Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

UK: Regime tribunal orders Assange machinations kept shrouded in secrecy

Source: RT [Russian state media]

“A UK tribunal has refused to release key details on communications between British and Swedish authorities over Julian Assange, in an effort to protect the Crown Prosecution Service’s relationship with foreign authorities. An Italian investigative journalist’s attempt to pull back the shroud covering the long-running Assange case, which involves four nations and at least two government prosecution agencies, ended in failure earlier this month. Stefania Maurizi, of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, had her appeal to the UK First-tier Tribunal to obtain documents held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in London dismissed on December 12. The quest for further information could have also potentially uncovered any dealings between the UK, Sweden, the US and Ecuador — the latter being the nation in which Assange has sought asylum. It may have also finally addressed Assange’s fears that extradition to Sweden could ultimately pave the way for rendition to the US. However, in the appeal documents seen by RT.com, the tribunal agreed that if any such request exists then ‘disclosing it would tip off Mr Assange illegitimately and undesirably.’” (12/28/17)


Julian Assange’s Twitter account reappears after mysterious absence

Source: CBS News

“The official Twitter account of controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — @JulianAssange — is back online after disappearing from the social media platform overnight. It’s unclear whether the account was suspended by Twitter or deactivated by Assange. A Twitter spokesperson did not answer CBS News’ questions asking if the account was suspended but pointed to the company’s language on how users can deactivate and reactivate their own accounts. … The official WikiLeaks Twitter account was still live but wasn’t mentioning the Assange account. It later posted a reference to ‘oddities’ on Twitter and said Assange’s ‘physical situation at the embassy remains unaltered.'” (12/25/17)


Julian Assange’s official Twitter account not appearing

Source: CBS News

“The official Twitter account of controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — @JulianAssange — isn’t showing up. Instead, anyone trying to reach it gets this message: ‘Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!’ … It wasn’t clear whether the account was suspended or deleted by Twitter or Assange himself — or why or for how long. Twitter wasn’t commenting. The official Wikileaks Twitter account was still live but wasn’t mentioning the Assange account.” (12/25/17)


Ecuador: Regime confirms it will continue to host Assange

Source: Prensa Latina [Cuban state media]

“The Ecuadorian government has confirmed that it keep protecting Australian cyber activist Julian Assange, who has remained in asylum since 2012 at the Quito embassy in London, the Foreign Ministry confirmed today. The statement, issued through the Twitter account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, responds to comments on the networks about an alleged decision of the executive to remove the WikiLeaks founder’s status. ‘Attention! Given the rumors circulating in social networks, the Foreign Ministry reiterates that there is no change in the status of asylum for #JulianAssange. Ecuador will maintain protection as soon as his human rights are endangered,’ the Foreign Ministry reported on Twitter.” [editor’s note: Why Cuban state media? Because they seemed to be the only English-language source for this story when I noticed it, and I didn’t want to throw Spanish or Italian at you – TLK] (12/13/17)


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)