Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Tor Was Built, Then Hacked by Pentagon

Peter B. Collins presents: Journalist Yasha Levine Last fall, we learned that one branch of the Navy paid Carnegie-Mellon University researchers to hack into the “onion routing” encryption system called Tor, which was spawned by a different branch of the Navy, the Naval Research Laboratory. The FBI used the hack to penetrate the Dark Web […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Google’s Secret Ties to Spy Agencies

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Researching for his new book Surveillance Valley, Yasha Levine of Pando updates us on his probe of the origins of Google Earth. Now “the biggest private surveillance operation on planet Earth”, Google purchased the startup Keyhole, Inc. in 2003 from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Tor’s PR Moves May Violate Law

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Updating his reports on the Tor encryption system, Yasha Levine of Pando reveals that Tor management has added a staff public relations person and Thomson Communications, a corporate PR firm that has represented the telco Verizon. The assignment appears to be to reshape perceptions of Tor following Pando’s […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Internet Privacy Funded by Spooks

Peter B. Collins Presents Investigative Journalist Yasha Levine Despite smears and even a death threat, Yasha Levine continues to probe the origins and funding of Tor, Open Whisper Systems, CryptoCat and other internet privacy applications. He reviews the Cold War origins of the Broadcast Board of Governors (BBG), the state department arm best known for […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Reporter Attacked, Smeared for Tor Exposé

Peter B. Collins Presents Yasha Levine Following his July article in Pando and a related interview here, Yasha Levine was the target of slings and arrows, including some from online privacy advocates who work for the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Levine had reported on the origins and funding of the Tor encryption system—linked […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Tor Encryption- Created by Spooks, for Spooks

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Ed Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and the Electronic Frontier Foundation tout Tor as an encryption system to protect your privacy on the internet. Pando’s scrappy investigative reporter Yasha Levine returns to explain the origins and funding of Tor. Developed by the Naval Research Lab and DARPA, its main clients […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Google Execs’ Cozy Relationships with NSA Boss

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Jason Leopold At al Jazeera America, Jason Leopold recently published email exchanges between former NSA chief Keith Alexander and Google’s top brass, including Chairman Eric Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin. The emails show Alexander thanking the googlers for previous meetings, and inviting them to an upcoming classified briefing. This expose […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: More from the Dark Side of Google

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Yasha Levine Journalist Yasha Levine returns to share his latest reports on Google’s business dealings with military and intelligence agencies and the corporate contractors who work for them. He explains that Google Federal is the DC marketing arm, that includes at least one former CIA employee, and it has secured […]