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In Dumping Everything, WikiLeaks Spills Private Secrets

AP analysis find there's collateral damage to the innocent, vulnerable

(Newser) - WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children, and the mentally ill, the AP has found. In the past year alone, the radical transparency group has published medical files belonging to scores... More »

Sweden to Grill Assange Within 'Weeks'

Assange's defense team says it welcomes the move

(Newser) - Ecuador says it's ready to set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange —a potential breakthrough in the years-long international impasse over the WikiLeaks founder, reports the AP . Assange is wanted for questioning by Swedish police over a rape allegation stemming from his visit to the... More »

Assange Suggests Murdered DNC Staffer Was Whistleblower

Seth Rich shot to death in Washington last month

(Newser) - Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was shot to death in Washington on July 10 in what police initially said may have been an attempted robbery, per NBC Washington , though Rich was found with his cellphone, credit cards, and cash, his father tells KMTV . Almost a month later, Julian Assange... More »

WikiLeaks Is 'Working On' Hacking Trump's Taxes ... or Not

WikiLeaks denies claim made by founder Julian Assange

(Newser) - Hours after Julian Assange said WikiLeaks was "working on" hacking Donald Trump's tax returns, WikiLeaks denied it's doing any such thing, Politico reports. During an interview Friday night on Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher pointed out that WikiLeaks is releasing hacked material from the Democratic National... More »

Chelsea Manning on Prison, 'Terrifying' Power of Government

'It is very terrifying to face the government alone'

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning, currently three years into a 35-year prison sentence for passing information to WikiLeaks, gave an interview to Amnesty International in which she discusses the power of the government, her life in a military prison, and more. The Guardian has an exclusive excerpt from that interview, which will later... More »

WikiLeaks Voicemails Reveal ... Kid Talking About Elephants

And they didn't drop on Wednesday night

(Newser) - "WikiLeaks Releases Hacked DNC Voicemails," read the original headline on the Hill's piece, and many others like it on Wednesday. That's not exactly how it went down, as the edited Hill headline makes clear. What to know about the 29 voicemails included in the DNC dump:... More »

Assange Released DNC Emails to Damage Clinton

He won't say whether Russia was involved

(Newser) - In a twist that's strange even by 2016 standards, there is mounting evidence that Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin have been working together to undermine Hillary Clinton. Assange, a longtime Clinton critic, declared last month that "upcoming leaks" would damage the "liberal war hawk." At the... More »

WikiLeaks to Publish New Clinton Emails

Julian Assange promises more will be included in 'upcoming leaks'

(Newser) - Not content with WikiLeaks' archive of 30,322 emails and email attachments sent or received by Hillary Clinton's private email server? Julian Assange has good news. In an ITV interview, the WikiLeaks founder says more Clinton emails will be included in "upcoming leaks" on the site. It isn'... More »

UN to Britain: You Owe Assange Money Over His Detention

Panel cites his 'deprivation of liberty,' but London dismisses idea

(Newser) - A UN panel not only thinks Julian Assange is being unlawfully held in Britain, it wants the UK to set him free and pay him for his "deprivation of liberty." London thinks that's "ridiculous." Assange, meanwhile, said the ruling vindicates him—even though he'll... More »

UN Thinks Britain Is Holding Assange Unlawfully

But London says it will still arrest him if he leaves embassy

(Newser) - For Julian Assange, there's good news and bad news. The good is that a UN panel has ruled in his favor and found that Britain is essentially keeping him in arbitrary detention, reports the BBC . The bad is that London doesn't care and vows to arrest him if... More »

London Cops End $18M Wait for Assange

Police say they've spent almost $18M waiting for WikiLeaks founder to emerge

(Newser) - London cops have been staking out the Ecuadorian Embassy 24 hours a day for three years, waiting for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to venture out. That wait ended Monday as Metropolitan Police finally pulled the plug, noting in a statement that it was "no longer proportionate to commit officers... More »

Sweden Lets Assange Off Hook on Some Sex Charges

Statute of limitations has expired, but other rape allegations are still pending

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped two cases of sexual crimes against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because they've expired, but they'll continue to investigate accusations of rape against him. The Swedish Prosecution Authority says it has been unable to charge the 44-year-old Australian, who escaped a Swedish arrest... More »

France Fumes Over 'Unacceptable' US Spying

Summons US ambassador to Paris amid emergency meetings

(Newser) - Surprise: France isn't thrilled by claims that the US spied on its past three presidents , including current leader Francois Hollande, and has now summoned its US ambassador to the foreign ministry in Paris, reports the AP . Hollande, who calls the US spying an "unacceptable" security breach, held two... More »

WikiLeaks: US Spied on 3 French Presidents

Expect an angry response from Paris

(Newser) - A strange one, courtesy of WikiLeaks: The US eavesdropped on three French presidents, learning among other things that France was angry the US was eavesdropping on it. That tidbit is courtesy of a new WikiLeaks disclosure that the NSA wiretapped current French leader Francois Hollande and predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and... More »

US Rejected Osama Son's Request for Death Certificate

Because it actually doesn't exist, says exchange revealed by WikiLeaks

(Newser) - WikiLeaks released a boatload of new documents today, this time from the Saudi Foreign Ministry, and one item in particular caught the eye of the Washington Post . It involves an exchange between a son of Osama bin Laden and the US government over the al-Qaeda leader's death certificate. Abdullah... More »

WikiLeaks Publishes Stolen Sony Documents

Searchable database is made public

(Newser) - Remember when Sony Pictures got hacked and dribs and drabs of embarrassing emails were made public? Things are poised to get worse for Sony: WikiLeaks has published more than 170,000 emails and 30,000 other documents obtained in the hack, reports the Hollywood Reporter . They're all available via... More »

Sweden Gives In, Will Interview Assange in London

Swedish prosecutors need to speak to WikiLeaks founder before deadline

(Newser) - After a long battle to haul Julian Assange back to Sweden, prosecutors from that country have now acquiesced and say they'll go to him in London to interview him on sex crime allegations, the AP reports. Assange, who's been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in England since... More »

Assange: I'm Leaving Embassy 'Soon'

He says 2 years inside has taken toll on health

(Newser) - After more than two years holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, Julian Assange says he will be leaving "soon." In a press conference today—which the Guardian says left people "more flummoxed than enlightened"—the WikiLeaks founder confirmed rumors that he would be departing soon... More »

Things You Can't Buy With a Credit Card (Like Pot)

MarketWatch rounds up 10 examples where plastic is forbidden

(Newser) - Don't give up on cash just yet: There are plenty of items that remain difficult or impossible to get with your credit card, MarketWatch reports. Ten reasons you may want to keep going to the ATM:
  • Neither Visa, MasterCard, nor American Express will let you buy marijuana with plastic,
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How Climate Change Fueled Syria's Uprising

Drought created refugees who were 'willing recruits' against Assad: Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - Before the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, Syria was stuck in a four-year drought the UN reportedly called the country's worst in decades. In 2008, a US embassy cable revealed by WikiLeaks predicted potential mass migration due to the weather—and the cable was right. "By 2010, roughly 1... More »

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