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Boundless Informant[edit]

Thank you for uploading the slides! WhisperToMe (talk) 18:01, 7 August 2013 (UTC)


I take it you are the former IP that I've been conversing with? So, it seems Snowden has dropped off the front page, other than Obama having a spat with Putin. But has anyone heard anything from Snowden since he left the airport? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 13:32, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, that's me. Greenwald maintains contact via encrypted chat. And reports that Mr Snowden is in good spirits and is doing well. Staying with some new-found American friends in Moscow. I take it that Snowden always wanted the story to be about the documents, anyhow. His dad is coming for a visit, with a delegation that includes Bruce Fein, and some friends. Expect the media vultures to appear when that occurs. The elder Snowden has taken up the mantle of advocate, doing all kinds of TV appearances. Also expect the vultures to descend when the younger Snowden accepts whatever employment he is offered. Or perhaps, even if he stubs his little toe.
The next big reveal from Greenwald will happen in the next week or so. And Laura Poitras also has a complete archive. It would appear that there are enough shoes to drop to fill an entire store, given the size of the cache. In other news, Letters i have written to various senators back in June have started to receive replies. There is nothing new to be found in Mr Paul's letter, but Feinstein has dropped a nugget.

" Two examples where these surveillance programs were used to prevent terrorist attacks were: (1) the attempted bombing of the New York City subway system in September 2009 by Najibullah Zazi and his co-conspirators; and (2) the attempted attack on a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in October 2009 by U.S. citizen David Headley and his associate."

The Headley plot was unknown to me, and this is the first mention of it being connected to the Bulk Phone Metadata program. In researching the case, however, I am quite skeptical that the said program was required, as he's been a bad apple since the 1990s, and had long standing ties to terrorism and drugs. I suspect that more normal procedures were used. --Paulmd199 (talk) 16:55, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
Seems a shoe has dropped earlier than I thought. I forgot about the rest of the Guardian staff. They have some limited access too. --Paulmd199 (talk)
They had better be careful. If Putin decides that their publishing such info is detrimental to US-Russian relations, there could be hell to pay for Snowden. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 21:30, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

The next shoe is looming. And it's big. I am not 100% Snowden is the wearer, but he's definitely made the short list. --Paulmd199 (talk) 07:38, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

August 2013[edit]

Hello, I'm A.amitkumar. I noticed that you made a change to an article, 2013 mass surveillance disclosures, but you didn't provide a source. I’ve removed it for now, but if you’d like to include a citation to a reliable source and re-add it, please do so! If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks.  A m i t  웃   03:04, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

I just wrote that five minutes ago and am in process of digesting a very large disclosure.
Moreover, did you check the comment?
I will be editing this article for the next several hours. I will revert all of your removals.

--Paulmd199 (talk) 03:10, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

New WaPo NSA slides[edit]

There are new NSA slides from the WaPo: - FVEY (Five Eyes), FAA(FISA amendments), RAGTIME, Octave, and UTT (Unified Targeting Tool) - have they been uploaded yet? WhisperToMe (talk) 14:46, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Not by me. That's today's project. I do have them. We now have two screencaps for UTT. Which means there should be a separate article. I've already added the entry in the disambig page, just waiting for an actual article. That's a large disclosure, it helps flesh out several articles. --Paulmd199 (talk) 15:31, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
Thank you :) WhisperToMe (talk) 16:02, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
They are now on the 2013 MSD article. Feel free to include them elsewhere.
Thanks again! WhisperToMe (talk) 16:52, 16 August 2013 (UTC)


Astounding work rate so far, Sir. Do you think Detention of David Miranda and The Guardian hard drive destruction should be spun off into two new articles? Thanks for you edit to my GC-Wiki. Gareth E Kegg (talk) 01:35, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

The Miranda story I think will be an ongoing event, with all kinds of ramifications. Especially if it succeeds in successfully challenging Schedule 7 itself. However, I consider the law itself a bigger issue than any individual case; creation or expansion of the existing wiki article is necessary for a researcher to really understand the case.
What I consider most important about the case, is that it highlights a law that has been used over 230,000 times to detain people, without any charge or indeed any suspicion, and denies them all rights that they would have elsewhere. The article on the Miranda case is worth creating. The second, concerning the data destruction theater at the Guardian I think is more apt to be minor in the scheme of things, unless similar events reoccur. --Paulmd199 (talk) 03:52, 24 August 2013 (UTC)


Hello and thank you for starting new articles about Stormbrew and Oakstar! Especially the screencaps and the tables listing of the various sub-programs are very helpful as they reveal many hitherto undisclosed details. Keep up the good work! Greetings, P2Peter (talk) 02:12, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

You're welcome. There is more yet to do with that disclosure. Royalnet, flying Pig, hush puppy, legion jade, quick ant (which goes after tor). there is another Unified targeting tool screencap too. --Paulmd199 (talk) 07:51, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
Yes, the disclosures happen so fast, it's almost impossible to keep up with them, let alone to analyse them. But let's do our best. P2Peter (talk) 15:29, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Snowden CIA employee?[edit]

The source that you cite in Snowden talk does not confirm that he was a CIA employee, You can insert that source if you want but I am not and I will not get into Wiki edit bullying.Patroit22 (talk) 18:35, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

September 2013[edit]

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New NSA slides about buddy lists[edit]

WhisperToMe (talk) 16:48, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

New NSA document[edit]

Here's another one WhisperToMe (talk) 06:17, 24 November 2013 (UTC)

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