This is telling. Greenwald associate Trevor Timm compares people who think Edward Snowden works with Russia to 9/11 Truthers, and is immediately swarmed with outraged comments from his fans who are 9/11 Truthers.
This post could also be titled “When Hacktivists Attack (Each Other),” as the site cryptome.org publishes an email from Edward Snowden’s lawyer Jesselyn Radack to Glenn Greenwald — that was supposed to have been encrypted with PGP: Jesselyn Radack Emails Glenn Greenwald.
Alleged Jesselyn Radack Email (BG may be Barton Gellman):
Congrats on the McGill award!! I look forward to seeing you at Polks.
On that note, is my client making a surprise appearance? BG said you mentioned this to him at the Polk media event.
I won’t tell anyone, including BG, if it’s a surprise, but as his attorney, I’d like to know…and also what medium would be used (Google or the BEAMbot).
Here’s what apparently happened: Radack looked up a PGP key that was named for “Glenn Greenwald” on the MIT key server (see Greenwald’s tweet below), and used it to send this email.
But she never checked to make sure it was really Greenwald’s key. And it wasn’t. Whoever supplied Radack’s email to cryptome.org (presumably the person who created the false key) was therefore able to intercept and decrypt the email.
These are the people who think they know better than anyone else how the US should manage its national security, the people who started a media company with a side business selling security tools, the ones who like to pretend they’re experts on securing stolen NSA material — falling for a pathetically simple social engineering hack like this. They can’t even keep their own email secure.
Imagine if she had been emailing (what she thought were) encrypted NSA documents from Edward Snowden to Glenn Greenwald, and also sending them to an unknown third party.
What’s even more hilarious is that after it became obvious Radack had been tricked into using a false PGP key, she went back and deleted several tweets in which she admitted she did send the email and complained that Cryptome was being unfair to her. Favstar still has a copy of one:
Here’s Greenwald’s only comment, uncharacteristically terse; notice that he somehow fails to mention Snowden’s lawyer actually used this key:
FYI - this is a fake PGP key that someone created http://t.co/MueZoKJqIV
Here’s a screenshot showing more of the tweets Radack deleted when she realized what had happened:
As noted yesterday, the Iowa GOP now has a candidate running on a platform of proud hog castration, and today the dimmest bulb in the right wing cupboard went all in on this highly appealing testicle-chopping meme, bringing her own barnyard perspective to the issue.
“If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork,” Palin wrote. “Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her ‘pork cutting’ skills to the Iowa State Senate, where she has been a champion for life, small government, and lower taxes - voting for the largest tax cut in Iowa history.”
Hey, are you, like, a millennial? Then I’m sure you’ll dig the new YouTube from the all-new millennial-friendly GOP!
(Hey, Karl — do the kids still say “dig?”)
Over at the weird far right propaganda site that Andrew Breitbart built, Larry O’Connor’s very upset with John McCain for violating St. Reagan’s “never criticize fellow Republicans” rule, and calling Rep. Louie “Dumbest Man in Congress” Gohmert… dumb: McCain on Gohmert: ‘No Intelligence’.
So, if you’re keeping score at home, Gohmert says McCain’s foreign policy is feckless and resulted in providing support for Syrian rebels aligned with al Qaeda, and in response, instead of defending the Syrian rebels and debunking the assertion that they are affiliate with al Qaeda, McCain called Gohmert a dummy.
Only the clowns at breitbart.com could possibly imply that Louie Gohmert is not dumb with a straight face. This is why we love these guys: the inadvertent humor factor.