A source has confirmed to EW that an untitled film with Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell attached as director and star, respectively, is not going forward. Deadline first reported the news, describing the film as “paranoid thriller.”
Over the past week, a message claiming to be from the group that hacked Sony invoked 9/11 in a threat, which prompted movie theater chains to decide not to show the film. Following the theaters’ decisions, Sony canceled plans for the film’s Christmas release. The New York Timeshas since reported that the U.S. has reached the conclusion that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the hacking.
The war on Gary Webb is covered at The Intercept.
The CIA watched these developments closely, collaborating where it could with outlets who wanted to challenge Webb’s reporting. Media inquiries had started almost immediately following the publication of “Dark Alliance,” and Dujmovic in “Managing a Nightmare” cites the CIA’s success in discouraging “one major news affiliate” from covering the [Contra Cocaine] story.
…Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers. In each case, one or another agency of the U.S. government had information regarding the involvement either while it was occurring, or immediately thereafter.”
The chief of the CIA’s Central America Task Force was also quoted as saying, “With respect to (drug trafficking) by the Resistance Forces…it is not a couple of people. It is a lot of people.”
Kill the Messenger
One company is Phantom Secure, a Canadian-based seller of encrypted Blackberries.
Standard fearmongering playbook has the Australian government rallying the public against privacy and encryption. What should have been the default: privacy for all, is now the source of dread and panic because SHOCK! There are criminals in the world! Did you know this?
We are all to be treated as criminals and under surveillance, and we should accept life in the digital goldfish bowl.