by Sibel Edmonds
An Implicated Billionaire,
& A Public in the Dark
The 50,000-pages of documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden contain extensive documentation of PayPal Corporation's partnership and cooperation with the National Security Agency (NSA), according to three NSA veterans.
To date, no information has been released as to the extent of the working relationship and cooperation between the two entities:
What's more, the billionaire owner of PayPal Corporation has entered into a $250 Million business partnership with two journalists, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, a journalist duo who possess the entire cache of evidence provided by Edward Snowden.
Despite earlier pledges by the journalists in question, only one percent (1%) of Snowden's documents has been released.
BFP (Boiling Frogs Post) was recently contacted by a retired NSA official who claims that the documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden contain extensive documentation pertaining to NSA's partnership with major U.S. financial institutions, including credit card companies and PayPal Corporation.
The official, who requested anonymity, also alleges that a deal was made in early June, 2013 between the journalists involved in this recent NSA scandal and U.S. government officials, which was then sealed by secrecy and nondisclosure agreements by all parties involved.
Upon receiving this report BFP contacted three other high-level former NSA officials for additional information and comments.
On December 11, 2013 we contacted Mr. William Binney, a former top official at the National Security Agency (NSA), and asked him to comment on the legitimacy of the above report, and whether he had any knowledge of the partnership and cooperation between NSA and financial institutions such as PayPal.
He confirmed the legitimacy of the report and added:
When asked about the apparent conflict of interest and controversy involving the new business venture between the journalists in question and PayPal's billionaire owner Pierre Omidyar, he had the following statement:
Russell Tice, a former NSA Intelligence Analyst and Capabilities Operations Officer, also confirmed the report, and stated that based on his knowledge, NSA regularly obtains financial information from major financial institutions, including credit card companies and PayPal.
In January 2009, during an interview with Keith Olberman, he stated that information from credit card records and other financial transaction was being collected and stored by NSA (below video):
On December 10, 2013, in an exclusive interview with BFP, Mr. Tice expanded upon the NSA-Financial Institutions collusion:
When asked about his opinion on Glenn Greenwald's new $250 Million venture partnership with PayPal Corporation's billionaire owner Pierre Omidyar, multi-million dollar book and movie deals, and recent unexplained immunity from the U.S. government, he stated the following:
Despite our submitted requests for confirmation, denial or comments, PayPal has refrained from responding to this report and contained allegations.
Other whistleblowers from the intelligence community have also expressed grave concerns over the serious implications of the recent venture partnership between journalist Glenn Greenwald and PayPal owner Pierre Omidyar.
Indeed, the journalists in question have decided to hold back the release of the remaining 99% of the whistleblower's documents, and have been inconsistent and vague as to when and how much they intend to release further documents.
Crytome.Org's John Young, whom we sought comments from for this news story, considers the claims by these former NSA insiders valid and legitimate:
We asked Mr. Young how he viewed the implications of the same billionaire who is allegedly implicated in these documents, buying out the involved reporters (both of them) and getting ownership of the whistleblower's leaked documents:
Here is what WikiLeaks had to say about Pierre Omidyar and his PayPal Corporation's war on whistleblowers:
Whistleblower William Russell, who served with the NSA, U.S. Secret Service, and as an officer and transport pilot with the U.S. Marine Corps, had the following reaction to this exploitive PayPal-Journalist-Government collusion:
Sibel Edmonds, the founder and director of National Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) which represents over 150 government national security whistleblowers, states:
As stated by Guardian's Rusbridger, who recently gave evidence to the British parliamentary committee about stories based on Snowden's NSA leaks:
The enormous conflict of interest and ethical impropriety of PayPal owner Omidyar's business venture with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist in possession of the documents, is not limited to PayPal being directly implicated in documents exposing NSA's illegal activities and operations.
There are other equally disturbing and outrageous facts that put in question the integrity of the journalists, including their sudden enormous gains, wealth, fame, and the apparent government's consent.
There is documented evidence illustrating Pierre Omidyar's historical attitude and position on publishers, reporters and whistleblowers who publicize incriminating government documents.
Here is one, coming directly from billionaire Omidyar:
That's right. The above twit was typed by Omidyar's own fingers on July 16, 2009.
But please don't be mistaken. Pierre Omidyar doesn't only talk the talk. No sir, the man actually walks his talk.
Slightly over a year after Omidyar made the above statement he engaged in the following action:
Wikileaks was not the only whistleblower entity to fall victim to PayPal's war on government whistleblowers'.
In 2011, two years after freezing Wikileaks' account, Omidyar's PayPal cut off the account for Bradley Manning Support:
Then, yet another recent example of violations inflicted by PayPal, this time upon Mailpile.
Mailpile attempted to create a webmail client that is built with both security and usability in mind to counter government's intrusions into hosted webmail accounts:
The history of the billionaire's stand and actions, when it comes to liberties, whistleblowers and freedom of the press, seems to be limited to:
Simply put, Mr. Omidyar has been consistently maintaining his stand as a billionaire who is,
Omidyar's pro government and anti-whistleblowers philosophy and principles are shared equally when it comes to his partners and close associates.
Here is Mr. Omidyar's PayPal Partner and close friend Max Levchin, who says that the NSA isn't being evil, and that the agency's violation is for our own good and protection from terrorists:
Let's watch Pierre Omidyar's PayPal partner and close friend in action, shall we?
PayPal Co-Founder Defends NSA Surveillance
This interview was conducted in the summer of 2013.
This was right in the midst of the Edward Snowden and NSA Scandal. This is what Pierre Omidyar and his closest friend and PayPal partner believed then. And this is what they believe now. There has been no change either in Omidyar's or his partner's position and belief since. There has been zero indication of either of them seeing the light called civil liberties.
PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is not the only PayPal man who is pro-NSA illegal surveillance and corporate-government partnerships in targeting the population at large.
Here are other PayPal Men and former partners who have been directly linked to government spying and surveillance operations, and of course, the CIA:
Here is more on this CIA Company and its originators, all from PayPal's early days:
We must not forget PayPal's position and its actual business goals.
PayPal is an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. It operates in 190 markets and manages more than 232 million accounts, more than 100 million of them active. PayPal allows customers to send, receive, and hold funds in 26 currencies worldwide.
It is subject to the US economic sanction list and subject to other rules and interventions required by US laws or the government.
All that, and the fact that PayPal has always been a valuable asset and partner of the U.S. government, even when it comes to operations directed against the people's rights and privacy.
Remember, NSA wants access to our data. All data. Based on the latest revelations we already know that:
So far, Greenwald and the rest of the mainstream media have been emphasizing a handful of company names valuable to the NSA as great sources of data gathering on individuals - companies and organizations such as,
Now think about it, if NSA is that interested in garbage personal details we post on Facebook, how interested would it be in a far more telling database such as PayPal, where it can get all our expenditures, money transfers, payments and donations?
Prior to Snowden revelations we had NSA's easy access to and control of telecommunication companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
Recently, based on less than 1% of Snowden's documents we became aware of NSA's incestuous partnership with social media and software companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple.
We still don't have access to 99% of Snowden's NSA documents and revelations. Obviously the 50,000+ page documentations includes many other companies and organizations, including those in possession of the public's financial transaction data. We are talking credit card companies and other related financial institutions. More importantly, we are talking about one of the world's largest online money transfer entities, PayPal Corporation.
Thus, we all should be alarmed when we see that those implicated in the whistleblower's documented evidence are now forming a multi-million dollar business venture with those in possession of that evidence.
We all must question the unexplained changes in the U.S. government's position on the ownership and publication of these documents. We must all be wary when we see how readily mainstream publishers and Hollywood studios are signing up to publicize these documents and the case with some unexplained immunity.
We have to ask ourselves: what has changed? What gives?
Only a few months ago there was all this talks about apprehension, jailing, hanging and droning of all parties involved. Only a few months ago the parties involved put on a magnificent show on how they were threatened, endangered, and were going to be persecuted and prosecuted.
Then, suddenly, something changed. Something gave.
We have no way of knowing, since lips seem to have been sealed, and the release of the ‘real' documents has been vaguely put on hold for years to come. On the other hand, thanks to some ‘real' whistleblowers out there, we are getting some information putting this smoke and mirrors filled stage into perspective.
Even if so far we have gotten to see only the tip of this convoluted and corrupted iceberg.