Monday, January 3, 2011

Bank Of America Hires Carlyle Group Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton For Wikileaks Defense

So Bank of America is now working with Booz Allen Hamilton to defend itself against Wikileaks. I will quote a previous post in this blog to give some background about Booz Allen Hamilton:

Booz Allen Hamilton is owned by the Carlyle Group. Joan Dempsey, top assistant to CIA Director George Tenet, said "I like to call Booz Allen the Shadow IC." IC is short for 'Intelligence Community.' Booz Allen Hamilton has notable members including Dov Zakheim, who is(was?) a vice president there. Zakheim was the Pentagon controller when the Trillions went missing the day before 9/11, is a PNAC signatory, contributed to the PNAC Rebuilding America's Defenses article and is mentioned by some as a mastermind of 9/11 for his work as a CEO of Systems Planing Corporation which works on fly-by-remote systems for aircraft. It is also mentioned on several websites that Booz Allen was a client of Blessed Relief, the charity said to be a front for Osama Bin Laden.

From The New York Times.

By the time the conference call ended, it was nearly midnight at Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., but the bank’s counterespionage work was only just beginning.

A day earlier, on Nov. 29, the director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said in an interview that he intended to “take down” a major American bank and reveal an “ecosystem of corruption” with a cache of data from an executive’s hard drive. With Bank of America’s share price falling on the widely held suspicion that the hard drive was theirs, the executives on the call concluded it was time to take action.

Since then, a team of 15 to 20 top Bank of America officials, led by the chief risk officer, Bruce R. Thompson, has been overseeing a broad internal investigation — scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public, reviewing every case where a computer has gone missing and hunting for any sign that its systems might have been compromised.

In addition to the internal team drawn from departments like finance, technology, legal and communications, the bank has brought in Booz Allen Hamilton, the consulting firm, to help manage the review...

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