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US Homeland Security Monitored Occupy Wall Street, Documents Show
March 1, 2012
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has compiled a secret dossier on the Occupy Wall Street movement, leaked e-mails reveal.
The five-page document, posted on Rolling Stone magazine’s website, cites the need to monitor Occupy as a “potential security risk.” It emerged days after the whistleblower site WikiLeaks, with which Rolling Stone has a partnership, released 5 million e-mails from the servers of the U.S.-based private security firm Stratfor.
On Tuesday, 10 protesters were arrested in New York in a bid to revive the movement across the United States.
According to Rolling Stone, which first reported the DHS dossier’s existence, Homeland Security kept tabs on Occupy through major media outlets and also combed Occupy-related Twitter feeds for information. The dossier, titled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street,” contains a section on the movement’s use of social media including an interactive map of protest sites throughout the country.
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