Correspondence between CPS and its Swedish counterparts about WikiLeaks founder deleted after lawyer retired in 2014
Email exchanges between the CPS and its Swedish counterparts over the high-profile case were deleted after the lawyer at the UK end retired in 2014.
The destruction of potentially sensitive and revealing information comes ahead of a tribunal hearing in London next week.
Adding to the intrigue, it emerged the CPS lawyer involved had, unaccountably, advised the Swedes in 2010 or 2011 not to visit London to interview Assange. An interview at that time could have prevented the long-running embassy standoff.
The CPS, responding to questions from the Guardian, denied there were any legal implications of the data loss for an Assange case if it were to come to court in the future. Asked if the CPS had any idea what was destroyed, a spokesperson said: “We have no way of knowing the content of email accounts once they have been deleted.”
A copy of the 400+ pages (700+ pdf) of the CIA/NSA ‘Stellar Wind’ (aka ‘President’s Surveillance’) Program is provided below. Recent commentaries are also included. Stellar Wind was launched in 2001 and continued into the first two years of the Obama administration and in 2011 was ended. Stellar Wind was a creation of the NSA and CIA to track and store all domestic internet traffic. The program’s activities involved data mining of a large database of the communications of American citizens, including e-mail communications, telephone conversations, financial transactions, and Internet activity. Stellar Wind was replaced by a series of other programs, such as Boundless Informant, PRISM and XKeyscore (as exposed by Edward Snowden).
In June 2013 the Washington Post and the Guardian published an OIG draft report, dated March 2009, leaked by Edward Snowden detailing the Stellar Wind program. In June 2013 the Guardian also published the Inspector General’s report on Stellar Wind as well as correspondence involving attorney general Michael Mukasey in 2007 requesting permission for the NSA to expand its ‘contact chains’ deeper into Americans’ email records.
In 2012 the New York Times published a video interview with NSA whistleblower William Binney, who helped design Stellar Wind. NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake also commented on SW.
Here, courtesy of Cryptome, is a copy of a document that examines the legality of the program.
To see the entire ‘Stellar Wind’ (aka ‘President’s Surveillance’) Program document, click here.
To be clear, Falsifying the Trump-Russia Connection is not the same thing as Denying Trump-Russia Connections. This is to say, there are likely connections, but are not what they appear to be. The CIA uses weaponize narratives all the time. Lying to cover up lies, that were never true to start. Fabrications upon fabrications to different actors to get the to do certain things, change their priorities, and act in ways beneficial toward the CIA.
What is the Trump Russia Connection? When it becomes clear, I’ll post more.