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Pardon me? Representative Rohrabacher's curious visit with Assange

Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

"Iconoclastic Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed that he had met Wednesday with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who still remains in his self-imposed five-year exile at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, afraid he will be subject to U.S. arrest if he leaves. The reason for the unusual meeting (Rohrabacher claims he is the first member of congress to meet with Assange), according to Rohrabacher’s office, was to glean information from Assange on the real DNC leaker with an eye toward assisting the president in fending off charges about Russian hacking in Washington, and to help the WikiLeaks founder leave the embassy a free man." (08/21/17)


Rohrabacher meets with Assange, who denies Russia was involved with DNC leaks

Source: Orange County Register

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Costa Mesa congressman Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday that Russia was not involved with leaking controversial emails from the Democratic National Committee during last year’s presidential campaign. 'He reaffirmed his aggressive denial that the Russians had anything to do with the hacking of the DNC during the election,' Rohrabacher said from London. 'He has given us a lot of information. He said there's more to come. We don't have the entire picture yet.' The emails disrupted Hillary Clinton’s campaign by fueling criticism that the DNC had taken deliberate steps to favor Clinton over opponent Bernie Sanders. Some believe that the criticism that Democrats had rigged the primary contributed to her loss to Donald Trump." (08/16/17)


Julian Assange, a man without a country

Source: The New Yorker
by Raffi Khatchadourian

"Assange’s physical universe for the past five years has been roughly three hundred and thirty square feet, comprising his private quarters and a few rooms that he shares with Ecuadorian staff. 'It's like living in a space shuttle,' a friend of his told me. Out of concerns about security, and also perhaps because paparazzi occasionally wait for him on the street, he rarely parts the drapes in the daytime, or stands at the balcony. He lives in a continuous state of hypervigilance, believing that the Embassy could be stormed at any moment. Shortly after he arrived, British authorities threatened to strip the Embassy of its diplomatic protections and apprehend him by force. Ecuador’s foreign minister responded, 'We want to be very clear, we're not a British colony.'" (for publication 08/21/17)


Vault 7: Wikileaks releases guide to CIA's "CouchPotato" tool

Source: Wikileaks

"Today, August 10th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the the User Guide for the CoachPotato project of the CIA. CouchPotato is a remote tool for collection against RTSP/H.264 video streams. It provides the ability to collect either the stream as a video file (AVI) or capture still images (JPG) of frames from the stream that are of significant change from a previously captured frame." (08/10/17)


Dumbo: WikiLeaks reveals CIA system to take over webcams, microphones

Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

"Details of the CIA's Dumbo project, a system that manipulates devices such as webcams and microphones on Microsoft Windows-operating systems, have been published by WikiLeaks. The program also corrupts video recordings, according to the leaked documents. The whistleblowing organization released the files as part of its Vault 7 series on the CIA's hacking capabilities." (08/03/17)


Wikileaks releases thousands of Macron campaign emails

Source: Telegraph [UK]

"More than 20,000 emails from Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign have been published by Wikileaks. The whistleblowing website released the trove of leaked emails on Monday as a searchable archive. It comes almost three months after the Macron campaign was hacked on the eve of his election. … The campaign has previously blamed Russian interests for the hacking and cybersecurity researchers have linked the attack to a group known as APT28 or Fancy Bears, the group believed to have hacked the US Democrats last year and which is often linked to the Kremlin. Russia has denied responsibility and the head of France’s cybersecurity agency, Guillaume Poupard, has said there is no evidence of Russian interference." (07/31/17)


Vault 7: New WikiLeaks dump details Android SMS snooping malware

Source: Naked Security

"Since launching its Vault 7 project in March, WikiLeaks has dumped documents outlining the CIA’s efforts to exploit Microsoft and Apple technology. In this week’s latest release, it focuses on malware called HighRise, which the agency used to target Android devices. WikiLeaks describes HighRise this way on its website: 'HighRise is an Android application designed for mobile devices running Android 4.0 to 4.3. It provides a redirector function for SMS messaging that could be used by a number of IOC tools that use SMS messages for communication between implants and listening posts.'" (07/14/17)


Assange: I urged Trump Jr. to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaks

Source: The Guardian [UK]

"Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has claimed that he contacted Donald Trump Jr and tried to persuade him to publish emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website. Instead, the US president’s eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his father’s Democratic rival. 'Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us),' tweeted Assange, who is based at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. 'Two hours later, does it himself.' Asked by another Twitter user to explain, Assange elaborated: 'I argued that his enemies have it — so why not the public?'" (07/12/17)


WikiLeaks hits Miami Democratic operative for saying he'd kill Snowden, Assange

Source: Miami New Times

"Evan Ross is a little-known but well-connected lobbyist in Miami-Dade County. He's also fairly active within the Miami-Dade Democratic Party: He's the former chair of the Miami-Dade Young Democrats and is now a precinct captain within the local party. He's used to operating behind the scenes and keeping a low profile in the local press. But Ross has now gone from backroom lobbyist to the target of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after the activist called him out by name on Twitter this weekend, sparking what Ross calls an online 'bullying' campaign. Assange highlighted the Dade Democrat because someone sent the Australian computer programmer Facebook screencaps of Ross threatening to kill Assange and whistleblower Edward Snowden." [editor's note: Looks more like blowhard BS than a credible threat to me, but good on WikiLeaks for outing the knucklehead – TLK] (07/04/17)


Vault 7: WikiLeaks dump reveals how the CIA can track your exact location

Source: Wired

"How many people specifically know where you are right now? Some friends and family? Your coworkers, maybe? If you're using a Windows laptop or PC you could add another group to the list: the CIA. New documents released on Wednesday as part of WikiLeaks' series of CIA hacking revelations detail a method the agency uses to geolocate computers and the people using them. The agency infects target devices with malware that can then check which public Wi-Fi networks a given computer can connect to at a given moment, as well as the signal strengths of those networks. From there, the malware compares the list of available Wi-Fi options to databases of public Wi-Fi networks to figure out roughly where the device is. The leaked documents detailing the project, which is known as ELSA, date back to 2013, and specifically address laptops and PCs running Windows 7. But experts say that the technique is straightforward enough that the CIA could have a version of it for every Windows release." (06/29/17)