Julian Assange

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Trump Jr.'s Messages to WikiLeaks Leaked

He responded to organization 3 times

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. privately communicated with WikiLeaks on Twitter before and after last year's election, receiving requests that ran from the reasonable to making Julian Assange ambassador to Australia. Trump Jr. released the exchanges on Twitter on Monday night after they were leaked to the Atlantic , which reported that... More »

Julian Assange Sides With Fired Google Engineer

WikiLeaks founder condemns 'censorship' over anti-diversity memo, offers him a job

(Newser) - The Google engineer who got fired for writing an anti-diversity memo won't be out of a job long if he so wishes. Julian Assange of WikiLeaks tweeted a job offer Tuesday, reports the Telegraph . "Censorship is for losers," he wrote , adding that WikiLeaks "is offering a... More »

New Name Surfaces in FBI's Russia Probe

The 'Guardian' says UK politician Nigel Farage is a 'person of interest'

(Newser) - The Guardian is floating the name of UK politician Nigel Farage as a figure in the FBI's Russia investigation. The newspaper reports that Farage—who was a big backer of Brexit, as well as a supporter of then-candidate Donald Trump—is a "person of interest" in the agency'... More »

'Total Victory' for Assange, With a Catch

Sweden drops rape investigation against him, but arrest warrant still out there

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped a rape investigation into Julian Assange, but the WikiLeaks founder will still face arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London that has been his home for the last five years. Swedish Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny asked the Stockholm District Court... More »

Old Chat With Manning May Be New Trouble for Assange

Justice Department is reconsidering criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder

(Newser) - The Justice Department has long viewed Julian Assange as a menace, but it might soon officially view him as a criminal. Federal prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the WikiLeaks founder in order to seek his arrest, reports CNN . The possibilities range from the most serious one of espionage to... More »

CIA Chief Has Vicious Words for WikiLeaks and Assange

'It ends now,' he warns organization

(Newser) - "It's time to call out WikiLeaks for what it is—a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia," CIA chief Mike Pompeo said Thursday, pulling no punches as he laid into the organization that President Trump declared his love for on the campaign... More »

Assange Taunts Losing Candidate in Ecuador

His place in the embassy appears safe for now

(Newser) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is celebrating the results of Ecuador's presidential runoff with a blast at the losing candidate who had pledged to evict him from Ecuador's embassy in London. Before the election, conservative banker Guillermo Lasso had said he would evict Assange within 30 days of taking... More »

Assange's Fate Will Be Decided by Disputed Ecuador Election

Ruling party candidate appears headed for victory

(Newser) - Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno looked headed to victory in Ecuador's presidential runoff Sunday but his rival refused to recognize the results, claiming he was the victim of fraud in what could set the stage for prolonged protests. The election in the small Andean nation was being watched closely... More »

WikiLeaks: We'll Help Defeat CIA Hacking Tools

Julian Assange says WikiLeaks will work with tech companies

(Newser) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his group will work with technology companies to help defend them against the Central Intelligence Agency's hacking tools, the AP reports. In an online press conference, Assange acknowledged that companies had asked for more details about the CIA cyberespionage toolkit whose existence he purportedly... More »

Assange: On Second Thought, Extradition a No-Go

Assange's lawyer says WikiLeaks founder wanted full clemency for Chelsea Manning

(Newser) - On second thought, Julian Assange won't be traveling to the US after all. Back in September, the WikiLeaks founder had said he would agree to extradition to the US if Chelsea Manning was pardoned, the Hill reports. Well, on Tuesday President Obama commuted the majority of Manning's 35-year... More »

Julian Assange 'Standing By' Promise to Surrender

WikiLeaks founder could be headed for US prison after Manning's sentence commuted

(Newser) - Is Julian Assange about to swap Ecuadorian embassy cuisine for American prison chow? President Obama commuted most of Chelsea Manning's sentence on Tuesday and the WikiLeaks chief appears to be willing to stand by his promise to go to a US prison if Manning is granted clemency. No US... More »

Inside Manning's Life in Prison

'Being me is a full-time job'

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning is holding out hope that President Obama will commute her 35-year sentence for leaking government secrets in his final days in office. While that decision awaits, the New York Times provides a look at Manning's life inside a men's military prison in Kansas. It begins at... More »

Trump Appears to Trust Assange Over US Intel

He's accused of 'mocking' intelligence officials who risk their lives

(Newser) - The American intelligence community had concluded Russia is to blame for cyberattacks during the US election, including those targeting Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disagrees. And in a move one Republican political consultant sees as "mocking American men and women who … put their... More »

Assange Breaks His Silence on Rape Allegation

'I am entirely innocent'

(Newser) - Julian Assange claims Swedish police leaked an accuser's account of a rape allegation against him in 2010 to paint him as a guilty party. Now, he's telling his side of the story publicly because "I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has... More »

WikiLeaker: Assange's Beef With Clinton Is 'Personal'

In BuzzFeed, ex-staffer writes about his 'strange, paranoid' world

(Newser) - WikiLeaks continues to release hacked emails that are causing headaches for Hillary Clinton, and the reason might stem from her public criticism of the whistleblowing organization back in 2010. When WikiLeaks released classified US documents back then, Hillary Clinton as secretary of state condemned the group, accused it of putting... More »

US Did Pressure Ecuador About Assange: Report

But the State Dept. denies it

(Newser) - Ecuador may be claiming its decision to cut Julian Assange's internet was all its own , but that's not the story some US officials are telling. Intelligence sources tell NBC News that the US government quietly communicated to Ecuador that Assange is tied up with Russian hacking—officials say... More »

Ecuador: We Have 'Temporarily Restricted' Assange's Internet

It doesn't want him interfering with foreign elections, such as the US'

(Newser) - Ecuador's government has acknowledged that it has "temporarily restricted" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published documents from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, the AP reports. The foreign ministry in a statement Tuesday said that while it stands... More »

WikiLeaks Says Who Cut Assange's Internet, but Not Why

Says Ecuador turned it off after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches

(Newser) - Things appear to be getting tense between Julian Assange and the Ecuadorian Embassy where he's been holed up since 2012. WikiLeaks—which sparked rumors of Assange's death with odd "dead man's switch tweets" Sunday — tweeted Monday that Ecuador had cut off Assange's internet on... More »

Weird WikiLeaks Tweets Spark Alarm, Death Rumors

But Julian Assange is reportedly alive and well

(Newser) - On Sunday, the WikiLeaks Twitter account tweeted out a series of odd messages: "pre-commitment 1: John Kerry," read the first, followed by a 64-character series of numbers and letters; the next two referred to "pre-commitment 2: Ecuador" and "pre-commitment 3: UK FCO" (the United Kingdom's... More »

Pam Anderson to Assange: Here, Have a Nice Vegan Lunch

Animal activist drops by the Ecuadorian embassy in London

(Newser) - Pamela Anderson is better known for PETA ads and sex tapes , but she's apparently branching out to delivering food to house-bound internationally wanted founders of WikiLeaks, reports the Telegraph . In London on Sunday, she tells the British Press Association that she dropped by the Ecuadorian embassy to visit its... More »

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