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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 »

Why Assange Won't Face Charges: 'NYT Problem'

If the Justice Dept. goes after him, it has to go after media, too: officials

(Newser) - Looks like Julian Assange is in the clear, at least as far as US charges over WikiLeaks go. The Justice Department has "all but concluded" it won't press charges, officials tell the Washington Post , and a big part of the reason why boils down to what insiders are... More »

Assange Calls Out Actor in 'Wretched' WikiLeaks Movie

Calls Benedict Cumberbatch 'a hired gun,' in January letter

(Newser) - The fight between Julian Assange and the team behind the upcoming WikiLeaks movie , The Fifth Estate, is apparently more personal than we realized. In a letter from January, Assange denies a request to meet with Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays Assange in the film, noting, "I believe... More »

WikiLeaks Leaks Script, Blasts WikiLeaks Movie

The Fifth Estate is 'irresponsible,' 'counterproductive': group

(Newser) - Julian Assange has made clear his distaste for the upcoming WikiLeaks movie , The Fifth Estate, calling it a "massive propaganda attack." Now, his site has launched a salvo against the film, revealing a script along with a detailed refutation of its storyline (not to mention some minor details:... More »

Teen Buys WikiLeaks Server for $33K—of Dad's Money

Needless to say, his dad called that off pretty quickly

(Newser) - Hoping to raise money for charity, Swedish ISP Bahnhof decided to put the now-wiped server that hosted WikiLeaks—and secret Iraq War documents—in 2010 and 2011 up for sale on eBay . Yesterday's winning bid on the Dell Poweredge R410, "complete with hard drives, motherboard and everything,"... More »

Manning Asks Obama for Pardon

Amnesty seeks clemency as longshot request submitted

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning has formally put in a request for a presidential pardon, though few believe the private formerly known as Bradley has any chance of success. When Manning was sentenced to 35 years last month for the biggest intelligence leak in American history, her lawyer said the request would include... More »

Assange Sings, Dances, Dons Mullet in New Rap Video

Wikileaks founder spoofs '80s rock song in surreal cameo

(Newser) - Is it possible Julian Assange is suffering from a touch of cabin fever after being cooped up in an Ecuadorian embassy for over a year? The Wikileaks founder, who is running for a Senate seat in Australia's upcoming election, has appeared in a satirical rap video by online comedy... More »

Bradley Manning to Live as Woman: 'I Am Chelsea'

Says she wants to start hormone therapy

(Newser) - Bradley Manning is no more. In a statement read on Today this morning, the Army private says she will live as a woman from now on. "I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," reads the statement, which is signed Chelsea... More »

Manning Will Ask Obama for Pardon

Tells defense team: 'It's OK ... I'm going to be all right'

(Newser) - With his 35-year sentence for leaking military secrets, Bradley Manning should be eligible for parole in seven years, reports the Guardian . But the 25-year-old is hoping for an even shorter stay: His defense team will formally ask President Obama for a pardon next week. The chances of success are right... More »

Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years in Prison

Prosecutors had wanted 60

(Newser) - Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his infamous leaking activities, according to multiple reports. He will also be dishonorably discharged and forfeit all pay and allowances, the Guardian reports. Manning will get credit for the time he's already spent in jail, which amounts to... More »

Bradley Manning: 'I'm Sorry'

Wikileaker apologizes during sentencing hearing

(Newser) - US soldier Bradley Manning took the stand today during his sentencing hearing for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks and apologized for hurting the United States and others. Manning gave an unsworn statement, which means he cannot be cross-examined by prosecutors. He began with an apology. "I'm sorry that... More »

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