Madsen’s report breaking US spying on Europe killed by Guardian
October 30, 2013
Long before NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged, investigative journalist and former NSA technician Wayne Madsen had relayed key intel based on information obtained through confidential sources outlining the NSA’s secret backroom deals with several European countries.
For 12 years, Madsen worked with the NSA and witnessed firsthand how Americans’ private data got pilfered, sifted through and logged on a daily basis. He has since taken up post as one of the most influential muckraker journalists of our time, working to shed light on the surveillance state’s piecemeal deconstruction of the Constitution, as well as expose corruption of the beltway elite.
More recently, Madsen’s name was in the news, ironically, when it was cut from the news.
Following the hailstorm of media attention generated by Snowden’s PRISM leaks, Madsen said he felt obliged to speak out after seeing world leader after world leader feign incredulity at the NSA spying news.
In a 2013 Guardian article published in late June, Madsen revealed to Observer writer Jamie Doward, that, according to his research and sources, the U.S. was engaged in secret backroom deals with at least six European Union member states, including Germany, and that leaders, such as German Chancellor Merkel, would have been well aware of this.
According to Business Insider, Doward wrote:
Madsen said the countries had “formal second and third party status” under signal intelligence (sigint) agreements that compels them to hand over data, including mobile phone and internet information to the NSA if requested.
Under international intelligence agreements, confirmed by declassified documents, nations are categorised by the US according to their trust level. The US is first party while the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand enjoy second party relationships. Germany and France have third party relationships.
“I can’t understand how Angela Merkel can keep a straight face – demanding assurances from Obama and the UK – while Germany has entered into those exact relationships,” Madsen told PrivacySurgeon.org’s Simon Davies back in June.
“She’s acting like inspector Reynaud in Casablanca: ‘I’m shocked – shocked – to find gambling going on here.’”
London’s prestigious newspaper drummed out both an online and a print version of the scoop, both of which underwent cutting room floor executions, but not before dozens of news outlets had already latched onto the story and either reprinted or reported on it.
Now, reports that the German Chancellor’s phone may have been tapped have once again surfaced, and right on cue Germany is pretending they know nothing.
But exposing collusion on international spy networks is just a run-of-the-mill occurrence for Madsen, who’s been at it for longer than two decades.
In 1999, Madsen revealed what “may be the greatest intelligence scam of the century: For decades, the US has routinely intercepted and deciphered top secret encrypted messages of 120 countries.”
In 2009, he shed light on the NSA’s “Q group,” a counter-intelligence security group comprised of about 1,000 agents working with the FBI and local law enforcement to prosecute and harass journalists and federal whistleblowers, especially those working to tie the federal government to the attacks of 9/11.
His information came from leaked documents uncovered in 2005 regarding a program known as “Firstfruits,” which detailed how, during the Bush administration, the NSA “eavesdropped on the private conversations and e-mail of its own employees, employees of other U.S. intelligence agencies — including the CIA and DIA — and their contacts in the media, Congress, and oversight agencies and offices.”
In 2008, sources told Madsen that one of the alleged customers of “DC Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who ran an upscale escort service in Washington DC for thirty years, was possibly former Vice President Dick Cheney, a statement Palfrey could neither deny nor confirm. Following Madsen’s bombshell, Palfrey “committed suicide,” mere months after telling the Alex Jones Show, and others, that she would never kill herself.
But all his muckraking may have caught up to him.
In 2011, Madsen received credible intel that his reporting had landed him square in the sights of the Obama administration, who many believe has no moral qualms over dispatching journalists challenging the status quo.
In an article published at the time, Madsen highlighted the case of investigative journalist Jack Anderson, whose reportage was a detrimental nuisance to the Nixon Administration. In describing discussions over how the pesky columnist could be assassinated, Madsen mentioned that “Staging an automobile accident in which Anderson would be incinerated was also an option,” a scenario mirroring what we may have seen played out earlier this year when Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings’ Merecedes burst into flames after crashing into a tree.
On yesterday’s Alex Jones Show, Alex asked what the next big NSA spying revelation would be. Madsen answered that we should soon learn that the phones of high profile figures, such as the Pope, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, were also tapped, further leading the public to feel helpless under the barrage of assaults against their privacy rights.
Indeed, the suppression of Madsen’s information, only to have it surface months later, shows the extent to which the establishment watches independent media and carefully controls much of what goes out in print.
In other words, Madsen’s the real deal.
Now the following story appears on the Drudge Report: