338 Individuals Across 12 Countries Indicted by US Justice Department After Largest Ever Child Pornography Bust

Earlier today, October 16th 2018, the United States Department of Justice announced indictments of 338 individuals across 12 countries after the take down and seizure of a DarkNet website called “Welcome To Video” – the largest DarkNet child pornography site, by volume, US authorities have ever uncovered. The site itself is said to have been owned and operated by a 23 years old by the name of Jong Woo Son – whom is currently serving other charges for child pornography in South Korea, of which he is a citizen.

Upon unsealing today’s indictment, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division stated thatDarknet sites that profit from the sexual exploitation of children are among the most vile and reprehensible forms of criminal behavior. This Administration will not allow child predators to use lawless online spaces as a shield. Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Department of Justice remains firmly committed to working closely with our partners in South Korea and around the world to rescue child victims and bring to justice the perpetrators of these abhorrent crimes.” It’s also said that the site itself was ultimately done in by the use of Bitcoin transactions, which allowed authorities “to determine the location of the Darknet server, identify the administrator of the website and ultimately track down the website server’s physical location in South Korea.

It should also be noted that while 12 countries were identified in the indictment, most of the individuals named do come from the US – spanning across 24 different states. Interestingly enough, I’d estimate that over 90% of all the US citizens named were between the ages of 24 and 42 at the time of their arrest – something I would not have expected going into the story.

Statement from DoJ: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet-child
Indictment Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210441/download
Complaint for Forfeiture: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210461/download

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Julian Assange Formally Charged With 18 Counts Under United States War-Time Espionage Act

Earlier today the United States Department of Justice made international headlines when it released a copy of a new indictment of Julian Assange, outlining 18 addittional charges against him under the Espionage Act of 1917. According to a statement from the DoJ accompanying the release, “Assange was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense” – ultimately resulting in “in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.

Statement from DoJ Accompanying Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-charged-18-count-superseding-indictment?fbclid=IwAR09AGg1cbaYR9Tv5vtvVFfkOOqhrNljugx51tinxTt33B3AF2rgiKohpQk
Download Copy of Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1165556/download

However, in response to news of the charges, Wikileaks and The Courage Foundation released a joint statement reading

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Additionally, Wikileaks and The Courage Foundation drafted an open letter to Donald Trump imploring him to drop all charges against Julian Assange – citing 1st Amendment violations which will surely arise from this trail. Wikileaks has released a copy of the open letter to the public, and are asking for all members of the public to sign the letter and show their support for Assange. At the time of this article, May 23rd 2019, there have been a little over 5,200 signatures about 5 hours after the letter was posted online.

Sign Open Letter To President Trump: https://defend.wikileaks.org/openletter/

Lastly, as the man whom provided Lauri Love with a defense ultimately resulting in his extradition to the United States being denied, I firmly believe that Julian Assanges extradition will also be denied – especially in light of these charges. I say this because Julian Assange is an Australian citizen, whom allegedly carried out the crimes he is charged with in Europe. As such, Julian Assange was never at any point in time under any legal burden whatsoever to comply with United States based laws – that’s just not how the world works. As I jokingly pointed out on Twitter earlier today, Italy for example has no underage drinking laws – but the US does. Therefore, Assanges extradition under these charges would essentially be the equivalent of trying to extradite a 16 year old from Italy for under age drinking in Rome – but here in the United States. See what I mean? It’s just never going to happen, no matter how “Butthurt” the US Government is that their classified docs were stolen/published.

Copy of Full Indictment:

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Pepe The Unredacted Frog Releases FBI Files of ‘The Dancing Israeli’s’ Won via Freedom of Information Act Request

So, here’s an interesting story that doesn’t appear to be getting much press anywhere – except by news outlets which have been banned off Facebook and Google 🤔. Regardless, it revolves around a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted to the FBI seeking information related to five individuals referred to as “The Dancing Israeli’s,” whom were detained by the FBI shortly after the 9/11 Terror attacks of September 11th 2001.

According to a previously redacted report released by the FBI in 2002, these 5 individuals arrived in a parking lot and began filming the Twin Towers up to 40 minutes prior to the first plane strike – indicating that the group had prior knowledge the attacks were immanent. As the rest of the footage shows, the group then proceeded to document the full attack from the parking garage – going as far as to begin dancing and celebrating wildly as the towers burned and collapsed in the background. While the group has since been forgotten, a later investigation revealed that at least two of the five men were active members of Mossad, Israeli Intelligence, whom were undercover on assignment in the US at the time. Moreover, one of the five men, Oded Ellner, also went on to directly state that they were only there in the first place to “document the event” – the terror attack itself.

View Redacted FBI Report – The Dancing Israeli’s 9/11/2001: https://archive.org/details/DancingIsraelisFBIReport

As it is now clear to see, Israeli intelligence was indeed aware of the 9/11 terror attack well before it occurred, begging the question why more wasn’t done to prevent it in the first place? While we may never know the answer to that question, a US citizen referring to themselves simply as “Pepe The Unredacted Frog” has just posted documents won via a recent FOIA request made with the FBI in regards to these five individuals – the dancing Israeli’s. Interestingly enough, despite the US Department of Justice previously claiming that pictures of the 5 individuals were destroyed as of 2014, the FBI released a series of redacted photos of the individuals in 2019 – fully redacting their facial expressions, presumably because some of them are/were active secret foreign agents.

The documents were released to the public for the first time on May 12th 2019, which you can access via their Twitter handle or download link below. Rogue Media Labs has also made the documents browse-able via the pdf embed also featured below.

Download 5 Israeli’s FBI FOIA Release: https://www.scribd.com/document/409691150/FOIA-Release-of-9-11-Dancing-Israelis-thru-the-FBI

https://twitter.com/DualCitiznPepe/status/1127692509768028160

The release is fairly interesting on many levels, chief of which is the fact that US allies were well aware of the terror attacks we before they happened – and that Israeli agents publicly celebrated the incidents. If you would like to learn more about the history surrounding these events or these people, you are invited to read an excellent report by Whitney Webb of Mintpress News featured below.

Browse Full 17 Page Dancing Israeli’s FOIA Release:

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For The 3rd Time In Less Than 2 Years, an Intercept Source Has Been Arrested for Leaking Classified Information

As if you need any more reason to stop reading The Intercept, yesterday morning, May 9th 2019, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) arrested 31 years old Daniel Hale, a former United States Air Force Intelligence Analyst and National Security Agency (NSA) contractor for supplying the New York based news outlet with classified Government information. According to an indictment released by the Department of Justice yesterday morning, Hale is being charged with “illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter” – Jeremy Scahill, editor of The Intercept. More specifically, “Hale is charged with obtaining national defense information, retention and transmission of national defense information, causing the communication of national defense information, disclosure of classified communications intelligence information, and theft of government property. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years,” meaning he is essentially facing life in prison.

The arrest comes on conclusion to a 6 year long counter-intelligence investigation into the matter, during which the Justice Department found that “beginning in April 2013, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the NSA, Hale began communicating with a reporter” – Mr. Scahill. Explaining how, from there, “while employed as a cleared defense contractor, Hale printed from his Top Secret computer 36 documents, including 23 documents unrelated to his work at NGA. Of the 23 documents unrelated to his work at NGA, Hale provided at least 17 to the reporter and/or the reporter’s online news outlet, which published the documents in whole or in part. Eleven of the published documents were classified as Top Secret or Secret and marked as such.

Interestingly and stupidly enough, even as Hale was secretly/illegally leaking these documents to Jeremy Scahill in private, the two were still appearing together with one another in public – such as you can see below in a 2013 book release during which Scahill was joined in person, on stage, with then contractor Hale.

For those of you keeping track at home, the arrest of Hale yesterday marks the third such time a source of The Intercept has been arrested in the last two years – adding to the arrests Reality Winner in 2017 and Terry Albury in 2018. As someone whom publishes leaked/classified information myself, I would just like to point out the fact that not a single one of my sources has ever been arrested – and never will. While The Intercept has slowly been declining/failing dating back to 2016, for all the reasons just described, I for one am calling on a complete boycott of The Intercept for failing to protect the very sources that made them famous in the first place. Such a same.

Wikileaks Publishes Letter from US Justice Department Outlining Potentiality of Future Charges Under US Espionage Act

Earlier today, April 26th 2019, for the first time, Wikileaks published a letter sent to Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a Wikileaks spokesperson, from the US Department of Justice, outlining the US’s possible intent to charge Julian Assange under the US Espionage Act in the future. Dated March 7th 2019, the letter is significant for a number of reasons. First and foremost because it’s the first look any of us have gotten into the case the US Government will be attempting to make against Julian Assange and second, because it shows the true extent to which journalists can be persecuted for their alleged “crimes” – at least here in the United States of America, that is.

As specified in the letter, the US Department of Justice may one day soon attempt to charge Assange with “unauthorized receipt and dissemination of classified information,” for which there are theoretical charges of either death or life in prison. However, international law prohibits the UK’s extradition of Assange if he faces the death penalty, which is why US prosecutors are adamant he would only face life in prison. However, as the letter even specifies, Assange may merely be charged with these crimes at some point in the future if he’s unwilling to cooperate with US authorities. This is because, at least for the time being, Asange hasn’t been charged with them – yet. For this very reason, essentially, letter can also be thought of as nothing more than a scare tactic of sorts – which is why Assange’s legal team was unafraid to release the letter to the public here today.

Translated Copy of Letter:

United States Department of Justice
United States Attorney’s Office
Eastern Judicial District of Virginia

Dana J. Boente
United States Attorney’s Office
2100 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-3700
(703) 299-3980 (Fax)

March 7th, 2018

Subject: Daniel Domscheit-Berg

Dear attorney to Mr. Domscheit-Berg:

At the request of the United States, the German authorities have requested that your client be voluntarily questioned. This letter sets forth the terms under which your client would be heard about possible violations of United States federal criminal law regarding the unauthorized receipt and dissemination of classified information.

First, your client will answer all questions fully and truthfully and will provide all information, documents and records held or controlled by your client or to which your client has access and which are related to the subject of the interrogation.

Second, except as noted below, if the United States prosecutes your client, no statements or other information provided by you or your client during the course of the interrogation will be admissible in the government’s taking of evidence in court (case-in-chief) or in the imposition of penalties.

Third, the United States is permitted to reuse and pursue any investigative notices, statements or information that your client recommends or provides. Such derivative information may be used against your client at any time in the course of any criminal or civil proceedings. For example, if your client provides the information necessary to gain access to his electronic devices, this Agreement does not prohibit the disclosure of information obtained through a lawful search warrant on such devices.

Fourth, the United States may use such statements and information in cross-examination and rebuttal if your client appears as a witness at any stage of a civil or criminal proceeding and makes statements that differ from the statements or information provided by your client during the interrogation. In addition, the United States may use such statements and information to disprove further evidence offered or received or factual evaluations presented by or on behalf of your client that differ from the statements or information provided by your client during the interrogation.

Fifth, your client will be subject to prosecution for such violations, including, but not limited to, false testimony and obstruction of justice, if your client intentionally provides the government with false, misleading, or statements and information designed to obstruct justice. Any prosecution could be based on statements or information provided by your client during the interrogation, and the statements and information provided by your client during the interrogation could be used against your client.

Sixth, your client and the government agree that there will be no compromise negotiations or discussion of pleas at the interrogation session. However, should the hearing later be construed as a case of compromise or discussion of pleas, your client will wilfully and voluntarily waive any rights he may have under Federal Rules of Evidence 408 and 410 and Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(f) that would not otherwise permit the use against your client of statements made during such negotiations or discussions.

Seventh, neither you nor your client will disclose the existence or manner of this Agreement to anyone other than your client’s family, without prior consultation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office or a court of competent jurisdiction.

Finally, the offer (proffer) to your client will be made in accordance with the agreements set forth herein. There are no promises, agreements or understandings between the parties other than those set forth in this Agreement and no amendments to this Agreement shall be effective unless signed in writing by the parties with the same formalities as in this Agreement.

If your client wishes to be heard under the conditions set out above, you and your client sign this letter as indicated below and return the original to me.

Yours sincerely

Tracy Doherty-McCormick
Acting United States Attorney

By:
Kellen S. Dwyer
Assistant United States Attorney

Download Original Copy of Letter: https://cdn.netzpolitik.org/wp-upload/2019/04/2018-03-07_US-DOJ-DDB.pdf

English Translation of Letter: https://netzpolitik.org/2019/wikileaks-the-us-is-indeed-investigating-assange-for-publishing-secret-information-doj-letter-suggests/#2018-03-07_US-DOJ-DDB-WikiLeaks-ENG

Copy of Original Letter:

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Black Water Security Releases Internal Memo Leaked by Former Duetsche Bank Employee Shedding Light On Possible Money Laundering Scandal

In response to the release of the Mueller Report earlier this afternoon, a group of intelligence contractors known as “Black Water Security” published a copy of a leaked memo provided to them by a former Deutsche Bank employeewhom apparently quit after receiving a copy of this very memo nearly two and a half years ago, and whom decided to go public about it after questioning the results of the redacted release of the Mueller Investigation here today.

In a statement to Rogue Media Labs, Black Water Security explained how “a bank’s AFC (anti-financial crime) regulation is meant to stop the bank from participating in laundering the proceeds of illegal activity.” Adding that “Through our contact with an employee at Deutsche Bank USA, we have learned that senior global management officials within the bank were involved in actively relaxing the internal policy of the bank when it comes to financial dealings with Russia. This particular memo was sent in response to an associate of my source flagging a transaction involving VTB Group, which is 60% owned by the Russian government.

Upon researching the incidents in question a little further, I managed to stumble upon record of a December 2016 publication revealing how Deutsche Bank attempted to sell off a $600 million dollar loan from VTB Group, the same group mentioned in the November 25th memo below, before ultimately failing to do so – managing only to sell off $300 million dollars of it to a Russian bank known as Alfa Bank. After sharing this information back with the source of the leak, Black Water Security stated that”Given the dates in comparison to the memo, it seems the memo may have had the intention to mask possible laundering of money to pay off the VTB loan. Or to prevent internal scrutiny (whistleblowers) from flagging the loan.” Essentially, Deutsche Bank just wanted to sell off the loan as quickly as possible and didn’t care how Russia raised the money to do so – which is certainly interesting information in its own right.

Download Copy of Memo: https://www.scribd.com/document/406746667/Deutsche-Bank-Russia-Memo

Copy of Leaked Memo 11/25/2016:

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US Department of Justice Releases Full 448 Page Redacted Version of Mueller Report

I’m going to keep this article short and sweet, 100% opinion free. I know, what a revelation -right? But without any further adieu, earlier today, April 18th 2019, under the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the US Department of Justice finally/officially released their full, albeit redacted, 448 page copy of the now infamous Mueller Investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. You can download the entire file for yourself below, or click through via the pdf embed below – enjoy!

Download Full 448 Page Copy: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/muellerreport.pdf

Browse Report:

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FBI & 10 US Federal Agencies Sued In Class Action Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit

Having been heavily entrenched in this industry for the better part of the last 4 years, one of the most interesting themes I keep running across are the outright illegal actions of the US Government, and how various agencies, offices and departments operating under its umbrella continue to get away with or justify their use of Black-Hat hacking in “law enforcement” and/or “national security.” What I mean to say is that in accordance with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, any unauthorized access to another persons devices, online accounts or computers is a felony. Quite literally, that’s the law -at least if you are a US civilian, that is.

It is also a generally known fact that many, if not most of the worlds most dangerous hackers work directly for various Governments – including here in the US. In fact, you might recall a 2016 documentary by VICE News entitled “Cyber War,” in which a current NSA contractor accounts his first day at work, explaining how he was sat down in front of his computer and told by his supervisor nothing more than “go be a hacking God.

In that spirit, you might also remember how the FBI had to lobby Congress to pass new Amendments to Rule 41 after their investigations into PlayPen was ruled unconstitutional and illegal, allowing pedophiles to walk free? Or remember when the FBI payed Celebrite to hack Apples iOS in 2015 after the company declined to unlock their devices? Or when the FBI payed another 1 million dollars to develop an exploit to Tor? How about the fact that, under Barack Obama, the CIA was caught illegally wiretapping Angela Merkel and other US allies in Europe? Remember when the CIA hacked the FBI’s biometric databases while the FBI was actively engaged in a lawsuit for keeping this data secret from the US public? How about when the Russian Shadow Brokers stole illegal hacking tools and exploits from the NSA before selling them online? Or when Wikileaks released the contents of Vault 7, exposing dozens of illegal hacking tools and exploits used to conduct cyber espionage operations around the world and here in the US?

My point here is, our Federal Government is completely illegal and out of control – operating with absolutely no accountability or oversight whatsoever, breaking the same laws that they use to govern society. Not only have these agencies gone on to loose control of the very illegal hacking tools and exploits they’ve secretly manufactured, but they have also landed these tools straight into the hands of some of our countries greatest enemies – jeopardizing our very National Security because of our own reckless ambitions to “Clandestinely” ‘hack the world.’

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To this effect, the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU), Privacy International and the University at Buffalo Law School’s Civil Liberties & Transparency Clinic have recently just filed a class action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against 11 US Federal agencies and department over what they deem to be their use of “legalized hacking” against US citizens. Officially filed in a District of New York court room on December 21st 2018, at the very least, the lawsuit hopes to discover what exactly the US Government’s logic is for carrying out so many hacking operations here in the US, knowing full well their actions would be considered felonies if anyone else in public did the same things. They also hope to uncover the methodology through which the Government goes about selecting targets and what safe guards, if any, are in place to prevent abuses.

According to a joint press release posted to their website, the ACLU explains that “the lawsuit demands that the agencies disclose which hacking tools and methods they use, how often they use them, the legal basis for employing these methods, and any internal rules that govern them. We are also seeking any internal audits or investigations related to their use.” The US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Justice, Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Border Control, Internal Revenue Service, Secret Service, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Treasury are all implicated in the lawsuit.

Download Lawsuit Here: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/pi_v._fbi_-_hacking_foia_-_complaint_-_as_filed.pdf

Full Copy of Lawsuit:

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Department of Justice Accidentally Leaks Expected Charges Against Julian Assange

In one of the most bizarre story-lines you will ever come across, 100% ironically, the United States Department of Justice has just “leaked” a partial list of expected charges to be filed against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange once his asylum inside the Ecuadorian Embassy comes to an end. The accident came in conjunction with the release of a now once again already sealed document Thursday, November 15th 2018, outlining the DoJ’s upcoming court case against Seitu Sulayman Kokayi – whom will soon be facing charges of sexual misconduct. More specifically, Kokayi will be charged with “violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2242(b).

However, pages 2 and 3 of the 3 page document shift from Kokayi’s case to begin outlining charges expected to be filed against Julian Assange. Given their mistake, the document featured below has already been “re-sealed/redacted.” But in statements to The Daily Beast, the DoJ admits to their mistake, explaining how its suspected that someone working in their offices made a clerical filing error, or accidentally copy and pasted portions of Assanges case onto Kokayi’s – because the two men will essentially be facing at least some similar charges.

As the document contained below outlines:

3. The United States has considered alternatives less drastic than sealing, including, for example, the possibility of redactions, and has determined that none would suffice to protect this investigation. Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.

11. REFERENCES TO GOVERNING CASE LAW (Local Rule 49(B)(2))

4. The Court has the inherent power to seal charging documents. United States
V. Wuagneux. 683 F.2d 1343, 1351 (11″‘ Cir. 1982); State of Arizona v. Mavpennv. 672 F.2d 761, 765 (9″^ Cir. 1982); Times Mirror Comnanv v. United States. 873 F.2d 1210 (9″‘ Cir. 1989); see also Shea v. Gabriel. 520 F.2d 879 (U* Cir. 1975); United States v. Hubbard. 650 F.2d 293 (D.C. Cir. 1980); In re Brauehton. 520 F.2d 765, 766 (9″^ Cir. 1975). “The trial court has supervisory power over its own records and may, in its discretion, seal documents if the public’s right of access is outweighed by competing interests.” In re Knight Pub. Co.. 743 F.2d 231, 235 (4″^ Cir. 1984). Sealing charging documents is appropriate where there is a substantial probability that the release of the sealed documents would compromise the government’s ongoing investigation severely. S^ e^g. In re Search Warrant for Secretarial Area Outside Office of Gunn. 855 F.2d 569, 574 (8″^ Cir. 1988); Matter of Eve Care Phvsicians of America. 100 F.3d 514, 518 (7″‘ Cir. 1996); Matter of Flower Aviation of Kansas. Inc.. 789 F.Supp. 366 (D. Kan. 1992).

III. PERIOD OF TIME GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO HAVE MATTER REMAIN
UNDER SEAL (Local Rule 49(B)(3))

5. The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.

6. Upon occurrence of the event specified in paragraph 8, pursuant to Local Rule 49(B)(3), the sealed materials will be automatically unsealed and handled as such. WHEREFORE, the United States respectfully requests that the criminal complaint, the supporting affidavit, and the arrest warrant in this matter, as well as this Motion to Seal and proposed Order, be sealed until further order of the Court.

Full Accidental Leak from DOJ – See pg’s 2 & 3:

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Wikileaks Vault 7 Source Releases Letter from Prison, Gets Two Additional Charges

Joshua Adam Schulte, whom is currently in Federal prison facing charges of unauthorized disclosure of classified information and other offenses relating to the theft of classified material from the Central Intelligence Agency, has just released a letter from prison accusing the New York State prison system of un-Constitutional behavior and inhumane living conditions. Among the allegations, Shulte accuses the prison guards of regularly carrying out assault, says that prison cages are regularly sprayed with cold water, that he has been forced to endure freezing cold temperatures without blankets or adequate clothing, has been forced into solitary confinement without charge/explanation and denied the right to make contact or visit with his attorney.

Interestingly enough, approximately two days after his letter was drafted/released to the public, on October 31st 2018, the US Justice Department announced it would be adding two additional charges to Shulte’s case, charging him with “additional violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793(e), based on his unlawful transmission and attempted transmission of classified national defense information from the MCC, and (ii) Count Eleven charges the defendant with a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 401(3), based on his contempt of the Protective Order. In light ofthe new charges, and for the additional reasons set forth in the Government’s ex parte, classified submission.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, whilst incarcerated, Shulte was found to have been in possession of multiple cellphones, including one which was “significantly encrypted,” as well as 13 social media apps/accounts and an encrypted email account. Using these accounts, apps and tools, the FBI claims that Shulte “Clandestinly” contacted/colluded from prison with sources on the outside to further leak more classified information.

DOJ’s Motion for New Charges Can Be Found Here: https://www.scribd.com/document/392137940/Letter-Motion-for-New-Charges

Joshua Shulte’s Letter Leaked from Prison:

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US Department of Justice Indicts Chinese Aviation Spies & Their Team of Hackers

In a press release made available to the public on October 30th, 2018, the United States Department of Justice announced the indictment of various members of Chinese Intelligence and their team of hackers. The indictment officially names two Chinese officers; Zha Rong and Chai Meng, 5 of their co-conspirators; Zhang Zhang-Gui, Liu Chunliang, Gao Hong Kun, Zhuang Xiaowei, and Ma Zhiqi – alleged to have carried out hacking operations on behalf of them, along with three others; Tian Xi, Gu Gen and Li Xiao.

From January 2010 to May 2015, the team is alleged to have carried out repeated hacking operations against various US and internationally based businesses with the intention of obtaining,”among other data, intellectual property and confidential business information, including information related to a turbofan engine used in commercial airliners.” Their actions are primarily tied to active hacking attempts against and intellectual property theft of several European and US based aviation companies and parts manufacturers, 13 in total. Included in the US states effected by the theft/breach are Arizona, Massachusetts, California and Oregon.

According to the official indictment filed in the Southern District of California provided below, working under the direction of Zha Rong and Chai Meng, the Chinese hackers listed above “attempted a series of intrusions in order to facilitate intrusions and steal non-public commercial and other data.” Alleging that, to do this, “the hackers used a range of techniques, including spear phishing, sowing multiple different strains of malware into company computer systems, using the victim companies own websites as ‘watering holes’ to compromise website visitors’ computers, and domain hijacking through the compromise of domain registrars.” Perhaps most importantly, these hacks were successful.

View Full Indictment from DOJ:

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