. Barr began publicizing his information without divulging the names of Anonymous admins. After Barr had a story published in the Financial Times, Anonymous shut him down. Anonymous also claims to have accessed Stuxnet, the sophisticated computer virus reportedly developed as a joint Israeli-US cyber attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, in HBGary Federal's computer system.

A Team Themis proposal (PDF) provides an overview of what it deems "The WikiLeaks Threat." The presentation provides an elaborate attack plan against WikiLeaks which includes the character assassination of Glenn Greenwald, an avid supporter and defender of WikiLeaks, cyber attacks, disinformation and other proactive tactics. According to a Tech Herald report, Hunton & Williams was recommended to BoA by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) for an internal investigation surrounding WikiLeaks. The proposal makes it clear that Team Themis is comprised of significant government contractors. Is the DoJ's recommendation to BoA to use illicit tactics against WikiLeaks a harbinger of the future for an allegedly free press? Many of the tactics, some of which are illegal, revealed in the leaked documents are the same ones the Pentagon planned to use to try and destroy WikiLeaks in 2008.



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