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How Attorney General Eric Holder Colluded With Bank Of America To Destroy Wikileaks And Silence Unfriendly Journalists, Including Glenn Greenwald

Note: This story was published by Wikileaks via Twitter to their 800,000 followers.

In light of the Assange speech this weekend, we are reposting several Wikileaks stories.


When we wrote a few weeks ago about Eric Holder, Wikileaks and Bank of America, we focused on the irony of the U.S. Attorney General threatening to prosecute an organization (Wikileaks) that possibly holds the very information on which he might draw up his very first indictment of a major bank or Wall Street executive.

Why hasn't Eric Holder asked to see the evidence, which Wikileaks claims to have, that executives at one of our largest banks may have committed serious crimes?

Let's be honest, Holder doesn't really give a rip about financial crimes, but the media should at least be asking him why he doesn't want to see the evidence.  We know he'd love to get his hands on Julian Assange's hard drive -- why doesn't he want to see Brian Moynihan's (or Ken Lewis's)? 

For some reason, Holder and the rest of the Obama administration would rather endanger our Constitutional rights to due process and a free press by persecuting journalists on specious charges, than to actually do their job and enforce the law.

These are valid questions -- ones for which we really didn't have good answers other than the usual corruption, cowardice and ineptitude when it comes to prosecuting large financial institutions.

However, new information has surfaced that shines a whole new light on the situation.  By now, most of you have heard about Bank of America's plans to go after Wikileaks and Glenn Greenwald.  Until they were caught, Bank of America was working with a group of law and cyber security firms to draw up plans for destroying Wikileaks, the hacker group Anonymous, as well as Wikileaks supporters in the media (like Greenwald).  The slide here is from a presentation by one of the firms involved:

It is unclear exactly how they were going to pull it off, but part of the plan was to dig up information with which to blackmail or extort journalists, including Greenwald, into choosing between their open support for Wikileaks and their "professional preservation."  You can read all the sordid details of this episode here, here and here.

But one bit of information has been largely overlooked:

  • It was the Department of Justice who first put Bank of America in contact with the anti-Wikileaks hit team at the center of the scandal.

Ironically, the hacker group Anonymous turned the tables on Bank of America's hit team and captured a cache of emails that all but prove the Justice Department's direct involvement.  Here is an email from one of the firms, admitting that it was the Department of Justice that set the ball rolling:

If the screen shot is difficult to read, here is the relevant excerpt from the email:

Here is the summary of my call:

They are pitching the bank to retain them for an internal investigation around wikileaks. They basically want to sue them to put an injunction on releasing any data. DOJ called the GC [general counsel] of BofA and told them to hire Hunton and Williams, specifically to hire Richard Wyatt who I'm beginning to think is the emperor. They want to present to the bank a team capable of doing a comprehensive investigation into the data leak. Currently they are recommending:

-Hire H&W as outside council on retainer
-Use Palantir for network/cyber/insider threat investigation
-Use Berico/HBGary to analyze wikileaks the organization (people, history, where they are located) Apparently if they can show that wikileaks is hosting data in certain countries it will make prosecution easier.
-Use a team of GD/PWC forensics investigators.

They have a half hour with the GC of the 3rd largest bank in the world [i.e. Bank of America] to plead their case.

There are two very troubling things about this very candid email from Matthew Steckman of Palantir, a data analysis firm, to Aaron Barr of cyber security firm HB Gary.  First, as we've highlighted in the screen shot above ("DOJ called the GC of BofA and told them to hire Hunton and Williams"), the Department of Justice told Bank of America to get in touch with law firm Hunton & Williams, who would then assemble the hit team to take care of their Wikileaks problem.  This likely has attorney-client privilege advantages, in addition to being downright corrupt.

But the second troubling thing about this email is that part of the plan is to have these private firms, possibly under the cloak of attorney-client privilege, dig up information to quote "make prosecution easier."  So not only was Eric Holder neglecting to investigate Bank of America for any crimes they may have committed, and not only was he helping Bank of America assemble a team of cyber hitmen to take out Wikileaks, but it now appears he was also using a private group of hackers and cyber-sleuths to do the kind of information gathering that is illegal for the Department of Justice to do on its own.

The corruption here runs so deep, on so many levels, it's almost impossible to comprehend.  How is it that a failed, bailed out bank can have so much power and influence that the U.S. Attorney General is colluding with them to engage in acts, including extortion, blackmail and Fourth Amendment violations, which are almost certainly illegal?







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a few more data points...


“I’m considering all possible options” of fighting back
Feb 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Feb 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Angry electorate coldly voted to liquidate Fianna Fáil

Feb 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

Someone at the Oscars last night (I dont know who) expressed his feelings towards the criminals that created this mortgage mess and the fact that none of them are in jail. He was right on!! Did anyone see this???

Angelo Mozilo is prime example of this. He should be in jail right now. what is wrong with our damn justice system????????????
Feb 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterSell Short
DB, thanks for posting the link to the Ratigan interview. I hadn't had a chance to listen myself, but that should be a good one.
Feb 28, 2011 at 12:46 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Sell Short,

That was Charles Ferguson, director of Inside Job. We've got the video coming up...
Feb 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
It is very clear that Obama was told by banking cartel to hit the reset button on the criminal fraud in the banking system. What was bad and evil has been forgiven. God knows if they have even been told to not do it again? My guess is that they have not been told.
Feb 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterBob
Dr Pitch,
yes, i havnt seen the movie but i have heard its very good. this needs much more attention. Thank you for all your work you are a great asset here.

throw the mortgage mess CEOS in jail NOW!!!!
Feb 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterSell Short
Thanks, Sell Short. LOL I haven't seen it either, but it just came out on DVD. Looks to be something like The Daily Bail distilled down to 2 hours of celluloid. Which of course should be awesome.
Feb 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Yes, that's Mr. Holder in the picture (above), taking his oath to defend the constitution.

I guess his word doesn't mean much, if he lied while taking the oath.
Feb 28, 2011 at 3:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnon.
Jesus. This morning I go out on a mostly frozen lake riding an ATV owned by the undisputed playboy of North Korea, Indiana. All is well.

"It is not possible," I told myself, "for you to be shocked any longer. Your cynicism has burnt you to a husk, with no live tissue left. Does it hurt when they tap on the root-canaled chompers? Of course not."

I come after lunch to this post. What's this? I am... schocked!!!


However, when the rage hits worst, it's time to think. So I went back and read those materials, and what hit me between the eye's like Col. Kurtz's diamond bullet was this:

"established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause."

Change "most" to "damn near all" and you have the truth about what is happening to this country, and it's not pretty.
Feb 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne

You're a lawyer. You might understand some of the docs better than i do. Hunton and Williams is the law firm, some guy named Woods was the lead contact it seems. Search either "hunton" or "woods" and you can find most of the emails they were involved in. Really weird stuff.

Some of them reveal that HB Gary had worked for Citi, Morgan Stanley and the Fed. In fact, on meeting they had late last year appeared to be with both Citi and the Fed -- at the same time? Plus, when they were discussing Morgan Stanley, they noted that MS "talked" to Citi and both firms knew the other was working with HB Gary, so it's just a den of snakes up there in NYC.

Oh, here's the searchc page with the cache of emails:
Feb 28, 2011 at 5:02 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Video: Sheila Bair on changes in the banking system.


Then read this.

Is "too big to fail" too big for Dodd-Frank?




Some critics contend that JPMorgan and firms like it are aggressively expanding overseas with the goal of immunizing themselves from orderly liquidation by making it unworkable.

Dodd-Frank calls for international coordination by the FDIC on unwinding troubled firms. But the world is a long way from any kind of uniform orderly liquidation pact.
Feb 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Dr. P--

I know who Huntin and Gruntin is, a second tier law firm out of Richmond. That's not really the issue. The larger issues have been raised by DB here, who wants to know, among other things, why in the Sam Hill the DOJ has no interest whatsoever about BAC wrongdoing and has instead been enlisted as Ken Lewis' chimney sweep boy.

You might have noticed that an unmistakable majority of Americans, according to CBS, now favor those deadbeat Wisco unions.

People are pissed, and the usual TV nonsense is starting to appear, well, out of focus.

More and more it seems that folks wanna know same thing as me--what's a Wall Street banker really made of?
Feb 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
("The corruption here runs so deep, on so many levels, it's almost impossible to comprehend.  How is it that a failed, bailed out bank can have so much power and influence that the U.S. Attorney General is colluding with them to engage in acts, including extortion, blackmail and Fourth Amendment violations, which are almost certainly illegal?")

It's almost like the Administration , Congress, and all the regulatory agencies were voluntarily working together with Wall Street to defraud the American People. Possibly to protect investments that they, their relatives, and close associates had made or to cover up something even worse.
Could be if a big banker gets nailed he blows the whistle on everybody and a bunch of Congress and Administration crooks end up in Federal Prison along with the Wall Street parasites.
That the U.S. Attorney General may be violating the law to silence a source he should be encouraging to testify is absolutely mind boggling.
I wish Wilileaks would publish the BOFA material. For Holder and BOFA to be this twitterpated you can bet the s**t will hit the fan if it's published. If they don't do it soon they are probably going to be denied the ability to do so. Freedom of the press is apparently not so free anymore.
Feb 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
we don't identify authors anymore, but dr. p wrote this one...
Feb 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Okay, I give. So who gave the order for pettifogging retards on the dole to suppress information?
Feb 28, 2011 at 9:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne

The BofA stuff is being kept under wraps because apparently Wikileaks doesn't know what the hell they've got. Assange has said as much, and I had been wondering as much for a while now. Maybe they've got nothing, but how the hell would they know? I would like to think they've already lined up some "media partners" like they did with the diplomatic cables, but who knows...

Chris Whalen would be ideal for this. As would any of the other blogging suspects.
Feb 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Just listened to Ratigan talk with Greenwald on Radio Free Dylan. It is all kinds of AWESOME.

Especially at about 30 mins into the interview, they start talking about how it is that Dylan even has a show on a mainstream network, how for people like Glenn and Dylan the "cause" becomes the career and how people like them are impossible to silence or pressure in the same way that Chuck Todd is.

Great stuff.
Feb 28, 2011 at 11:23 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
The truly scary part of this for me is simply; if Obama isn't going to go after the financial institutions and Wall St., then who the hell on earth will? This is not a guy typically beholden to this type of group. It isn't his MO to support these constituencies. He's a community organizer (and a middling one at that.) He is beholden to the exact groups that stand against the Wall St. world, and yet he can do, is doing absolutely nothing about it.

The game is over. They won.

Mar 1, 2011 at 7:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterOberron4life
oberron...you asked who would go after wall street....kucinich, sanders and ron paul come to mind...certainly there are more, but not many...
Mar 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
True dat.

But nothing happens unless this site and others like it can leverage the rising tide that will hopefully move to another level with this movie. The fact that "no one seems's to care" is singularly behind no indictments and no sentences.
Mar 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterOberon4life
When I think of Brian Moynihan or Barabra Desoer, I think of the song by John Lennon called Piggies:
So if it walks like a piggy, talks like a piggy, by golly it’s a PIGGY!

BofA and it’s CEO Brian Moynihan reminds me of that song by John Lennon and George Harrison titled "Piggies" I invite you to listen to this song on youtube and see if it appropriately fits.
Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.
Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.
In their ties with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.
Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

When I filed my lawsuit against Bank of America, I thought of the many others out there in the same situation. It was then that we decided to educate the public on what these piggy banks are doing, as well as unite us all together as one voice. Please help me turn this David vs. Goliath modification process, into a Goliath vs. Goliath.
Please stand with me and Brookstone Law Firm, and send an email to Bank of Abusing America that states that we will no longer tolerate their potentially illegal, fraudulent, irregular and abusive business methods.
So please send your email directly to Bank of America and include the following:
1. Your name
2. Your complaint concerning your experience with Bank of America.
3. Please end your email “I support John Wright vs. BofA Lawsuit!”
4. Please send a copy of your email to piggybankblog@earthlink.net
5. Please send your email to BofA CEO Brian Moynihan:
I have created piggybankblog.com for all of those who have been abused by Bank of Destroying Americas potentially irregular, fraudulent and simply abusive home loan modification process.
Divided we might have fell America. UNITED WE MUST STAND!
My name is John Wright AND I AM FIGHTING BACK!
John Wright
Mar 5, 2011 at 3:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterPiggybankblog
With all the information that has been coming to light, from what D. Rumsfeld publicly stated regarding 2.3 trillion dollars of unaccounted for pentagon spending for one year (Sept 10, 2001) which is a very serious act of taxation without representation (a denial of the historic conception act of our country - the Boston Tea Party) to wikileak exposures of US dealings and even more so the response of the like of Liberman and Hillary who clearly do not understand the contents of the founding documents of the US (Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights) and plenty more...

The Act of Treason has become a concern..... Might I be charged with Treason in my knowingly paying a rough government taxes?

So best I can do is add this to my Federal Income Tax payment check:

"Do not cash without proper ID proof of a government that fully understands and fully upholds the founding documents of the United States re: Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Cashing otherwise constitutes an act of fraud by the bank."

With an added note in the memo space: "Not to be used of abusive and/or deceptive military industrial spending addiction."

To be clear. by the very words of the Declaration of Independence, it is not only the right of US citizens, but our DUTY to put off such rough government.
Mar 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterTim Rue
Thank you for putting this all together so succinctly. I've been following these events and it's helpful to be able to refer associates to a single coherent summary. The formatting and prominent space-taking photos are a little weird, though!
Mar 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM | Unregistered Commenteranonymous
Transparency is the Apocalypse...they seem to think that's a bad thing.
Mar 8, 2011 at 3:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Toth from Hoth
He May think he can silence Glenn Greenwald but he cannot silence the truth of a true paper Trail and who it pertains too he along with many others involved with their own social greed and perjury of claiming, faith, hope and charity along with discrimination when slavery as been well and alive for centuries justice is what must prevail not abuse and if he is violating his official capacities of office he schould be immediatley removed and stripped of his freedoms and duties as I have been stripped of my freedoms and duties and my American Rights. I am appaulled that preachers who also want to preach about the unborn and when they should be preaching about the born and the truth of education and protecting the innocense of our children free from the devil of abuse who are discriminated from the truth and made to believe that we should have faith in our judicial, legistlative, executive, branches when there are certain authority figures who believe they can change laws or the libraries of law to suit themselves and whom ever they wish to line their own pockets and yes this is the pot calling the kettle black over the pot of gold that does not belong to them and is being violated in every aspect of ones American Freedoms and ones American Dream by oaths of offices that is and are being denied in the name of evil not rightousness and the parties who should be paying into the criminal systems that they want to make bigger from their oppressions, coericions, perjury, abuses and prejudices of the laws to house or rehabiltate and claim the whole country dilusional and put every body on drugs and then tell them all the side effects of how they can kill them and then release them into society all so these officials can sit back and laugh and claim notority and and self rightousness of their Acts is discusting and then call them selfs professionals is a sick joke It aint gonna be a sick joke when they answer to god on their judgement day nor is it going to be a joke when the disasters hit home and when the evil is so prevailent the innocent pass from life into life and the evil churn deeper and deeper and the pitt gets bigger and bigger and the sun refuses to shine the signs are all in front of your faces and the paper to prove it justice should be dealt where justice is best served and not with allowing the banks, bankers, judges and lawyers too abuse people of their rights and their freedoms of the constitution from the own bankruptcy abuses that they're abusing themselves over and over by their own hipocracy's. bottom line do your job and go after the actual criminals or be removed from office. its is not democracy when authority figures, bankers and the governorment are self serving and robbing people of their freedoms of their rights. Self Praise Stinks as do the people who claim to being doing a job and refuse to do their jobs and expect everyone else to work for them for less then their worth or for less then the cost of living or the right to live. Now put that in your piope an dsmoke it and hopefuly it aint Crack or Pills your smoking. Tim Rue!!!!!!
Mar 18, 2011 at 2:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarnes Foundation (rightful Heir)
very interesting stuff. just found this site and finding the articles quite interesting.
Sep 28, 2011 at 9:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterpaintball barrels
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