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[liberationtech] quid pro quo

Eleanor Saitta ella at
Thu Sep 12 05:46:43 PDT 2013

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On 2013.09.10 20.27, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> Let's say major corps like ATT and Chase are doing favors for NSA.
> Why would they if not for a quid pro quo?
> And if they are getting favors in return, isn't that illegal?
> I wonder if there is evidence to show what the payback is.

So, large companies have their own intelligence concerns, in terms of
corporate espionage with respect to competitors, the potential actions
of regulatory bodies in the countries they operate, and actions by
activists and civil society groups that may target them.  Some
instances of this kind of thing are documented in Eveline Lubber's
book Secret Manouvers in the Dark: Corporate Spying on Actvists:
 Many of the folks who end up working in corporate intelligence or
"situation management" are ex-intelligence, and in some cases retain
their clearances.  We have evidence (mostly from domestic intelligence
agencies where evidence showed up in court) that shows a a revolving
door for intelligence products between companies and agencies.


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