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**Video: The Time Julian Assange Hacked the Pentagon (In his own words-interesting)

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posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 07:23 AM

The nearly 500,000 U.S. Army documents published by WikiLeaks this year didn’t mark the first time founder Julian Assange thumbed his nose at the Pentagon. A new documentary about the secret-spilling site captures Assange in a rare moment of reminiscence as he reflects on his hacking of a Defense Department network in the 1990s, where he evidently kept a backdoor in place for some two years.

The documentary WikiRebels, produced by Sveriges Television in Sweden, was recently posted on the web in four parts. It provides an overview of Assange and WikiLeaks from the time the site published a classified Army video last April showing an Apache gunship attack in Iraq, to the latest release of U.S. State Department cables. It also includes interviews with several current and former WikiLeaks activists, including former spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Icelandic volunteer Herbert Snorrason, who discuss the internal conflict at WikiLeaks that led them to resign.

Assange reflects on his work as a black hat hacker in the early 1990s, recalling wistfully how he and others hacked into the Pentagon’s Security Coordination Center. The SCC was a Chantilly, Virginia, office that handled computer security issues for MilNet — later NIPRNet — the U.S. military’s portion of the public internet. “We had a backdoor in the U.S. military Security Coordination Center –- this is the peak security for controlling the security of MilNet … U.S. military internet. We had total control over this for two years,” he tells the interviewer.

Assange, who used the handles “Proff” and “Mendax” during his black hat years, teamed up with two other hackers who called themselves the International Subversives. The group broke into networks in Europe and the U.S., including networks belonging to NASA, the Defense Department and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Assange continued the activity until he was 21, when he was charged with 31 counts of hacking and other related activities and ultimately pleaded guilty to 25 charges.


Well, I see he is no stranger to the dark side of things. I think we will find out a lot more about this man and it isn't going to be pretty.

The one thing I will say, I haven't heard of him blackmailing anyone.... But, of course, if the dirt was good enough, no one is going to come forward with the thread of info release on them.

The whole rape or sexual crimes that are being claimed. Bogus, IMO.

Is the US or anyone else going to be able to do any thing legally to him---- No. That means most likely he is correct in saying recently that his life is in danger.

He is messing with the big leagues... Anything can happen--and usually does.

He will always be sleeping with one eye open from now on. Hope is was worth it for him.

edit on 12/21/2010 by anon72 because: (no reason given)


posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 08:01 AM
The hacking was done back in 1990 though, not sure how much that would effect things nowadays unless he confesed to still doing it.

If there is any evidence of this still going on, then we have another Gary McKinnon on our hands and the US will not let it drop until they have Assange locked away.

With the intelligence Assange has (brainwise), i think it was a bit stupid to mention the whole backdoor thing anyway. Then again they do say that intelligence does not guaruntee common sense.


posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 08:10 AM
Thank you for posting the documentaries.

As for the pentagon hacking in the early 90s- Hate to say it, but that was just the scene back then.
It wasn't all that hard to do, and not all that uncommon to do. Remember the time - it seems like it wasn't that long ago because it was only 20 years, but in terms of Internet years it might as well have happened a lifetime ago.

In the very early 90s hardly anything was web. All that was just being born. Modems were still slow.
All it really shows is what we already know, IMO, that he was one of the earlier hackers that actually got arrested. Back then, one had to go and do something REALLY ballsy to get that much attention called to oneself as to find oneself actually pursued and arrested.

posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 09:31 AM
Hang on, something is not adding up here. All the recent releases are recent documents. Some of the cablegate stuff was only about 6 months or so old from what was said about current affairs here in Australia. Also, with the special effects 3D technology Hollywood has they can bring dead actors back to life, on screen anyway. Ok, this may just be speculation and I have not cross referenced the 'alleged' history of Julian, but I am suspect.

There are a lot of lies going on these days and diligence is paramount

posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 10:39 AM
reply to post by kwakakev

I concur.

This guy is getting the complete review of his life, regardless if what they tell is true or correct.

They are pulling all the stops on this case.

Why? Because they determined there isn't much, if anything, they can do to a Non-American.

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