Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

Getting Assange: The untold story

Source: OpEdNews
by John Pilger

"Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state's collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and 'rendition.' Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit Chelsea Manning had to endure. This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden. 'It's a laughing stock,' said James Catlin, one of Assange's Australian lawyers. 'It is as if they make it up as they go along.' It may have seemed that way, but there was always serious purpose. In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the 'Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch' foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally." (05/20/17)


Seth Rich, Craig Murray and the sinister stewards of the national security state

Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

"Why is it a 'conspiracy theory' to think that a disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails, but not a conspiracy theory to think the emails were provided by Russia? Why? Which is the more likely scenario: That a frustrated employee leaked damaging emails to embarrass his bosses or a that foreign government hacked DNC computers for some still-unknown reason?
That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? … We don’t know who killed Seth Rich and we’re not going to speculate on the matter here. But we find it very strange that neither the media nor the FBI have pursued leads in the case that challenge the prevailing narrative on the Russia hacking issue." (05/19/17)


Statement concerning Laura Poitras's film "Risk"

Source: Newsweek
by Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Demorah Hrbek, Ranata Avila & Melinda Taylor

"We are lawyers for WikiLeaks. We are speaking out because we believe that Laura Poitras’s film Risk, released in U.S. theaters on May 5 this year, places our clients in legal jeopardy. The film serves to undermine WikiLeaks just as the Trump administration has announced that it intends to prosecute its journalists, editors and associates. Our first issue with Risk is that the film was edited in New York, where the raw footage can more easily be seized by the U.S. government. By moving the editing location from Berlin to the U.S., Poitras has endangered our clients and reneged on written agreements with WikiLeaks that explicitly forbid her from editing the footage in the United States. …Poitras has also violated her unambiguous promise to the subjects of the film that they would have an opportunity to review the film in advance and request changes, and that they could decline to appear if they or their lawyers felt that the movie put them at risk." (05/17/17)


Did Seth Rich contact WikiLeaks?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"I’ve said from the beginning that 1) There is no convincing evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC, or fooled John Podesta into giving out his email account password, and 2) It was most likely an inside job. While it may be an overstatement to say that this latest story confirms it, it certainly calls the Russian conspiracy theory into serious question. Yet both the House and the Senate have launched investigations designed to prove 'collusion' between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — to say nothing of the FBI probe. Will the same attention be paid to the Rich-MacFayden correspondence? Of course not. The Rich family is denying that there’s any evidence their son was in contact with WikiLeaks: but their official spokesman — yes, they have one — is one Brad Bauman, a self-described 'crisis consultant' for the Democrats. Which is very appropriate, since these new revelations do indeed constitute a crisis for the Democrats, who have based their entire post-election strategy on a flimsy conspiracy theory that has been debunked by cyber-security experts (the ones who aren’t in the pay of the DNC, that is)." (05/17/17)


Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources

Source: Fox News

"The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, investigative sources told Fox News. A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report — generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich's murder — detailing the contents Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time. 'I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,' the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department." [editor's note: This is the original Fox story; as you may guess, various outraged denials have been forthcoming, etc. I decided to just post the story's point of origin and other angles until tomorrow's edition to grow legs, or not – TLK] (05/16/17)


Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The plot thickens

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of Bill and Hillary Clinton, the right-wing conspiracy theory project of putting every fatal heart attack and accidental traffic death in America on a constantly updated, Internet-circulated 'Clinton Body Count' list tends to make the rest of us cautious about just assuming skulduggery on the part of the Clintons and their associates in any given instance. Still, it can’t be denied that Hillary Clinton has, as what her husband called his 'co-president,' as a US Senator, and as US Secretary of State, proven herself to have both a sense of political entitlement and a distinctly murderous bent." (05/16/17)


WikiLeaks reveals two CIA malware frameworks

Source: Threatpost [Russia]

"WikiLeaks released details on what it claims are two frameworks for malware samples dubbed AfterMindnight and Assassin, both allegedly developed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The revelations come amid worldwide efforts to squelch variants of the WannaCry ransomware, an offensive hacking tool allegedly developed by the National Security Agency. The release is also the latest from WikiLeaks and part of its ongoing Vault 7 dump of leaks that began in March exposing CIA activities and capabilities. This latest release includes five documents that explain how agents might load and execute malware on targeted computers." (05/16/17)


Open letter to President Trump

Source: I am WikilLeaks Legal Defense Fund
by various signatories

"We are journalists, activists and citizens from the United States and around the world who care about press freedom and are writing to you in response to the latest threat of prosecution against WikiLeaks for its journalistic work. We ask you to immediately close the Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks and drop any charges against Julian Assange and other Wikileaks staff members which the Department of Justice is planning. This threat to WikiLeaks escalates a long-running war of attrition against the great virtue of the United States — free speech." (05/15/17)


Snowden, others urge Trump to drop case against Assange

Source: The Guardian [UK]

"Edward Snowden and Noam Chomsky are among those calling on Donald Trump to drop the US government’s investigation into Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. The pair — along with more than 100 other activists, journalists and government workers — have signed an open letter to the president that calls prosecuting WikiLeaks 'a threat to all free journalism.' The letter asks the Department of Justice to drop plans to charge Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members." (05/15/17)


Julian Assange offers James Comey a job because he "knows where bodies are buried"

Source: International Business Times

"Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has reacted to the shock firing of FBI director James Comey by jokingly offering him a job. He also warned the dismissal will be an 'extraordinary boon for transparency' as a tsunami of leaks is now expected. 'WikiLeaks would be happy to consider hiring James Comey to help lead its DC office should he like to properly investigate the US government,' Assange said. … The FBI director made headlines last week (3 May) after describing WikiLeaks [as] 'intelligence porn' after it leaked sensitive data from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Comey had brushed off the suggestion press freedom would be at risk should Assange be arrested by US authorities for publishing classified material." (05/10/17)