Thursday, March 09, 2017

Governments Vault 7 Saga

Politics is football for people who were always picked last at Games ...

You Can Tell What Leftists Are Doing By What They Accuse Conservatives Of Doing and vice versa ...
ProPublica report – “…While President Trump has not moved to fillmany jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior. Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities. While some names have previously dribbled out in the press, we are publishing a list of more than 400 hires, providing the most complete accounting so far of who Trump has brought into the federal government. The White House said in January that around 520 staffers were being hired for the beachhead teams…”

Scott Driscoll, former Queensland MP, sentenced to six years' jail for fraudulent commissions

Disgraced former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll has been sentenced to at least 18 months' jail for 15 fraud-related offences. Driscoll, 41, pleaded guilty to the charges in the Brisbane District Court last November

The minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton has referred a report into Auburn Council to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, after a public inquiry ordered by her predecessor was unable to compel witnesses to answer questions. Auburn Council

Gladys Berejiklian accused of lying about reason for $549Mlight rail cost increase

Energy Minister Don Harwin's controversial promotion to cabinet was one of the reasons Ms Cusack threw in the towel, according to the Seven Network. The newly installed minister is one of Ms Berejiklian's key backers and his cabinet debut was widely believed to be a result of factional deals Most Respected MP resigns as Parliamentary secretary

Catherine Cusack quits role as parliamentary secretary after blasting 

NSW MP Catherine Cusack regrets sending damning email to Premier Gladys Berejiklian


WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents New York Times. Note trying to spin this as less serious than Snowden, plus the obligatory expert quote from an expert saying the Evil Rooskies may be the perps. The comments on the article are truly depressing. I need to get my act in gear re becoming an expat…
WikiLeaks Dumps Trove of Purported CIA Hacking ToolsWall Street Journal. By contrast, “The revelations were considered by many experts to be potentially more significant than the leaks by Mr. Snowden.” And notice the WSJ implicitly disses the Evil Rooskies notion:
“I think it would have to be a disgruntled employee or a contractor,” the former intelligence officer said, suggesting a foreign country would have been more likely to keep the information for its own use than release it publicly.

From Russia, With Panic Yasha Levine, Baffler. Today’s must read. Too bad is it competing with the Vault 7 revelatoins. Key sentence: “This is forensic science in reverse: first you decide on the guilty party, then you find the evidence that confirms your belief.”