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Yasha Levine

  1. Tor reportedly hires Verizon's PR firm to fight back against Pando's reporting

    Over the past six months, I've published a series of stories on the longstanding and deeply conflicted financial relationship between the Tor Project and various arms of the US National Security State. Those arms include the Pentagon, the State Department and a CIA spinoff called the BBG that's dedicated to waging propaganda warfare against countries hostile to US interests.

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  2. Internet privacy, funded by spooks: A brief history of the BBG

    For the past few months I've been covering U.S. government funding of popular Internet privacy tools like Tor, CryptoCat and Open Whisper Systems. During my reporting, one agency in particular keeps popping up: An agency with one of those really bland names that masks its wild, bizarre history: the Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG.

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  3. Support Yasha Levine's "Surveillance Valley" — a book about how Silicon Valley created the world's most effective surveillance apparatus

    As regular Pando readers know, for the past year-and-a-half I've been covering the "Surveillance Valley" beat — investigating the for-profit surveillance business that powers Silicon Valley and the way this technology is increasingly being used to monitor and control our lives.

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  4. How leading Tor developers and advocates tried to smear me after I reported their US Government ties

    “I contract for the United States Government to build anonymity technology for them and deploy it.”

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  5. Refugees, neo-Nazis, and super patriots: Heading into the Ukrainian war zone

    CHUGUYEV, UKRAINE — It's just before noon on August 29 when we pull into a dilapidated military depot filled with Ukrainian armor, sitting just south of Kharkov and a couple of hours north of the rebel breakaway People's Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk.

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  6. Welcome to The Luhansk People's Republic: Following the Russian convoy into rebel-held Ukraine

    IZVARINO, LUHANSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC — It's around 12:30 pm and pushing 100 F when Russia’s humanitarian aid convoy finally starts rumbling across the Russian border and into rebel-held Ukrainian territory under heavy militia guard.

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  7. Hall of Mirrors: Wikileaks volunteer helped build Tor, was funded by the Pentagon

    Last week, I wrote an article about the Tor Network, an anonymity tool developed, built, and (currently) financed by the US National Security State: the Pentagon, the State Department, and a CIA spinoff, the International Broadcasting Bureau, that also operates a propaganda outfit aimed at subverting Cuba’s communist regime.

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  8. Almost Everyone Involved in Developing Tor was (or is) Funded by the US Government

    —Roger Dingledine, co-founder of the Tor Network, 2004

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