Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

Assange challenges CBS owners to $100k bet on accuracy of WikiLeaks claim

Source: RT [Russian state media]

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has challenged the owners of CBS to a $100,000 bet that the network’s story about the whistleblowing website alleged links to the Trump family is false. Assange lambasted the network on Twitter, calling them a ‘pathetic excuse for a media organization’ after they published a story claiming WikiLeaks offered Donald Trump Jr. early access to leaked documents in September 2016. … Broadcasters CBS and CNN ran the story claiming Trump Jr. and other members of the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump himself, were sent an email containing a website URL and decryption key that would allow them view unpublished WikiLeaks material in September 2016.” [editor’s note: CNN has since issued a correction – TLK] (12/09/17)


Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents that were already public

Source: Washington Post

“A 2016 email sent to President Trump and top aides pointed the campaign to hacked [sic] documents from the Democratic National Committee that had already been made public by the group WikiLeaks a day earlier. The email — sent the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2016 — noted that ‘Wikileaks has uploaded another (huge 678 mb) archive of files from the DNC’ and included a link and a ‘decryption key,’ according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. … The full email — which was first described to CNN as being sent on Sept. 4, 10 days earlier — indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available.” [editor’s note: The emails were “leaked.” Whether or not they were “hacked” remains an open question – TLK] (12/08/17)


Rohrabacher to testify in Russiagate/WikiLeaks witch hunt

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) will testify before the House Select Intelligence Committee this month about a meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in which the two discussed who stole [sic] emails from the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election. … WikiLeaks published the emails before voters elected a new president in November of last year. U.S. intelligence officials have said Russia was involved in the theft [sic] of Democratic Party emails and tried to influence the election to benefit then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Rohrabacher said in an August statement after he met with Assange in London that the WikiLeaks founder ’emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved.'” (12/05/17)


House Intelligence Committee subpoenas comedian to interrogate him about Assange

Source: Raw Story

“The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to subpoena New York City radio host Randy Credico, who is known as both a leftist advocate for the rights of people imprisoned under draconian drug laws and also an acquaintance to Roger Stone and Julian Assange. According to Alternet, Credico, who hosted a comedic political radio show on New York’s WBAI, has become a strange bedfellow in the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation due to three meetings he had with Assange this fall.” [editor’s note: I don’t see that he’s such a strange bedfellow. Who else WOULD a bunch of clowns subpoena if not a comedian? – TLK] (11/27/17)


Judiciary Senators: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks, Russia ahead of election

Source: The Hill

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday disclosed that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner received an email about WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. The two senators sent a letter to Kushner’s lawyer Thursday demanding additional documents from Trump’s son-in-law as part of the committee’s ongoing investigation of Russia’s election interference. In the letter, Grassley and Feinstein say Kushner received an email about WikiLeaks in September 2016 that he passed on to an official within President Trump’s campaign, in addition to communication about a ‘Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite.'” (11/16/17)


Correspondence revealed: WikiLeaks trolled Trump Jr.

Source: The Atlantic

“[Wikileaks] asked the president’s son for his cooperation — in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States. … The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long — and largely one-sided — correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community [claims without evidence] was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had [allegedly — no evidence yet] hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.” [editor’s note: The fun part of this “exclusive” is that The Atlantic‘s crack reporters are treating it seriously and don’t seem to have noticed that the whole thing reads like a trolling festival – TLK] (11/13/17)


UK: Prosecutors admit destroying key emails in Julian Assange case

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The Crown Prosecution Service is facing embarrassment after admitting it destroyed key emails relating to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy fighting extradition. Email exchanges between the CPS and its Swedish counterparts over the high-profile case were deleted after the lawyer at the UK end retired in 2014. The destruction of potentially sensitive and revealing information comes ahead of a tribunal hearing in London next week. Adding to the intrigue, it emerged the CPS lawyer involved had, unaccountably, advised the Swedes in 2010 or 2011 not to visit London to interview Assange. An interview at that time could have prevented the long-running embassy standoff.” (11/10/17)


WikiLeaks: CIA wrote code to impersonate Kaspersky Lab

Source: MINA [Montenegro]

“WikiLeaks says it has published the source code for the CIA hacking tool ‘Hive,’ which indicates that the agency-operated malware could mask itself under fake certificates and impersonate public companies, namely Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. The CIA multi-platform hacking suite ‘Hive’ was able to impersonate existing entities to conceal suspicious traffic from the user being spied on, the source code of the malicious program indicates, WikiLeaks said on Thursday. The extraction of information would therefore be misattributed to an impersonated company, and at least three examples in the code show that Hive is able to impersonate Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, WikiLeaks stated.” (11/09/17)


Assange confirms that Trump campaign contractor sought help from WikiLeaks

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A data-mining firm that worked for Donald Trump’s election campaign made an approach to WikiLeaks, founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday. The statement followed a report in the Daily Beast that Cambridge Analytica chief executive Alexander Nix made contact with Assange about the possible release of 33,000 of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. ‘I can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica [prior to November last year] and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks,’ Assange tweeted. He did not elaborate on the content of the request.” (10/26/17)


Dog bites man: Pompeo makes his usual idiotic comments on WikiLeaks, Assange takes his usual notice of the fact that Pompeo is an idiot

Source: International Business Times

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has clashed with CIA director Mike Pompeo after the high-ranking US official said he was ‘working to take down’ the whistleblowing website. Speaking at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) National Security Summit this week (19 October), Pompeo likened the anti-secrecy website to other examples of what he has dubbed ‘non-state intelligence services’ — comparing it to Hezbollah, Isis and Al-Qaeda. … After the director’s speech, Assange, from his personal Twitter account, hit back: ‘WikiLeaks = ISIS. The CIA hasn’t just jumped the shark here — it has gone into orbit.'” (10/20/17)