WikiLeaks Addresses The Business of eSpionage. Lack of funds blocked, the site takes its leaks, this time targeting the web of espionage on a global scale. Phones, email, and various traces left by internet surfing on the Web: nothing escapes the vigilance of industry intelligence online.
WikiLeaks had to suspend publication in October due to lack of cash. After a month without leaks, the valve was reopened to confidential documents. Concern and those published Thursday, this time, espionage by governments of their own citizens through technology provided by manufacturers specializing in surveillance.
At a press conference, Assange launched the publication of hundreds of documents from 160 manufacturers in 25 countries specializing in surveillance and interception of telecommunications. They show how these systems allow governments to monitor individuals through their mobile phones, email accounts and the traces on the Internet. “Today we are releasing more than 287 records showing the reality of an industry of large-scale monitoring – an industry that sells its equipment as well as dictatorships to democracies to spy on whole populations,” said the founder of Wikileaks in London.
Libyan opponents touted via email
These documents released Thursday include monitoring manuals sold in the past authoritarian regimes in the Arab world like Syria, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Meanwhile, in Paris, the site Owni.fr unveiled in partnership with nearly 1100 WikiLeaks documents from manufacturers that a French company, Amesys, which does business with the regime of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. E-mail seven Libyan opposition in exile, living in the United Kingdom or the United States, have been touted in these countries, the interception system monitoring and sold to Libya by Qadhafi Amesys, according to this site.
According to Julian Assange, industry monitoring and interception of communications has grown from a small circle of customers in the intelligence agencies like the U.S. and British intelligence, a global network. Experts, who have worked with WikiLeaks for the publication of documents, called for regulation of these technologies. “Western governments can not remain inactive when this technology is for sale,” said Eric King, the NGO Privacy International.