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Posted 11 February 2011 - 01:07 AM

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Russia Today - Text by Wayne Madsen - February 2011.

Assange worked for US espionage systems in 1990s 19 Minutes ago Karma: -20 WIKILEAKS FOUNDER WORKED ON US INTELLIGENCE COMPUTER ESPIONAGE SYSTEMS IN 1990s.

Posted by Rajah Mujtaba (US) on February 08, 2011 and by Tangomariachi in a Russian Forum on Februarry 09, 2011.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Text by Wayne Madsen:

Wikileaks founder worked on U.S. intelligence computer espionage system in 1990s

By Wayne Madsen

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was not always considered a pariah by the U.S. intelligence community. In fact, according to a knowledgeable source who once worked on sophisticated computer security programs for the U.S. intelligence community at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Assange helped develop, at the time, a state-of-the-art computer surveillance tool for use by the U.S. intelligence community, one that ended up being used by the National Security Agency and CIA.

Assange, according to our source, performed his technical work at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, where the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) conducted computer surveillance work in a relatively unclassified setting as compared to the NSA.

Assange's "deal" with the U.S. government at Sandia reportedly occurred in the early 1990s after his arrest by Australian police for breaking into U.S. Defense Department computers.

Hackers as spies

Assange first came to the attention of western intelligence agencies in 1990, when, during Operation Desert Shield, the forerunner to war with Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait, the Hamburg-based Chaos Computer Club, along with computer hackers in the Netherlands and Australia, were caught hacking into U.S. Defense Department computer systems via MILNET links to the ubiquitous ARPANET, a network that linked government research and development agencies to various universities around the world.

In 1987, Assange, at the age of 16, began his hacking career in Australia. He and two colleagues established an underground hacking group called "International Subversives" Assange used the hacker handle of "Mendax," which is Latin for "untruthful." The late 1980s represented a time period when intelligence agencies and law enforcement were playing a catch-up game with hackers
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