Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
CIA vs. ISI
The CIA is convinced Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, had purposely exposed the agent. However, this would not be the first time the CIA has suspected the ISI of wrongdoing. Last year, the CIA accused the ISI of sending a double agent, who had claimed he would reveal information about Pakistan’s nuclear program, reported the Washington Times in an article titled “CIA, Pakistan’s ISI entangled in spy battle” by Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, published on July 7, 2010. When the CIA alerted the Pakistan government of this the Pakistanis said they would investigate the complaint and then never mentioned the incident again.
American officials also suspect ISI officers assisted in the July 2008 bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the New York Times. They also believe the ISI was involved in the Mumbai attacks last year, carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba militants.
US vs. Pakistan
Sparring between the CIA and ISI underscores America’s struggle with the Pakistani government in its War on Terror and its fight against Al Qaeda. The US is constantly battling with Pakistan to allow its continued drone attacks, which are wildly unpopular in Pakistan. It may be possible that the Pakistani government is using the ISI in order to slow down the unpopular drone attacks, while publicly supporting the US battle against Al Qaeda.
It is ironic that the CIA and the ISI had once worked closely together in their fight against the Russians in Afghanistan. The CIA did in fact create the Afghan Mujahideen, a wing of the ISI, which eventually branched off to become Al Qaeda. This characterizes the two-faced and incestuous nature of the War on Terror that began on 9/11, which many believe to have been an inside job.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The US Government is looking to use the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 to implicate Assange in a conspiracy to actively obtain classified information. This differs from past characterization of Assange’s activities as a passive recipient of classified government documents, which would make dissemination of such information protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
The main piece of evidence in the potential conspiracy charge is instant messages between Manning and Adrian Lamo, an ex-hacker. However, Lamo claims that he cannot provide the full record of the instant message conversation because the FBI has confiscated his computer hard drive containing the information.
If Assange is convicted of conspiracy he may serve up to ten years in prison, pursuant to Section 1030 (c) of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. If he is convicted of more than one count of computer fraud and abuse, Assange may face up to twenty years in prison.
Assange is currently being held in London under sex crime allegations. However, Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens, believes the allegations are only being used to hold Assange in order to extradite him to the US, reported a Financial Times article titled “UK Police Investigate WikiLeaks Supporters,” published on December 15, 2010.