Wicked Game – Chapter 26

“Wikileaks and Precursors to Fascism”

Before continuing, let’s recall what came before.

I had a Booz Allen employee (Curtis Sawyer) in my social circle, I think starting in 2003. Then Plamegate.

2005, moved to Brooklyn. The condo building also housed Booz Allen employee Linda De Lotto.

In 2007, bumped into Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and that lead to writing The Wisp. The weird “you’re being watched” email. The early 2008 situation with Smoke House and The Wisp including the creepy car, runaway pickup truck, broken lock, and the weird mood swings.

Later, met Scahill and Klein at an event, March of 2008. Was handed Blindsight to read, April 2008. Started a new story (We Were the Freedom Federation) October or November of 2008. The building’s garbage was stolen in November 2008.

Continued with the story over the holidays. Met artist for issue 1 February 2009. Dogs became ill after vet visit March or so 2009. Weirdness around the building, including a strange Blair Witch-type cross hanging in the courtyard, June 2009:

Date: June 15, 2009
From: Patty …
To: [building occupants]

Has anyone noticed the odd, handmade-looking cross that’s hanging from a tree by a string as you enter the courtyard from the front corridor? Anyone know what it’s about? It’s a bit creepy.

(In point of fact, I had noticed).

Comic published and Cleo died, September 2009.

Then Squidgate in December of 2009. So named because science fiction writer Peter Watts background was as a marine biologist. “Squid” is a common nickname for those folks (like, I suppose “Sparky” is for Navy communications officers, “Gunny” for gunnery sergeants, etc.).

The fire at the Conway’s condo and the three men in the pickup truck spewing white smoke on December 23, 2009. The daily harassment, the (unknown to me at the time) surreptitious drugging, and other harassment such as the fire exit broken by Balding’s underlings, January 16, 2010:

Date: January 17, 2010
From: [Me]
To: [Building Occupants]

Dear Condo Board:

The door to the A and B side [of the building] in the courtyard is a fire hazard (prevents egress) and a serious, expensive violation. Two days now.
Why isn’t it fixed or at least disabled until it can be fixed?


Then the email to the Feds (in which I stated that I thought foreign entities, traitors, or enemies of the Obama administration must be responsible), resulting in no change to the harassment. My job was gone (essentially locked out of the building, was not told if fired/laid off) and my longterm relationship was hobbling towards its eventual doom. Plus other daily dirty tricks and harassment techniques.

On January 29, 2010, I sent a donation to Wikileaks from my PC in Brooklyn, New York via PayPal. I saw this as a way of sending a clear message, I did not appreciate how I was being treated. Wikileaks was a whistleblower site. I had a whistle to blow even if I did not yet know who to blow it at and about. The email follows.

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Now let’s recall the public timeline. Though Bradley Manning allegedly contacted Wikileaks (and Adrian Lamo) as early as November 2009, he was not arrested until late May of 2010, most (or all?) of the news reports came in June.

At no time did anyone come ask me about the donation. This should have been easy detective work.

Or was this an after thought, an excuse, something to cover up what had already been done and what was going to come later?

Maybe not. Maybe all of it was planned.

(Draft below).

Let’s recall again the public timeline of Bradley Manning’s arrest. News reports in May of 2010 [1] (four months after my donation) stated that he was suspected of having released documents in March (two months after my donation). Should be easy detective work, right? No way I could have known he’d do that later, didn’t even know who he was, that he existed before the arrest was reported.

(Things get even stranger when you consider that Jeremy Scahill, my neighbor whose work I loosely based The Wisp on, was connected with someone who told him that Blackwater owner, co-founder and sometimes CEO, was fleeing to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates by Bradley Manning himself [2].)

However, the timeline released by the government tells a different story. They claim that in October and November of 2009, Manning was already shopping around the documents that they claim he released four or five months later [3].

Had they moved the date back just to try to net me as well? Frame me? Draw me into it?

Or was that actually true and, for some reason, despite the obvious that such communications between someone with that kind of access and people on the outside could not have gone unnoticed by the many contractors who handle network security and military intelligence to begin with, that they let Manning proceed for months before doing anything about it? Had they done so in order to embarrass Obama and Clinton?

Neither story quite adds up without some kind of nefarious motive behind it. Throw in voice-to-skull (I’m about to) and you cannot figure out exactly what happened at all nor who was responsible.

Yes. It gets weirder.

Also according to the trial documents [4], Manning was, prior to even November 2009, having difficulties that resulted in him seeing a mental health counselor. The counselor failed to check the correct boxes in order to get his security clearance revoked. Thereby making the counselor “responsible” internally for what may very well have been a psychoactive/NLW-related black op.

This is a lot like, pattern-wise, the guards at Abu Ghraib catching the wrath of the legal system for what was in part the work of contractors, part the work of government agencies, and largely resulting from orders of top Bush administration officials. You didn’t much hear that story because the Boston Marathon bombing took the headlines away the same day that the bipartisan report concluding that that had been the case was released [5] [6].

Manning should not have been allowed to do what they say he did. There was a whole system in place that failed at every turn like the BP oil spill did. Every turn. Training ignored (like what happened on the Blue Water Bridge that lead to Squidgate; after all, we aren’t hearing that rushing, beating and pepper-spraying is SOP…not yet anyway) and technical failures [7].

But at the time of Manning’s arrest I did not even recall the donation. It was one of many steps I took to try to rectify the situation.

Also, I was so focused on surviving by then, attempting to recover from daily psychological assaults, that I wasn’t thinking clearly.

I would later send an email to Wikileaks (addressed to Assange) asking them to be careful about doing damage with the releases. This was just before they actually released the bulk of Cablegate. I never heard back, but by the time I sent my third email, the address I had used became inactive.

(Yes, there’s nothing like trying to help the Obama administration and the Democrats and getting screwed to really make you want to do so again. They don’t care about you.)

If anything, it’s the lack of repercussions from the release that is remarkable. There are some things that people claim came of it (like the Arab Spring, I have my doubts that that was actually what served to fulfill Michael Ledeen’s “Faster, please” plea from the Bush administration days [8]) but overall it did not make the world end.

Nor has it, yet, given us the opportunity to debate these unending wars either. By Obama and the Department of Defense making it all about Manning and Assange, they have avoided any personal responsibility for failing to live up to campaign promises and to fulfill their mission.

Then there was what appeared initially to be torture of Manning at the prison at the Marine Brig Prison at Quantico:

…he was put into an inhumane solitary confinement…

…barred from interaction with other prisoners even during his one hour of “exercise” in an empty room.

On Wednesday, Manning was stripped of his clothes and forced to remain naked in his cell for seven hours. He also was required to stand naked during an inspection.



…Manning was held in solitary confinement and forced nudity. He was classified as a “maximum custody detainee” and held under a “Prevention of Injury” designation for nine months until he was transferred in April 2011. A Prevention of Injury order is just short of suicide watch and means that guards check the cell every five minutes with the prisoner not allowed to sleep during the day. Manning was not allowed to sleep between 5 am (7 am at weekends) and 8 pm, and if he tried to, was made to stand or sit up. At Quantico he was detained in a 6 x 12 foot cell, with no window, and only a bed, toilet and sink. He ate his meals in his cell. Manning could walk outside his cell only while shackled and for only one hour. He was allowed to keep only one book and one magazine in his cell.


Compare with The Search for the Manchurian Candidate [11]:

According to the general consensus, the Soviets started a new prisoner off by putting him in solitary confinement. A rotating corps of guards watched him constantly, humiliating and demeaning him at every opportunity and making it clear he was totally cut off from all outside support. The guards ordered him to stand for long periods, let him sit, told him exactly the position he could take to lie down, and woke him if he moved in the slightest while sleeping. They banned all outside stimuli—books, conversation, or news of the world.

The resemblance is striking. Impossible to ignore. Even though there will be (once it goes mainstream) debate on the effectiveness of things like harassment, drugs, and voice-to-skull and brainwashing, there is no question that, in custody, a person can be brainwashed over time. Not debatable. There it damn well is.

To me, the question of hero and traitor are beside the point.

The point is, what happened? What’s the truth? Why brainwash someone who you already think is guilty? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense unless someone has something to hide.

I note that one of the main character in The Wisp is gay. I note that I am also. Bradley Manning and even Adrian Lamo who informed FBI of the potential future leak are as well (though there is now some question that maybe Manning was instead transgender woman).

As stated previously, there is some circumstantial evidence of Nathan Hale having been gay (the main physical description comes from a woman who fought along side him and played football with him and the other men, which she noted Hale preferred to going to dances and being with the ladies). I discovered that when I was doing research, but many of the links I had bookmarked were broken when I went back a year or two later.

Then I note the resistance to repealing Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell. I note especially events such as resulted in the resignation of a Navy captain [12]. I also note that a conservative in Virginia is right now trying to put sodomy laws back into enforcement and may succeed in doing so [13].

And then there’s Glenn Greenwald, who published the Snowden story. He was already, years ago, targeted by CIA subcontractor Palantir [14]. Recently, his male partner was detained by the Brits who really didn’t need to be told to do that by the US government because they understand what pricks run it almost as well as I do [15].

And need I remind you of Velvet Goldmine? Clooney’s and Pitts’ jokes about a certain Republican senator who liked to play footsy in airport bathrooms? [16]


Why won’t more people just call it what it is?


The hurdles? Money and greed; black ops and propaganda; and laziness and love of one’s own words, I think. We cannot conceive that this country is headed where another went four score years or so ago.

More than anything, this looks like a plot to label gays as terrorists or traitors just as they had succeeded in doing with Muslims during 9/11. Who better to orchestrate at least some of this than a private intelligence corporation that actually predates World War II, headed at one time by a neoconservative?

You likely still think it’s chance, my fault, or that I’m lying or crazy. That’s normalcy bias [17]. “Isn’t happening to me, therefore it isn’t happening.”

Not yet to you, maybe. To borrow from Martin Niemöller on how German intellectuals completely failed to see the rise of the Third Reich coming:

First they came for the Muslims,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Muslim.

Then they came for the atheists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t an atheist.

Then they came for the homosexuals,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a homosexual.

Then they came for me,
and there was no on left to speak for me.

The fact that the Brits didn’t keep and torture Miranda doesn’t mean what I am suggesting isn’t in progress. They tortured me. They tortured Bradley Manning. Because they could.

They have, in my opinion, done even worse. And there is worse yet to come.

Wake up. Please.

1 Early reports of Manning arrest.

2 Again, FireDogLake, “Through Bradley Manning, Jeremy Scahill Learned Blackwater’s Erik Prince Was Going to United Arab Emirates.” Kevin Gosztola, 24 April 2013:


3 According to Lamo, Manning made his first contact with Wikileaks in November of 2009, but the ones published by WIRED with Lamo (where he allegedly shopped them first) are much later and begin on 21 May 2010:

WIRED, “Manning-Lamo Chat Logs Revealed”, Evan Hansen, 13 July 2011:


The government’s charge sheet:

26 03b gov charge sheet

…between on or about 19 November 2009 and on or about 27 May 2010…

Find the PDF at the Federation of American Scientists website:


Need to update the section up top for the emergence of information regarding Manning being transgender.

4 New York Times Magazine, “Bradley Manning’s Army of One”, Steve Fishman, 3 July 2011:


5 Top level Bush officials ordered torture AND 6 Boston Marathon Attack

The article on the NY Times article discussed over at Reason mentions the curious timing of the report coming out and the bombing taking the headlines away. The quote from the former article:

A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that ‘it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture’ and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.

Reason, “New Report Blows the Lid Off America’s Recent History of Torture – And shows that when it comes to conserving the national-security state, it matters little which party is in power,” Sheldon Richman, 5 May 2013:


7 BP Oil Spill timeline narrative:

New York Times, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours,” David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul, 25 December 2010:


See how human error seemed to mesh so perfectly with mechanical failures (though there are some exceptions that lead to so many people surviving).

8 AntiWar, “Ledeen on the Run: ‘Faster, Please’ Toward the Annihilation of Iran,” Anthony Gancarski, 22 August 2003:


9 TruthOut, “Army’s Mafia Abuse of Private Manning,” Ray McGovern, 7 March 2011:


10 TruthOut, “No Speedy Trial for Bradley Manning, Now in Pre-Trial Confinement for 560 Days,” Ann Wright, 16 November 2011:


11 The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, John D. Marks, Chapter 8 Brainwashing:


12 Examiner, “Navy Videos scandal: Captain Owen Honors relieved pending investigation (videos),” Charisse Van Horn, 3 January 2011:


13 Virginia’s Attorney General tries to revive sodomy laws under guise of fighting pedophilia even though the laws in question do not cover juveniles nor do they cover coitus at all, which a pedophile can engage in with a child of the opposite sex.

Washington Post, “Supreme Court asked to revive Virginia’s anti-sodomy law,” Robert Barnes, 18 August 2013:


14 Nation, “Ron Paul Wants to Abolish the CIA; His Largest Donor Builds Toys for It: Why does 76 percent of the civil libertarian’s Super PAC money come from billionaire Peter Thiel, whose Palantir Technologies helps the government spy on citizens?,” Mark Ames, 23 February 2012:


Thiel’s Palantir and its two intelligence contractor partners—collectively named “Team Themis” after the Roman goddess of law and order—proposed to the Chamber’s lawyers a plan that involved illegal cyber-espionage against the Chamber’s enemies, including targeting activists’ families and children. Among those targeted: ThinkProgress, union leaders, MoveOn, Brad Friedman and Glenn Greenwald, whose support for Wikileaks reportedly rankled Chamber member Bank of America.

15 Miranda detained by Her Majesty’s government.

Guardian, “David Miranda detention: White House was given ‘heads-up’: US says it did not sanction holding Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow, but was told his name was on passenger list,” Nicholas Watt and Adam Gabbatt, 19 August 2013:


CNN, “White House knew Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda would be detained,” Staff, 19 August 2013:


US informed of intention to do so, did not ask them to abort.

Reminder, the UK is also a NATO member. See GLADIO related notes from other chapters.

16 See the opening segments in the special tribute to Julia Roberts. They were filming one of the Ocean’s movies at the time in New Jersey.


17 Normalcy bias.


Of course, the opposite extreme “worst-case thinking bias” can also be a problem as it is in part what has lead to the over-spending and the handing over of power to the already-too-powerful. It’s knowing when to apply which that is tricky and to recall that the US was not founded on trust, but rather separation of opposing powers. When those powers are not opposing, not limited, and/or do not check and balance each other, you can safely be concerned that it will one day affect you adversely.


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