Assange Asylum in Jeopardy, ‘Marble’ Undermines Russian Hacker Narrative

As Wikileaks’ release of Vault 7’s “Marble” was met with surprisingly little press coverage late this week, the run-off phase of presidential elections in Ecuador today may also prove decisive on whether Assange continues to receive asylum in the nation’s London embassy.

Wikileaks’ press release on the program alleges that Marble is used to hamper forensic investigators and anti-virus companies from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the CIA.

The press release also emphasized that Marble was “only used for obfuscation,” giving the CIA the ability to conceal the origin of programs in malware, as opposed to containing exploits in and of itself. The documents indicate that the CIA also had the ability to create an appearance of ‘false attribution’ which gives the impression that the malware was created by another country; including Russia or China. The Mirror reported that: “Marble has test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi as well as English.”

Screenshot showing test examples of CIA capabilities which allow them to insert foreign languages into program scripts

Wikileaks claimed that Marble was in use at the CIA during 2016 and reached 1.0 in 2015. This raises serious questions in regards to the “Russian Hacking” narrative often proposed by representatives of the American intelligence community and in the press regarding the U.S. presidential election of 2016.

Marble was released shortly before Ecuador went to the polls to elect their next President in a run off election. Mr. Assange remains in Ecuador’s London Embassy, where he has been held in de-facto captivity since August 2012 after being granted asylum by Ecuador. On April 6, 2016 the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that Assange’s detention was unlawful. They ordered that he be released immediately and compensated by Sweden and the United Kingdom for the roles these states played in his captivity.

Conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso has promised to revoke Assange’s asylum within “30 days” of election, if he is is elected. Opposing Lasso is Lenín Moreno, who has indicated he will allow Assange to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy if victorious. The race has so far been reported as very close, with some Latin American media reporting that polls lean slightly in favor of Moreno.

Although U.S. President Donald Trump has commented favorably on Wikileaks, the U.S. Department of Justice has remained silent on claims it has readied a secret indictment of Assange, which Wikileaks has referred to as “unconstitutional.”

Author: Elizabeth Vos

Writer and Associate Editor at Disobedient Media.

5 thoughts on “Assange Asylum in Jeopardy, ‘Marble’ Undermines Russian Hacker Narrative”

  1. The “test examples” in Russian aren’t in Russian. There are Russian letters there, but no recognizable words. There are phonetically incompatible combinations of letters in those non-words, and one of the most common letters of the alphabet (e) is completely missing.
    So what’s the game here?

  2. If the wrong people are elected around the world, we’ll have them severing our links to the internet.

  3. Yep the CIA hacked pedestals email for what? To escalate tensions with Russia? to elect a president who favours russia? To damage a candidate that was ostensibly for the empowerment of the intelligence community? Where is the motive?

    1. The Wikileaks of DNC and Podesta weren’t CIA hacks. You’re missing the point.
      Both of those were dumps by whistleblowers. The courier has come forward, though US media won’t vet his story. ( ) It would be easy to vet his story – Was he in D.C. when he says he was? Plane tickets? Hotel receipts? They won’t talk to him because they know they’re peddling bullshit.

      Why is all of this going on? B/c Clinton is a US Empire insider. She works with and for the East coast establishment preppy mafia that runs the predatory scams that are hidden from the American people underneath all of these foreign “police actions”. When Libya went from having Africa’s highest GDP to becoming a failed state run by infighting warlords, a whole bunch of wealth got transferred. Amidst the falling NATO bombs and the “fog of war” and the blind eye of the US press, thousands of personal fortunes were taken, and they ended up in the accounts of the partners of HRC. This is why she was paying Sydney Blumenthal on the side when, as Secretary of State, she wasn’t allowed to hire him. ( )
      Blumenthal’s email was famously hacked by Guccifer, because he egotistically used a crappy password and the revelations therein showed that HRC was conducting the people’s business off-ledger on her own equipment rather than in the public eye. And the rest is just a wild demonstration of how a deeply entrenched, secretly funded and voracious parasite (the US intelligence community) will stop at nothing to get their partner into the reins of power rather than some shitty reality TV oligarch who has never been a part of their ‘special secret club’.
      If you have children or grandchildren and want them to go fight and die for Empire, then by all means support the Democratic Party. If you want them to live in paranoia of a crazy, ill-tempered God, then support the Republican Party.
      If you want them to live to middle age, support the Green Party, the Independent Party, anything but the goddamn Empire.