I thought I’d write up some notes about the Wikileaks CIA “#vault7” leak. This post will be updated frequently over the next 24 hours.

Sane analysis of what there is and isn’t to worry about.

I cam across this analysis of the Vault7 stuff via John Gruber of Daring Fireball, whom I consider a trusted source. As he says: “I don’t trust WikiLeaks at all. They’re an arm of Russian intelligence as far as I’m concerned.”

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  1. I think it’s probably solipsistic to try and align Wikileaks’ agenda with anything going on with our national politics. Like, working with Trump? Seemed like a temporary alliance, hoping that a disruptive leader will work toward breaking down what they perceive to be … I don’t know. A dangerous hegemony, I guess. Empire in all but name. And true to his word, Trump is doing what he said he’d do and his loyal mandarins are clarifying that chaos and destruction are exactly the plan.

    The CIA dump I think aligns ideologically with what looks to my eyes like a certain brand of libertarianism, that you can’t trust invasive policies and tools to exist just because you trust “your team” to use them well. Now we’ve got a truly bad apple with his pussy-grabbing hands all over this stuff we trusted Obama’s administration with. I imagine privacy technology will catch up faster now that we know what the CIA is capable of, and that’s ostensibly good news for parts of the world where it’s necessary: Syria, China, etc. Just because the CIA has these tools doesn’t mean the CPC doesn’t.

    I think there’s probably a personal angle for Assange as well but that’s harder for me to suss out. And I’m not totally sure how Wikileaks works behind the scenes. I know he’s their highly visible spokesthing but I think there’s a larger deliberative body behind the leaks as well.

    I think further confusing this is that Russia I think has an interest in introducing general distrust and chaos into the American system. So they’ve got hacker teams (probably) dumping stuff to Wikileaks because it serves both their agendas, even though Wikileaks has libertarian goals and Russia has global power/respect ambitions.

    Technology has put a lot of power in the hands of non-state actors and I think that makes for fast-moving temporary alliances.

  2. exactly the plan. The CIA dump I think aligns ideologically with what looks to my eyes like a certain brand of libertarianism, that you can’t trust invasive policies and tools to exist just because you trust “your team” to use them well. Now we’ve got a truly bad apple with his pussy-grabbing hands all over this stuff we trusted Obama’s administration with. I imagine privacy technology will catch up faster now that we know what the CIA is capable of, and that’s ostensibly good news for parts of the world where it’s necessary: Syria, China, etc. Just because the CIA has these tools doesn’t mean the CPC doesn’t. I think there’s probably a personal angle for Assange as well but that’s harder for me to suss out. And I’m not totally sure how Wikileaks works behind the scenes. I know he’s their highly visible spokesthing but I think there’s a larger deliberative body behind the leaks as well. I think further confusing this is that Russia I think has an interest in introducing general distrust and chaos into the American system. So they’ve got hacker teams (probably) dumping stuff to Wikileaks because it serves both their agendas, even though Wikileaks has libertarian goals and Russia has global power/respect ambitions. Technology has put a lot of power in the hands of non-state actors and I think that makes for fast-moving temporary alliances.]]>