The following is the text of a new email we’ve just sent to Mr. Andrew Lewman, Executive Director of the Tor Project. We will publish his response when we receive it. In his email to us we received yesterday, Mr. Lewman admitted that the two major funders of the Tor Project in 2011 were the US Defense Department and the US Department of State. This money is not given directly to Tor – that would strip away their ability to deny that they were directly funded by the US Government. Instead, the US Government uses the time-honored CIA and espionage means of utilizing go-betweens or “cut-outs”: companies and entities that allow themselves to be used as a quasi-reputable sponsor, masking the actual source of the money. For arcane accounting reasons, the Tor Project’s accounting firm was obliged to produce an “amended” financial statement for 2011 in which the actual sources of the majority of Tor’s funding comes from: the US Departments of Defense and State. Perusing the hidden documentation of Tor’s many, many projects undertaken by their secret sponsors, it becomes clear the the Tor Project is being used, quite willingly, as a tool of the US Government which is used to provide secret communications channels between US Government intelligence operatives and pro-US “rebels” in countries such as Syria, China and Iran. This, of course, means that if you run a Tor node, you are helping the US government to create phony “indigenous rebel groups” inside those countries composed of pre-approved pro-US forces. These kinds of US destabilization operations have been carried out all over the world and have caused the deaths, torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of worker and peasant activists, from Chile to El Salvador to Grenada to Afghanistan and on and on.
For more information on how the CIA used and created “cutouts” like “Air America” to run covert operations and funnel money to pro-US organizations all over the world, we recommend that your read “Inside the Company: A CIA Diary” by Philip Agee, still one of the best books available that shows the close relationship – even back in the early ’70s – between the US State Department and its embassies and the CIA and other US spy agencies. Today, as the fiasco in Libya clearly shows, the “firewall” between US diplomatic and US spy agencies has been practically obliterated, to the point that a person who says that they “work for the US State Department overseas” can quite reasonably be suspected of being deeply involved with US espionage efforts. Or worse.
Mr. Lewman invited us to send him more questions “if we have any” and boy, do we! Reading the documents buried deep inside the Tor website that outline various projects undertaken by the Tor team – most probably on behalf of the we mention – Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago
4 January 2012
Thank you for offering to take the time to answer our earlier questions.
We do, in fact have some more questions for you.
1) Being the “Friends of WikiLeaks” we had, indeed, “noticed” the fact that the Tor Project is working on a project or projects under grants acquired from “Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency” over the past 3 years (2010-2012). What, specifically did Sida give you this money for? What is the nature of this project or projects and how much money have they given you to work on it?
2) Could you provide us with a list of all your most recent major sponsors, including the name of the sponsors and the existence of any “pass-through” funding and from whence it is derived?
3) We see in your well-hidden “documentation” (it certainly isn’t easy to find on your website!) of your many, many past and ongoing projects this:
Question: Who is/was “Sponsor E”? What are/were the target nation(s) or organization(s) of this project? Reading this
https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/sponsors/SponsorE/September2011 where it is stated:
“Deliverable List for Sponsor E, September 15, 2011
Translations… Translation infrastructure:
Done: There’s no development work that needs doing to help our partner translate our software. The translation status for Arabic and Farsi as of September 8, 2011 is listed here. [Runa]”
we’d venture to guess that at least one of the the target countries is Iran. Is that a good guess or what?
4) We see in your well-hidden “documentation” this item:
Question: who is “Sponsor F” and what is the precise nature of this project? What are the target nation(s)/organization(s) in this project?
That’s enough for now. If we have any more questions we’ll get in touch.
We thank you again for your quick replies to us and for your very generous offer to assist us in gaining a greater understanding of the Tor Project and its work.
Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago