I wrote an analysis on the Arsenal and Pegasus reports on the Bhima Koregaon case and explain why the case has completely collapsed as of today.

I also have found indicators on who has done the planting.

While you need some technical knowledge to parse the reports, the arsenal analysis is sound and strong.

All they have done is recover the filesystem logs and proved the following:
As to who did it, I found one indian actor coming out in the threat databases, who uses the same C2 server at least twice and one of them matches too close to the period, the documents were planted.

The actor's other targets indicate espionage operations. So most likely this is a mercenary operator, who uses Commercial Off the shelf malware and does some customization.

It is not necessary to know who at this point, the BKC case has totally collapsed.

All that remains is the courts and the watali judgement. Until then, I expect the BKC arrestees to be in jail.

This is the proud legacy of the SC, upholding not individual rights, but dishing out interpretations which are even harsher than that of the state on terror laws.

So don't get too excited about pushing for surveillance reforms. It is important no doubt.

But for immediate relief, litigation must focus on overturning Watali.

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This is interesting propaganda. Busting is too simple. and trade craft is hopeless.

Goals of this exercise:
1. Show support from Foreign media.
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OpSec failures are hence *a feature*.

The name thedailyguardian.com is chosen to rhyme with theguardian.com, a UK news web site which is critical about the regime.

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Here you see long term activation. Close to 10 months but just got activated for this particular information operation.

Building credibility is typically done like this.

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PHC's are also fever clinics. So you get exposure to the virus there as well. As to masks, not everyone wears it and PHC workers are exhausted.

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At 100 doses a day, vaccines are quite scarce.

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(Read Second Foundation, The Mule by Asimov to understand this).
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