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Decoding Q: NSA, C_A, & Snowden Part I – SecureDrop & The Journalists Who Use It

There are several Q posts regarding the software platform known as SecureDrop (click image to expand):

So, what is SecureDrop? SecureDrop claims to be, “an open source whistleblower submission system that media organizations and NGOs can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. It was originally created by the late Aaron Swartz and is now managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation.” From their website:

The problem SecureDrop attempts to solve with its’ software is that , “sources have been investigated because authorities are able to retrieve both metadata and content of communications from third parties like email and phone providers in secret. SecureDrop attempts to completely eliminate third parties from the equation so that news organizations can challenge any legal orders before handing over any data. “

This anon focused on media outlets who we know use SecureDrop. As the anon says, “It turns out all journalists are actually spies.” In the past, Q told us that Clowns (think CIA) pass their narratives to journalists in the early hours of the day (think 4AM) using SecureDrop. This is important because it creates plausible deniability, and hides the true source of the leaks.

The anon points us to look at specific publications and journalists who are known to use this service. Interestingly, some of these journalists are also prolificly and loudly anti-Q and were featured in our post last week regarding anti-Q articles.

Paul Steiger, ProPublica

Paul Steiger was managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 until May 15, 2007. After that, he was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 through 2012. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He chaired the Committee to Protect Journalists. He’s also on the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which is the organization that now owns SecureDrop. There is a Wikileaks email from the John Podesta collection in which Podesta is included on an email with Steiger.

Steiger has been an outspoken executive in the MSM world. He has been staunchly supportive of journalists writing articles from leaked material. He also criticized the Obama administration’s targeting of reporters.

Paul Steiger – Wikipedia

Steiger was born in the Bronx to a Catholic family and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated from the Hun School of Princeton and was a member of Trumbull College at Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale News and Review and a member of Manuscript Society.

David Remnick, The New Yorker

Remnick began his reporting career at The Washington Post in 1982 shortly after his graduation from Princeton. After six years, in 1988, he became the newspaper’s Moscow correspondent, which provided him with the material for Lenin’s Tomb. Remnick is fluent in Russian. Remnick provided guest commentary and contributed to NBC coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, including the opening ceremony and commentary for NBC News

Remnick’s biography of President Barack Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, was released on April 6, 2010. He is also childhood friends with comedian Bill Maher. Remnick is on the Board of directors for Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Remnick was a family friend to the Anthony Bourdain family. Remnick was involved in a controversy when he uninvited Steve Bannon to an event, saying that his presence would “promote white-nationalism.”

David Remnick – Wikipedia

David Remnick (born October 29, 1958) is a journalist and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire . Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998. He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000.

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

Glenn Edward Greenwald is an American lawyer, journalist, and author, best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian newspaper beginning in June 2013, detailing the United States and British global surveillance programs, and based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden.

Greenwald’s work on the Snowden story was featured in the documentary Citizenfour, which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Greenwald appeared on-stage with director Laura Poitras and Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, when the Oscar was given. Greenwald was initially contacted anonymously by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, in late 2012. Greenwald began working with Snowden in either February or in April, at which point Snowden began providing documents

As part of the global surveillance disclosure, the first of Snowden’s documents were published on June 5, 2013, in The Guardian in an article by Greenwald.

In my own opinion, Greenwald is mainstream media’s foremost conspiracy tool. He has spoken out many times on things like Q, the Proud Boys, and other subjects.

Glenn Greenwald – Wikipedia

Glenn Edward Greenwald (born March 6, 1967) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author, best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian newspaper beginning in June 2013, detailing the United States and British global surveillance programs, and based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden.

Ben Smith, Buzzfeed

In January 2017, Smith, as Buzzfeed’s editor, published the Steele dossier, a 35-page dossier about Donald Trump, which major news organizations, including the New York Times and NBC News, refused to publish due to lack of credible evidence. Smith defended his decision by saying, “We have always erred on the side of publishing.” However, even establishment journalists and outlets regard Ben Smith and Buzzfeed’s decision to publish the Dossier as irresponsible and harmful.

Ben Smith often condones the publishing of harmful, fake, or unsubstantiated articles in order to get clicks, hits, and control the narrative. See: the dossier, or that POTUS instructed Cohen to lie under oath (a felony, and refuted by Cohen himself), resulting in being sued by Michael Cohen. Even Robert Mueller, one of the ultimate Deep Staters, refuted Ben Smith and Buzzfeed’s reporting – the first and only time the Special Counsel spoke on a news report.

Smith, in general, seems like he is being controlled. He doubled down after Mueller’s office denied his organization’s reporting, insisting that his sources and intel were the truth.

Smith even claimsthat he “created” insider political journalism.  He was directly involved in the media’s effort to poison the Trump administration using the Dossier.

Ben Smith on Twitter

From BBC News To QANon: We Went Down YouTube’s Recommendation Rabbit Hole https://t.co/oIwZNPp8nZ via @ceodonovan

David Corn, Mother Jones

In October 2016, Christopher Steele had compiled 33 pages of “dirt” on Donald Trump, comprised of 16 memos. We now know that most of the information within came from Nellie Ohr. He then passed on what he had discovered to David Corn, a reporter from Mother Jones magazine. On October 31, 2016, a week before the election, Mother Jones reported that a former intelligence officer, whom they did not name, had produced a report based on Russian sources and turned it over to the FBI.

In testimony by James Baker, he noted that David Corn, a politics journalist with Mother’s Jones magazine also delivered a version of Steele’s dossier to him sometime after the election. Baker, who apparently has known Corn for a long time, said that he turned over the dossier version given to him by Corn to the FBI’s counterintelligence division. David Corn was and still is a double agent, in some ways – a journalist by day, an FBI informant and communique by night.

David Corn was personally involved in the early coverage of the controversy over leaks to the media of the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Corn was the first to report that Plame had been working covertly.

Corn announced on The Rachel Maddow Show on 9/12/2017 that he and Michael Isikoff were working on a new book about the Trump campaign and administration’s ties with Russia and the Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Corn secured a full recording of Romney at a $50,000-a-plate Florida fundraiser declaring that 47 percent of Americans — those who back president Obama — are “victims” who are “dependent upon government” and “pay no income tax.” Corn worked for weeks to obtain the recording, but it was his years of high-impact journalism that helped lead him to the source of the recording. Furthermore, it was Corn’s extensive previous reporting on Romney that convinced the source to trust him with its release.

David Corn was directly involved in the passing of the Dossier from Christopher Steele to the FBI. He was also responsible for the hit job on Republicans using Romney’s comments.

David Corn on Twitter

I don’t know. What does Q Anon say? https://t.co/gktpAR1WEL

David Corn – Wikipedia

David Corn (born February 20, 1959) is an American political journalist, author, and the chief of the Washington bureau for Mother Jones . He has been Washington editor for and appeared regularly on FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and BloggingHeads.tv opposite James Pinkerton or other media personalities.

Martin Baron, Washington Post

Baron achieved heightened prominence in 2015 and 2016 from his portrayal in the film Spotlight and also his involvement in the release of Jason Rezaian, the Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post, who was released in January 2016 after being imprisoned in Iran for 18 months.

In January 2013, Baron took over as executive editor of The Washington Post, succeeding Marcus Brauchli. In 2014, The Post won two Pulitzer Prizes, one in the category of public service for revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.

This is ironic considering that Baron’s paper is owned by Jeff Bezos, who reportedly makes millions or even billions of dollars from CIA and NSA contracts. Even the Huffington Post called these contracts ‘ominous.’

The next year, it won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for exposing Donald Trump’s claims of charitable giving and the Access Hollywood tape. In 2018, it won two Pulitzer Prizes, one in the category of investigative reporting for revealing allegations of sexual misconduct by Roy Moore and the other for national reporting on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In many ways, the Washington Post has led the fight against Q anon and the truth movement, as pointed out by Q several times.

Additionally, we now know that the Roy Moore controversy was a disinformation and propaganda campaign in an attempt to affect Alabama’s election – for which Baron should take some responsibility.

Martin Baron – Wikipedia

Baron was born to a Jewish family. His parents immigrated from Israel. He attended Berkeley Preparatory School and worked on the school’s student paper. He matriculated at Lehigh University where he was editor of The Brown and White student newspaper. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and MBA with honors in four years, graduating in 1976.

Laura Poitras, The Intercept

Poitras has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Citizenfour, about Edward Snowden.

The NSA reporting by Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Barton Gellman contributed to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service awarded jointly to The Guardian and The Washington Post. In 2013, Poitras was one of the three journalists who initially met Edward Snowden in Hong Kong to receive copies of the leaked NSA documents.

Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald are the only two people with full archives of Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, according to Greenwald.

On August 22, 2012, The New York Times published an “Op-doc” produced by Poitras entitled The Program. The documentary was based on interviews with William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency, who became a whistleblower and described the details of the Stellar Wind project that he helped to design. He stated that the program he worked on had been designed for foreign espionage, but was converted in 2001 to spying on citizens in the United States, prompting concerns by him and others that the actions were illegal and unconstitutional and that led to their disclosures.

Poitras then decided to make another “op-doc,” this time featuring renowned leaker Julian Assange, entitled ‘Risk.’ During filming, Poitras began a sexual relationship with Jacob Applebaum, one of Assange’s closest WikiLeaks confidantes in 2014.

Laura Poitras – Wikipedia

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Laura Poitras is the middle daughter of Patricia “Pat” and James “Jim” Poitras, who in 2007 donated $20 million to found The Poitras Center for Affective Disorders Research at McGovern Institute for Brain Research, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Key Takeaways

Anon hypothesizes that SecureDrop isn’t a software platform for journalists, it’s an information-laundering and communications platform for espionage. We tend to agree with this summation, given the facts.

More importantly, though, investigating that has led to the conclusion that:

The journalistic class is largely comprised of clowns and Council on Foreign Relations members. This gives a new meaning to the term, “The Fourth Estate.”

The “protect journalists” narrative is there to shield assets and cover asses.

Key figures working in journalism are clearly part of larger intelligence operations and should be considered agents, but hide behind journalistic protections and laws.

Many of the narratives produced by these outlets center around and originate from Intelligence Community agencies, where the journalists themselves are personally involved – not just in obtaining the story, but involved in the making of the story itself.

Lingering Questions

In Jan-Feb 2018, the people who were most closely associated with SecureDrop (formerly DeadDrop) die unexpectedly: James Dolan (suicide), Aaron Swartz (suicide), and John Perry Barlow (“heart problems”). Kevin Poulson turns over SecureDrop to Freedom of the Press and goes on to work as Senior National Security reporter for The Daily Beast, focusing heavily on Russian election hacking.

Who currently controls the FPF? Is it the head of PayPal, Pierre Omidyar. 

Who controls Paypal? Is it mainly Omidyar, with Soros? Soros has owned shares in Paypal since 2015 and also uses his lobbying group to remove Paypal access to groups he doesn’t like, like InfoWars. And more recently, Soros may be behind the Paypal ban on Gab, which targeted Conservative groups and content creators.

What’s the current situation with SecureDrop (still a data collection tool of C_A)? It now appears to be used by a long list of MSM news organizations (Wikipedia; SecureDrop website).

When I search on SecureDrop on the Internet, it is still touted as a safe drop for whistleblowers. I wonder how safe it would seem if the public had read Q Posts 628 or 770. (628 tells us that everything dropped into SecureDrop–which is now used by all the MSM–goes straight to the CIA. 770 expands the picture, mentioning that all the original developers or others who “knew too much” are now dead, since Feb 2018, and asks questions about the current controllers of FPF—the Snowden group including Greenwald, Ellsburg and Poitras. Asking “Who controls Snowden?”, Q has implied more than once that Snowden is a marked man.

However, I believe that Assange is also connected here.

By the time the SecureDrop project was first conceived in 2012, WikiLeaks itself was dealing with a staff mutiny, a shuttered submission system, and Julian Assange’s self-imposed exile. Disaffected former staff had launched a new project, OpenLeaks, but it failed to gain comparable traction. In short, there was not a clear successor, even as news audiences still had an appetite for the brand of radical transparency that WikiLeaks had pioneered. For Edward Snowden to orchestrate his leak of NSA documents, it was necessary for him to devise his own digital security scheme from publicly available tools. Using Tor, PGP encryption, an anonymous email service called LavaBit, and a well-timed getaway, Snowden engineered the safe delivery of the files to a handpicked selection of journalists during the early months of 2013, right when the first prototype of SecureDrop was launched as another solution to the momentary decline of WikiLeaks.

The Columbia Journalism Review says, ” [SecureDrop] beginning was during the period when the WikiLeaks submission system was down and it was unclear how else whistleblowers could safely transmit large caches of data to journalists.”

According to CJR, there is a waiting list of organizations who would like to use SecureDrop. The reporters they interviewed in their study of the platform were, quote, “Wary of saying too much.” Why would that be?

Part II coming soon – we will explore and explain who Snowden, John Perry Barlow, and the crew are; were they ever in Russia; and how are they connected to the intelligence community.

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