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Twenty-five years after the world wide web was created, it is now caught in the greatest controversy of its existence: surveillance.

With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor our every move, Horizon meets the hackers and scientists whose technology is fighting back. It is a controversial technology, and some law enforcement officers believe it is leading to ‘risk-free crime’ on the ‘dark web’ – a place where almost anything can be bought, from guns and drugs to credit card details.

Featuring interviews with the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and the co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Horizon delves inside the ‘dark web’.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed a major gathering of computer experts Monday at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany, calling on them to join forces in resisting government intrusions on Internet freedom and privacy. We play highlights from Assange’s speech, as well as the one given by Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks member who accompanied Edward Snowden to Russia.

We also hear from independent journalist and security expert Jacob Appelbaum, who reveals a spying tool used by the National Security Agency known as a “portable continuous wave generator.” The remote-controlled device works in tandem with tiny electronic implants to bounce invisible waves of energy off keyboards and monitors to see what is being typed. It works even if the target computer is not connected to the Internet.


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During “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, NSA Director Keith Alexander showed exactly why he is clueless about the online world and the impact of Wikileaks on world politics.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The final point that Pierre made, the question about some government officials are asking whether WikiLeaks is a legitimate journalistic organization or an enemy of the state, where do you come down on that?

ALEXANDER: I have no opinion on WikiLeaks. I really don’t track them. I don’t know — I really don’t know who WikiLeaks are, other than this Assange person. My job, again, defend the nation. So –

And then Stephanopoulos changed the subject completely. That’s right. The man in charge of the NSA, whose job it is to know who is a threat to America has no idea who Wikileaks are. Apparently, he’s never heard of Collateral Murder, Bradley Manning, or Julian Assange. The United States still wants Assange arrested and extradited to the US so that he can stand trial for espionage. Yet, Keith Alexander has no idea who WikiLeaks is.

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Actors Russell Brand, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Wallace Shawn join Oliver Stone, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and journalists Chris Hedges, Matt Taibbi and a slew of others who lend Manning their support. Daniel Ellsberg, the former US Defense Department employee who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, is also featured. 

“If you saw incredible things, awful things, things that belonged in the public domain and not in some server stored in a dark room in Washington,” each advocate says in the campaign trailer, “What would you do?”

Besides the collateral murder video, here are some of the things that Bradley Manning leaked via diplomatic cables.

Collateral Murder video, short and unedited versions.

The US military knowingly handed over dissidents to Iraqi officials fully aware they would be tortured (Manning brought this to his superior’s attention and was told to shut up and go back to work).

A strike team raided a house in Iraq handcuffed entire family including a pregnant woman a grandmother and children and executed them. They then called in an air strike to cover it up.

That we were drone striking targets in Yemen.

That the US forced Ethiopia to invade Somalia in 2006.

Hillary Clinton ordered state department officials to spy on diplomats at the UN including stealing biometric data and credit card info.

Obama threatened Spain and Germany to drop torture probe against the bush administration.

The US is threatening EU nations who won’t allow gm crops into their markets.

The US maneuvered to get around cluster bomb ban.

Egyptian torturers trained by FBI.

In the end, only 1% of the files Manning gave to Wikileaks were published. Wikileaks then went to the Pentagon for help on what to redact, but were ignored. The United States later said that what was released was embarrassing, but not damaging to the United States. The cables were all labeled as Confidential or Secret, the two lowest classes of secrecy. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked what is now known as The Pentagon Papers, leaked Top Secret documents and was never punished as Manning has been.

These are things Americans should know about their governments. Is Manning guilty? Yes, he leaked classified information. However, there is questions as to whether any of that information should have even been classified. Still think what Manning did was wrong?


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