Marcy Wheeler


Marcy Wheeler, blogging under the pseudonym “emptywheel” at, discusses the 44 thousand emails the hacker group “Anonymous” procured from private security firm HB Gary Federal, in retaliation for being “outed;” the three security firms (HB Gary, Palantir, and Berico Technologies) that submitted proposals (indirectly) to Bank of America for solving their WikiLeaks problem through a disinformation and smear campaign against WikiLeaks supporters like Glenn Greenwald and David House; how the Department of Justice referred BofA to law firm Hunton & Williams – which then solicited the security firms’ bid and gave BofA plausible deniability; the same three security firms’ work with the Chamber of Commerce to infiltrate and discredit opposition groups including unions; why we should be suspicious of security companies that work as defense contractors and for corporations in the private sector; and how the CIA deals with employees who torture: promotion!

MP3 here. (19:48)

Marcy Wheeler, aka emptywheel, blogs at Marcy grew up bicoastally, starting with every town in NY with an IBM. Then she moved to Poway, CA, home of several participants in the Duke Cunningham scandal.  Since then, she has lived in Western MA, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and finally–for the last 12 years–Ann Arbor.

She got a BA from Amherst College, where she spent much of her time on the rugby pitch. A PhD program in Comparative Literature brought her to MI; she got the PhD but decided academics was not her thing. Her research, though, was on a cool journalistic form called the “feuilleton”–a kind of conversational essay that was important to the expansion of modern newspapers in much of the rest of the world. It was pretty good preparation to become a blogger, if a PhD can ever be considered training for blogging.

After leaving academics, Marcy consulted for the auto industry, much of it in Asia. But her contract moved to Asia, along with most of Michigan’s jobs, so she did what anyone else would do. Write a book, and keep blogging.

8 thoughts on “Marcy Wheeler”

  1. Hell, it should come as no surprise that they're trying to shut Glenn Greenwald up. He's one of the most influential, hard-hitting, and anti-Establishment bloggers out there. And that, of course, is why the powers that be despise him.

    1. One can not be on Salon and be hard-hitting anti-establishment.

      The list of topics Glenn won't cover is long and glaringly obvious.

      He failed to cover the unsolved crime of 9/11

      He failed to cover whistle-blowers being targeted by state secrets gag such as Sibel Edmonds

      etc… ad infinitum…

      Glenn is a most often a Johnny come lately in the news business, when stories go big which are critical, he jumps on and acts like a left gate-keeper reporting long winded blogs while often failing to cover the most pertinent details. And if you do like to read, his style has problems, the long essays are boring, then he follows with boring updates which basically turn off the interested reader and wear down their patience and interest. The format is not conducive to fact driven reporting nor to sophisticated readers.

      1. He failed to investigate the JFK assassination and the obvious israeli links to it.

        For intstance, JFK's demand that israel submit to inspections of the nuclear plant at dimona among many others….

        1. For "Leftie" and "Smithy":

          Glenn selects his topics.
          You can pick yours – the _missed_ ones – and develop your grandeur.
          So you can grow to be critcable. As for now you are both dwarfs.

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