“Pathological liars always have great faith in their own honesty. That’s what helps them lie.” – Julian Assange
I believe that Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s sins, in sabotaging and stealing from WikiLeaks, were committed for reasons of vengeance. I believe however, that there was a darker motivation, to his actions, which went far beyond malice. I believe it is probable he had been recruited as an F.B.I. informant.
The release of the ‘Afghan War Logs’ would have sent shock-waves through the U.S. Intelligence community resulting in immediate downward-pressure, from the Corridors of Power, to take action to stop WikiLeaks. Priority one, for the United States Government would have been to ensure that no further damaging leaks were possible. The best way to achieve this, and the focus of U.S. Government efforts, would have been to damage or steal the method by which information was leaked to WikiLeaks.
Domscheit-Berg did exactly that. He stole WikiLeaks’ encrypted submission system, a system authored by Julian Assange. This act put the organisation back months and necessitated WikiLeaks having to set up a temporary, rudimentary submission system, using the postal system. He also stole WikiLeaks donations in the six-digit range, as well as computer hardware.
The reason Domscheit-Berg gave, for stealing the encrypted submission system, was to use it in his own organisation, ‘Openleaks’. Openleaks has been inactive for the entirety of its’ existence, well over a year. It appears to be a non-functioning ‘front’ organisation.
It’s no secret that Domscheit-Berg has no ability to write code and could never write a submission system for himself. But why would he need one if ‘OpenLeaks’ was never going to function? I believe that Domscheit-Berg had been approached by the F.B.I. when they heard of the dissension between himself and Assange. He then agreed to work for the government in return for benefits. I believe one of his first tasks, as an Informant, was to steal the encrypted submission system and to hand it to the F.B.I. This he dutifully accomplished. I believe he was also directed to steal the stored WikiLeaks emails and to provide them to the F.B.I. What other benefit was there to be gained, from stealing emails, apart from to assist Law Enforcement? Emails relating to an argument between Domscheit-Berg and Assange were never going to hurt WikiLeaks. Other information, contained within the email system, however, could have been very useful to the Government. Remember that, at this time, the F.B.I. were trying to put together a case against Assange as well as obtain intelligence about the identities of WikiLeaks’ Sources, in order to stop them leaking information and, where possible, put together prosecutions against them. They were, and remain, keen to gather as much intelligence as possible about the organisation’s activities, plans, methodology, members, contacts, skills and sympathisers. The email system would have been considered a rich source of information.
After Domscheit-Berg had stolen the documents, containing leaked information, from WikiLeaks, the Chaos Computer Club attempted to assist with mediating their re-aquisition. The Club spent eleven fruitless months trying to do so. Andy Müller-Maguhn, of the CCC, indicated that attempts were made to make Domscheit-Berg commit to a single story but to no avail. He then claimed the documents had been destroyed. Kristinn Hrafnsson, Assange’s legal representative, stated that 3,500 documents had been stolen from WikiLeaks. None of this rich treasure-trove has subsequently been leaked by ‘Openleaks’.
This is not surprising as the F.B.I. would hardly have given Domscheit-Berg permission to leak sensitive information to the public, or media, hence no such leaked information has been released. The information was, no doubt, handed directly to the U.S. Government. ‘Openleaks’ remains open, possibly as a ‘front’ organisation, by arrangement with the F.B.I., to help maintain the original contrived ‘legend’ about Domscheit-Berg’s motives. I believe ‘Openleaks’ will never leak a single document. I believe that, if it is perceived that the ruse is failing, an announcement may be made, via the Main-stream Media, in relation to a ‘Leak’ of sensitive information by Openleaks. This release will actually be a pre-arranged press release, orchestrated to maintain the ruse whilst doing no real damage.
The F.B.I. now face an inherent problem with taking this course. The ‘Catch 22’ situation, in which they now find themselves, is that they must maintain the ruse that ‘Openleaks’ is a legitimate ‘leak’ organisation. Their difficulty is that, whilst maintaining the ruse, they cannot allow any leaks to happen. If Domscheit-Berg is given a fallacious ‘leak’ to release, to support his cover story, demands will immediately be made for him to be charged under the “Espionage Act”, with the same offences they are saving up for Julian Assange. They would then be forced to ‘out’ him as an Informant to avoid doing so. I believe this ‘Catch 22’ situation is the reason why ‘Openleaks’ continues to sit there, in a glaring and pitiful state of inaction and why it will continue to do so indefinitely. What to do?…What to do? It’s a conundrum. [Sound of fingers drumming on the desk].
The F.B.I. would have been desperate to cultivate an Informant from within WikiLeaks. Daniel Domscheit-Berg would have been just the man they were looking for – vengeful, vindictive, treacherous and with an axe to grind. Whilst using him, they probably despise him.
I would suggest the U.S. Government probably helped with the release of his book, ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website’ to support his cover story and spread the myth to conceal his relationship with the F.B.I. I believe it is possible that part of the reason for the book deal, apart from to peddle disinformation to discredit WikiLeaks, was also to cover financial payments to Domscheit-Berg, for his assistance to the U.S. Government. After the split with WikiLeaks,
Domscheit-Berg attempted to use a Chaos Computer Club summer event to promote ‘Openleaks’. The response of Andy Muller-Maguhn was as follows:- “We on the board of the CCC are not happy Domscheit-Berg has given the impression Openleaks will be tested by our own people and thus given a CCC stamp of approval. This is outrageous.”
Domscheit-Berg also refused to divulge information about ‘Openleaks’ or with whom he was working. I believe that the motivation for this promotion of ‘Openleaks’, at this event, was to assist the F.B.I. and other U.S. Government agencies, in using it as a ‘honey-trap’. I believe they wanted to encourage genuine Sources to use that facility instead of ‘WikiLeaks’ to stop information being leaked to the public and to identify Sources so they could then be prosecuted. I believe that, due to the honesty and intelligence of members of the Chaos Computer Club, this plan back-fired and the operation was an ‘epic fail’, causing it to be shelved. As we know, Andy Muller-Maguhn went on to co-author the ground-breaking ‘Cypherpunks’ with Julian Assange. Clearly he was too smart to fall for Domscheit-Berg’s antics. I believe that Domscheit-Berg would also have been reporting back to the F.B.I. about the members and activities of the Chaos Computer Club and their associates and may still be doing so.
The high-level, immediate, Main-stream Media support of Domscheit-Berg, also appears to have been assisted by the U.S. Government. Domscheit-Berg, being a narcissistic egotist, would no doubt have easily fallen in line with anyone who said to him, “Boy, we’re going to make you a star”. In fact, apart from larceny and lying, self-promotion appears to have been his only activity since being fired from WikiLeaks.
My investigation has been wholly based on information obtained from the internet. The conclusion that Domscheit-Berg was and probably still is, being ‘handled’ by the F.B.I., is the only explanation for the odd sequence of events and the numerous inconsistencies, both in his words and actions. All of these inconsistencies fall into place when the conclusion is applied. It is the only way to make sense of the whole matter.
This view is supported by those expressed by Julian Assange, in his statement of 20th August, 2011.
“I have received a warning from a current Western intelligence officer that Daniel Domscheit-Berg has been in contact with the F.B.I., on more than one occasion, and that the information from his contact was “helpful”. I do not know if Daniel Domscheit-Berg was complicit with the reported contact. David House, of the Bradley Manning Support Network, stated publicly, and repeatedly, that U.S. investigative authorities attempted to bribe him to become an informant and infiltrate WikiLeaks activities.”
Needless to say, whether Daniel Domscheit-Berg is a vengeful competitor, an F.B.I. snitch, or both, one thing is clear – anyone who decides to trust him has rocks in their head.