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LONDON The passengers stepping off the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany, last month head straight for the passport-scanning machines that allow European residents to enter Britain quickly and without any human interaction.

A lone figure in a black hoodie and jeans breaks off from the pack.

Too many biometric details, says Andy Mller-Maguhn, eyeing the cameras on the timesaving devices.

He has come here, as he does most months, to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the worlds most controversial purveyor of government secrets. For most of the past six years, Assange has been confined to the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, fearful that if he leaves he will be extradited to the United States for prosecution under the Espionage Act. Ecuador recently granted Assange citizenship, but British officials said he is still subject to arrest if he leaves the embassy.

[Ecuador grants citizenship to Julian Assange in bid to end London Embassy standoff]

Mller-Maguhn is one of Assanges few connections to the outside world. He typically brings Assange books, clothes or movies. Once in 2016, he delivered a thumb drive that he says contained personal messages for the WikiLeaks founder, who for security reasons has stopped using email.

These visits have caught the attention of U.S. and European spy chiefs, who have struggled to understand how Assanges organization operates and how exactly WikiLeaks came to possess a trove of hacked Democratic Party emails that the group released at key moments in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange spoke at Ecuadors embassy in London on May 19, 2017, after Swedish prosecutors said they were dropping the probe into a rape allegation against him. (Reuters)

The three major U.S. intelligence agencies the CIA, the FBI and the National Security Agency assessed with high confidence that Russia relayed to WikiLeaks material it had hacked from the Democratic National Committee and senior Democratic officials. And last year, then-FBI Director James B. Comey said that the bureau believes the transfer was made using a cut-out, or a human intermediary or a series of intermediaries.

Exactly how the Russians delivered the email trove to WikiLeaks is the subject of an ongoing examination by U.S. and European intelligence officials. As part of their effort to understand the groups operations, these officials have taken an intense interest in Mller-Maguhn, who visits Assange monthly, U.S. officials said.

Mller-Maguhn insists that he was never in possession of the material before it was put online and that he did not transport it.

That would be insane, he says.

U.S. officials who once dismissed WikiLeaks as a little more than an irritating propaganda machine and Assange as an antiestablishment carnival barker now take a far darker view of the group.

Its time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a nonstate hostile intelligence service, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in the spring after the group released documents describing CIA hacking tools. In December, he doubled down on that assessment, describing WikiLeaks as a national security threat and suggesting that Assange cannot protect those who pass him state secrets.

He ought to be a bit less confident about that, Pompeo said.

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In an interview at the Ecuadoran Embassy last month, Assange insisted that Mller-Maguhn never possessed the hacked DNC emails and blasted Pompeos statements as very strange and bombastic.

Mller-Maguhn is more cautious. How many of you wouldnt be scared s—less by the head of the CIA declaring you the next target? he asks.

The 46-year-old hacker moves through Heathrow Airport like a man who knows that powerful governments are tracking his every move. A Washington Post reporter travels with him as he goes through passport control.

He switches off his cellphone, fearful that British immigration officials have technology that can steal his data. Mller-Maguhn could enter the United Kingdom with his German identification card but prefers to use his passport. The ID card has my address on it, he says.

A heavy-set immigration officer looks over Mller-Maguhns passport and stares for several seconds at a computer screen.

Why are you in the U.K? he asks.

Im visiting people, Mller-Maguhn replies.

The officer pecks at his computer. Necks crane to catch a glimpse of the man clad in all black who is holding up the normally brisk line of passengers headed to early morning business meetings.

After a few minutes, the officer waves through Mller-Maguhn, who is walking toward the exit when the officer remembers one last question.

Sir, sir, where are you traveling from again? he shouts.

Frankfurt, Mller-Maguhn replies.

And with that he is gone. Behind him, the immigration officer is still typing. The travelers who briefly took notice of Mller-Maguhn are back staring at their phones or marching toward their destinations. Mller-Maguhn heads for the Heathrow Express into London.

Into the embassy

The roots of Mller-Maguhns relationship with Assange trace back to his teenage years in the 1980s when his walk to school in Hamburg took him past the offices of the Chaos Computer Club.

The group embodied postwar Germanys anti-fascist convictions and the hacker undergrounds libertarian ethos. Now the largest hacker club in Europe, it bills itself as a galactic community of life forms independent of age, sex, race or society orientation that strives across borders for freedom of information.

Mller-Maguhn soon became a friend, confidant and adviser to the groups founder, Wau Holland. They were like a strange couple, said Peter Glaser, a club member, journalist and friend of both men. Andy was very young and behaved like an adult, and Wau was older and behaved like a child.

Mller-Maguhn later parlayed his interest in computers and surveillance into a business that he co-founded in 2003 making encrypted phones. He had hoped to sell the phones to journalists and dissidents but quickly discovered that military and intelligence agencies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East were the only clients who understood the technology and were willing to pay for it.

This was during the time I was following the path of capitalism, he said with a smile during one of several lengthy interviews in Berlin.

Mller-Maguhn spent 10 years selling the phones before leaving the company. You can imagine, I know really strange people in really strange places, he adds. These days, Mller-Maguhn says, he runs a data center that hosts websites and manages email for businesses. He also works as a security consultant, helping companies and governments safeguard their secrets. One of his clients is in China, a state known for its suppression of the Internet and its surveillance of dissidents.

By Mller-Maguhns calculus, the nominally communist government is less prone to violence overseas and less of a threat than the United States is. They dont have the wish to apply their standards to the rest of the planet or have others dance to their music, he says. So theres a big difference.

In recent years, Mller-Maguhns consulting and advocacy work has carried him all over the world, including Moscow, where in 2016 and 2017 he attended a security conference organized by the Russian Defense Ministry.

On his way into London for his meeting with Assange, Mller-Maguhn casually mentions that he is just back from a three-day trip to Brazil.

It was business-related, he says, declining to elaborate.

Mller-Maguhn hops out of a cab in Knightsbridge, a posh section of London thats home to Harrods department store, the Ecuadoran Embassy and Assange. On this cold December day, the stores are decked out for the Christmas season. Mller-Maguhn raises a camera with a telephoto lens and aims it at a building down the street from the brick embassy where Assange has been holed up since 2012.

The shutter on his Nikon camera clicks as he snaps a few shots, hoping to spot surveillance equipment pointed at Assange and the embassy. Women in fur coats rush by him as Bentleys and Rolls-Royces roll past on the busy road. Mller-Maguhn moves down the sidewalk to get a better angle, takes some more pictures and then slings the Nikon over his shoulder.

Farther down the block and closer to the embassy, he points up toward an apartment building where he suspects that the Spaniards, angry about Assanges tweets in support of Catalan separatists, may have set up a surveillance team.

Then he bounds up the steps of the building that houses the Ecuadoran Embassy, takes one last glance over his shoulder and rings the bell of the front door, where a guard immediately recognizes him and welcomes him inside.

Mller-Maguhn met Assange through the Chaos Computer Club in 2007 when the WikiLeaks founder was seeking support for his then-fledgling organization.

In those early days, Assange described his creation as a group committed to the mission of publishing original source material so citizens of the world could see evidence of the truth about global corporations and their governments.

Just past the doors to the embassy, a guard asks Mller-Maguhn to turn over all electronic devices: cameras, mobile phones, as well as his watch and car keys.

The last time, they even looked into the fruit I was bringing, Mller-Maguhn says. These guys have their job. They have their instructions. So I am not complaining.

Since WikiLeaks early days, Assanges circle of contacts has contracted significantly. Some allies, such as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who first invited Assange to the Chaos Computer Club and signed on as WikiLeaks spokesman, broke with WikiLeaks in 2010 after Assange released hundreds of thousands of pages of U.S. military documents without redacting the names of local Afghans who had helped the military and could be targeted by the Taliban. Other backers were put off by Assanges legal troubles and allegations of sexual assault in Sweden or his Manichaean view of the world.

Still others alleged that the group allowed itself to be used as a tool by the Russians in their campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Look, he has messed up with so many people, I have no idea how many people he has left as friends, Mller-Maguhn says.

Assange continues to fear that he will be prosecuted by the United States and as a result is afraid to leave the embassy, saying that doing so would lead to his extradition. The Justice Department is considering a case against him, according to people familiar with the matter. Several months ago, Domscheit-Berg said, the FBI sought an interview with him in connection with a long-running grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks publication of State Department cables. Domscheit-Berg said in an interview that he rebuffed the request. No matter the differences that Julian and I had, Im not going to talk to anybody about what happened, he said.

WikiLeaks is always just chaos

As WikiLeaks has contracted and Assange has retreated from public view, it has become harder for Western intelligence agencies to get a sense of how the group operates. An internal CIA report from November said the U.S. intelligence community has gained few good insights into WikiLeaks inner workings. The agency predicted that Assanges negative views of Washington would lead the group to continue to disproportionately target the United States.

Former WikiLeaks supporters say the group is governed by Assanges whims. The way to think of it is always just chaos, said one former WikiLeaks activist who spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer a frank opinion and avoid retribution from Assange. There arent any systems. There arent any procedures no formal roles, no working hours. Its all just Julian and whatever he feels like.

During the 2016 campaign, Assange put out word that he wanted material on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He was kind of asking everybody, Can we get something for the election? Mller-Maguhn recalls.

Assange signs off on all WikiLeaks publications but does not review everything that comes to the group. For security reasons, he does not want that, Mller-Maguhn says. Mller-Maguhn, though, is vague about WikiLeaks internal workings.

A former WikiLeaks associate said that Mller-Maguhn and a colleague oversaw submissions through WikiLeaks anonymous submission server in 2016 although Mller-Maguhn denies such involvement.

Asked to explain the submission review process, he replies, I dont want to.

The only reliable way to contact Assange, he says, is through Direct Message on Twitter. He seems to live on Twitter, adds Mller-Maguhn, who doesnt hide his disdain for the platform. On Twitter you follow people, and thats what German history forbids you to do, he says.

The size of WikiLeaks staff and its finances are also murky. Neither Mller-Maguhn nor Assange will say how many people work for the group or where they are located. It seems to be a rather small team, Mller-Maguhn says.

WikiLeaks has amassed a stash of bitcoin, a digital currency that enables anonymous, bank-free transactions. As of this week, the stockpile is worth about $18million, although in late December, with the currencys spike in value, the group was sitting on $25million, according to public online ledgers that record such transactions. Over the past several years, the Wau Holland Foundation, which was started in 2003 after the founder of the Chaos Computer Club died, collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for Assanges group.

Mller-Maguhn sits on the board of the foundation, which seeks to promote freedom of information and civil courage in various forms. He says the foundation has provided support for some of WikiLeaks releases, such as last years Vault7 disclosure of CIA hacking tools.

He describes the Vault 7 releases as a public service, adding that the CIA was messing up other peoples computers and making it look like someone else had done it.

To Assange, any suggestion that Mller-Maguhn may have served as an intermediary to deliver the DNC emails is a lame attempt by U.S. intelligence agencies to hurt the Wau Holland Foundation, which is a key conduit for tax-free donations in Europe.

The threat is all the more significant because the only other source of tax-exempt donations, the U.S.-based Freedom of the Press Foundation, has cut ties to WikiLeaks.

Mller-Maguhn says he cannot say with certainty what was on the USB drive that he delivered to Assange. How can I prove what was on there? he says. I cannot. But he adds that it would be risky and impractical to deliver sensitive files by hand, rather than through encrypted channels.

A classical walk-in? You saw too many movies from the 1970s, he says.

These days, Mller-Maguhn describes his visits to the embassy as motivated by an increasingly rare commodity in Assanges world: friendship. Assanges visitors include celebrities, such as actress Pamela Anderson, and politicians, such as Nigel Farage, a vocal advocate for Britains exit from the European Union, and Dana Rohrabacher, a GOP congressman from California.

When he talks to visitors, Assange turns on a white noise generator in the embassy conference room to counter listening devices. Above the door, he points out a surveillance camera and indicates that sensitive messages should be communicated only via handwritten notes, shielding the text from the camera with a hand or notepad cover.

On July 3, 2016, Mller-Maguhn visited Assange at the embassy to celebrate Assanges 45th birthday. Inside the brick building, Ecuadoran children, dressed in traditional garb, serenaded Assange with little guitars and pipe flutes.

As the children sang, Mller-Maguhns mind flashed forward.

I had this s—ty impression of me standing there watching 50-year-olds making music for us, and Julian would still be there, he said.

After about two hours inside the embassy last month, Mller-Maguhn emerges from the building, carrying his black leather satchel, stuffed with documents, and his Nikon camera. He quickly makes his way through the Christmas crowds and back to Heathrow Airport for an evening flight home to Germany.

He tries to minimize his time in Britain. I dont like to stay overnight in a country that is hostile toward me, he says.

Jaffe reported from Washington. Greg Miller, Rachel Weiner and Julie Tate in Washington, Karla Adam in London and Stefan Pauly in Berlin contributed to this report.

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Chelsea Manning, the transgender Maryland woman convicted of sharing thousands of military documents with Wikileaks, has filed her candidacy to challenge Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin in this years election.

Manning declared her intentions Jan. 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on its website Thursday. She is running as a Democrat.

Manning, a 30-year-old Oklahoma native, had previously lived in Montgomery County before enlisting in the Army and eventually facing a court-martial for leaking classified and sensitive information. She moved back to Maryland last year after President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence in the final days of his administration.

She is at least the fourth candidate lined up to unseat Cardin, according to state election records, but by far the most well known. Previously known as Bradley Manning, she has been held up as a heroic whistle-blower and denounced as a traitor for revealing information about military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and about detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Cardin, who served 20-year tenures in the Maryland House of Delegates and the U.S. House of Representatives before succeeding retiring U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes in 2007, is not considered particularly vulnerable to challenge.

He had an approval rating of 50% as recently as October, according to Morning Consult. That was around the middle of the pack for all senators and 2 percentage points higher than that of Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat who won the race to replace former Sen. Barbara Mikulski in 2016.

Cardins campaign had about $2 million on hand as of Sept. 30, according to federal campaign finance records.

Representatives for Cardin did not immediately return calls for comment Saturday.

Conservative news outlet Red Maryland first reported Mannings candidacy.

Federal election documents list Mannings campaign committee address as an apartment tower in North Bethesda. They do not show any campaign finance reports for Mannings campaign.

Manning could not immediately be reached for comment.

The day after Manning filed her candidacy, the television network Showtime announced that later this year it would air a documentary called XY Chelsea that follows her release from prison. Among the documentarys executive producers is Laura Poitras, who produced Citizenfour, a documentary about another famous leaker, Edward Snowden.

Manning has not discussed her Senate campaign on Twitter, but has recently weighed in on political issues there. On Tuesday, which was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, she stirred controversy when she tweeted … the police, and then, police kill hundreds of people every year with absolute impunity.

When U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided 7-Eleven stores around the country on Wednesday, she tweeted, so @icegov is literally the new gestapo.

She has written about transgender rights and bullying in columns published on the website Medium. Last year, she wrote a column for the Guardian opposing compromise in politics.

We need to stop asking them to give us our rights, she wrote. We need to actually take the reins of government and fix our institutions.

When another Twitter user criticized Mannings diatribe on police last week and said have fun never voting again, she responded that she was registered to vote despite her criminal record: state of maryland doesnt disenfranchise.

Marylands primary election will be held June 26. The general election is Nov. 6.

Dance writes for the Baltimore Sun.

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WikiLeaks shares full text of Wolff’s Trump book | TheHill

WikiLeaks posted the full text of Michael Wolffs explosive new book about President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for serious case of amnesia after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I dont want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE on Sunday.

The websites official account tweeted a link to a Google Drive containing the full text of the book.

New Trump book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. Full PDF: the tweet read.

New Trump book “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. Full PDF: https://t.co/sf7vj4IYAx

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The book has dominated headlines over the past week, with the White House saying it is full of lies.

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” claims that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon thought the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump files paperwork to transfer businesses MORE and a Russian lawyer was treasonous.

Trump blasted Bannons remarks, saying the former aide had lost his mind.

Bannon called Trump Jr. a patriot and a good man in a statement Sunday, adding that he regretted not responding to his comments reported inthe book earlier. He did not deny the quotes.

The book has also raised concerns about Trumps mental fitness. The president fired back at those questions in aseries of tweets on Saturday, calling himself a very stable genius.

WikiLeaks hasa long history with Trump. Trump Jr. corresponded with the site during the presidential campaign, and White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerKushner: Trump team working on Mideast peace plan unconventional, but perfectly qualified US attorney fired by Trump: Mueller team likely looking at everyone Additional Trump transition official identified who knew about Flynn’s Russia contact: report MORE also received emails about Russia and WikiLeaks before the election.

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WikiLeaks shares full text of Wolff’s Trump book

Provided by The Hill WikiLeaks posted the full text of Michael Wolff’s explosive new book about President Trump on Sunday.

The website’s official account tweeted a link to a Google Drive containing the full text of the book.

“New Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’ by Michael Wolff. Full PDF:” the tweet read.

The book has dominated headlines over the past week, with the White House saying it is full of lies.

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” claims that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon thought the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was “treasonous.”

Trump blasted Bannon’s remarks, saying the former aide had “lost his mind.”

Bannon called Trump Jr. a “patriot” and a “good man” in a statement Sunday, adding that he regretted not responding to his comments reported inthe book earlier. He did not deny the quotes.

The book has also raised concerns about Trump’s mental fitness. The president fired back at those questions in aseries of tweets on Saturday, calling himself a “very stable genius.”

WikiLeaks hasa long history with Trump. Trump Jr. corresponded with the site during the presidential campaign, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner also received emails about Russia and WikiLeaks before the election.

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WikiLeaks recognised as a ‘media organisation’ by UK tribunal

A British tribunal has recognised Julian Assanges WikiLeaks as a media organisation, a point of contention with the United States, which is seeking to prosecute him and disputes his journalistic credentials.

The issue of whether Assange is a journalist and publisher would almost certainly be one of the main battlegrounds in the event of the US seeking his extradition from the UK.

The definition of WikiLeaks by the information tribunal, which is roughly equivalent to a court, could help Assanges defence against extradition on press freedom grounds.

The US has been considering prosecution of Assange since 2010 when WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of confidential US defence and diplomatic documents. US attorney general Jeff Sessions said in April this year that the arrest of Assange is a priority for the US.

The director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, after leaks of emails from the US Democratic party and from Hillary Clinton, described WikiLeaks as a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. He added Assange is not covered by the US constitution, which protects journalists.

But the UKs information tribunal, headed by judge Andrew Bartlett QC, in a summary and ruling published on Thursday on a freedom of information case, says explicitly: WikiLeaks is a media organisation which publishes and comments upon censored or restricted official materials involving war, surveillance or corruption, which are leaked to it in a variety of different circumstances.

The comment is made under a heading that says simply: Facts.

Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been granted diplomatic asylum.

The tribunals definition of WikiLeaks comes in the 21-page summary into a freedom of information case heard in London in November. An Italian journalist, Stefania Maurizi, is seeking the release of documents relating to Assange, mainly in regard to extradition, and had lodged an appeal with the tribunal.

While the tribunal dismissed her appeal, it acknowledged there issues weighing in favour of public disclosure in relation to Assange. But it added these were outweighed by a need for confidentiality on the matter of extradition.

The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the US justice department have refused to confirm or deny whether they have discussed extradition of Assange.

Maurizi, likely to take her appeal to a higher tribunal, welcomed Bartletts acceptance of WikiLeaks as a media organisation but argued the tribunal should have gone a step further by pushing the CPS to confirm whether the US has lodged an extradition request.

If such a request were made, the UK would not be assisting the US to extradite a narco, a mafia boss, or a drug kingpin. It would being assisting the US to extradite a media publisher to prosecute him and his media organisation for their publications, she said.

The tribunal also looked at the destruction by the CPS of emails relating to Assange. It said the deletion took place when a CPS lawyer retired and it had been believed all significant case papers were collated separately from his email account.

The tribunal said: We conclude that there was nothing untoward in the deletion of the email account.

Maurizi had put in FOI requests for information relating to communications between the UK and Sweden, where prosecutors were investigating sexual assault allegations against Assange which have since been dropped. Supporters of Assange feared that if he want to Sweden, the US would seek to extradite him from there.

Maurizi also pressed for disclosure of any communications by the CPS and the US to extradite Assange directly from the UK.

Estelle Dehon, who specialises in freedom of information and who represented Maurizi at the tribunal, said that while disappointed with the overall ruling, she welcomed some of the findings.

Progress has been made because the tribunal accepted that the circumstances of the case raise issues of human rights and press freedom and also agreed that there is a significant public interest in disclosing the information, in particular to increase understanding of how the CPS handled the extradition process and its relationship with a foreign prosecuting authority, Dehon said.

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WikiLeaks faces U.S. probes into its 2016 election role and …

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are facing multiple investigations by U.S. authorities, including three congressional probes and a federal criminal inquiry, sources familiar with the investigations said.

The Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees and leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are probing the websites role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, according to the sources, who all requested anonymity, and public documents.

WikiLeaks published emails hacked from the Democratic Party and the personal email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign chairman.

In a report issued in January, the CIA, the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Russian intelligence did the hacking, and the GRU, Russias military intelligence agency, sent hacked data to WikiLeaks via intermediaries.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating who gave WikiLeaks the hacked Democratic National Committee data that WikiLeaks published in July 2016, which included more than 44,000 emails and 17,000 attachments, the sources said. So far, its inquiries are still at an early stage, the sources said.

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have asked Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law, for emails related to WikiLeaks.

The House Intelligence Committee has questioned Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump and a veteran political operative who promoted WikiLeaks disclosures of the emails on Twitter.

After initially refusing to identify an intermediary he dealt with who was in contact with Assange, Stone later told the committee it was Randy Credico, a left-wing comedian.

The committee sent Credico a letter asking him to appear voluntarily. When he declined to do so, the panel sent him a subpoena requiring him to give a deposition.

Credicos lawyer, Martin Stoller, said on Wednesday that Credico was considering whether to invoke his First and Fifth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution to avoid answering questions.

It is unclear whether Credico could help investigators uncover where WikiLeaks got the hacked Democratic emails.

In emails to Reuters, Stone has dismissed the intelligence agencies conclusion about Russian hacking.

It is not known whether Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is investigating WikiLeaks.

A U.S. lawyer for Assange, Barry Pollack, said Muellers team had not contacted him.

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, are conducting a criminal investigation into how WikiLeaks obtained thousands of classified U.S. government documents, including CIA materials and most recently ultra-secret technical materials describing American spy agency hacking tools. Law enforcement sources and Pollack said the probe began several years ago.

Assange has lived in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for several years after taking refuge there when Swedish authorities sought his extradition in a sexual molestation case.

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Syria Files – Wikipedia

The release of the files started on 5 July 2012.[5] The database comprises 2,434,899 emails from 680 domains.[5][6] At least 400,000 files are in Arabic and 68,000 files in Russian.[7] Media organisations working with WikiLeaks on the release include the Lebanese daily Al Akhbar, the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, the Italian weekly L’espresso, the German public radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) of the ARD consortium, the French information website OWNI and the Spanish website Pblico.[8] The New York City based multinational news agency Associated Press (AP) was initially announced by WikiLeaks to be helping with the release. The claim was withdrawn by WikiLeaks and an AP spokesperson stated that AP was “reviewing the emails for possible coverage [and] did not have any advance agreement on how [it] might handle the material.”[9] According to Al Akhbar’s analysis, the Syria Files “illuminateoften in small waysthe nature of power within and the inner workings of certain political and economic elements in Syria”.[10]Al Akhbar states its confidence that “the emails are authentic, that the senders and receivers are mainly who they say they are”.[10]

A hacktivist group of the Anonymous collective claimed credit for obtaining the emails and providing them to WikiLeaks. Anonymous stated that it had “worked day and night” in order to access computer servers in Syria and that “the data available had been so massive that downloading it had taken several weeks.” Anonymous gave the data to WikiLeaks because it judged WikiLeaks to be “supremely well equipped to handle a disclosure of this magnitude”. Anonymous stated that as long as Bashar al-Assad remains in power, it will continue “to assist the courageous freedom fighters and activists in Syria”.[11]

According to emails published by WikiLeaks on 5 July 2012,[12] the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica increased its sale of mobile communications equipment to Syrian authorities during 2011, delivering 500 of these to the Damascus suburb Muadamia in May 2011,[1][13] after the Syrian Civil War had started, and sending engineers to Damascus in February 2012 to provide training in using the communications equipment in helicopter terminals,[14] while the conflict continued.[2]

In May 2011, the public relations firm Brown Lloyd James sent an email to Syrian authorities “on how to create the appearance it is pursuing reform while repressing the uprising”, in Ynetnews’ description of an email[15] published by WikiLeaks on 6 July.[3] Brown Lloyd James advised that “Refocusing the perception of outsiders and Syrians on reform will provide political cover to the generally sympathetic US Government, and will delegitimize critics at home and abroad. In our view, the President needs to communicate more often and with more finely-tuned messaging and the First Lady needs to get in the game. The absence of a public figure as popular, capable, and attuned to the hopes of the people as Her Excellency at such a critical moment is conspicuous. The key is to show strength and sympathy at once.”[4][16] The company recommended a public relations campaign to “create a reform ‘echo-chamber’ by developing media coverage outside of Syria that points to the President’s difficult task of wanting reform” so that the “coverage [would] rebound into Syria”.[4][16] Brown Lloyd James also recommended “countering … the daily torrent of criticism and lies” by “[a] 24-hour media monitoring and response system [that] should be in place with assets in UK and US markets; [monitoring] social media sites and [challenging and removing] false sites; and a steady, constantly updated messaging document that contains talking points geared to latest developments.”[4][16]

Brown Lloyd James stated that the document was not paid for, was a “‘last-ditch’ effort ‘to encourage a peaceful outcome rather than violence’,[4] and that it was sent to Asma al-Assad, the wife of President Bashar al-Assad.[3]

On 8 July 2012, Al Akhbar presented an analysis of emails by President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad. Al Akhbar listed the main topics of the al-Assad’s Syria Files emails, and stated, “Viewed through the prism of the ‘Syria Files’, Syrias first couple appear to be occupied with their representative capacities, with ample time devoted to the state of the palatial gardens, renovations, the stationary needs of low-level employees, but also issues related to bolstering the couples image, be it via charitable efforts or through political favors. During the first year of the uprising covered by the emails in the cache, the official and unofficial correspondence of the First Couple and ministry of presidential affairs present only few references to the ongoing tumult…. But there is no real sense of tangible power on behalf of the First Couple present within the ‘Syria Files.’ What is revealed is only a faade, or perhaps fittingly, a brand calculated to cloak another system: the military-security machine, which remains as of yet tightly in control and far from prying eyes.”[10]

Syria Files examined by Al Akhbar show that after businessman Rami Makhlouf publicly claimed to respond to protestors’ demands by “repenting” from business, selling shares and investing his money and time in charity and development projects, he continued to invest in several banks during 2011 and 2012. In late January 2012, he bought about 15 times as much shares (by value) as he sold, buying S127,000,000 and selling S8,670,000 of shares, mostly in Qatar National BankSyria and Syria International Islamic Bank.[17][18]

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A 2016 email sent to candidate Donald Trump and top aides pointed the campaign to hacked 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 writer, who said his name was Michael J. Erickson and described himself as the president of an aviation management company, sent the message to the then-Republican nominee as well as his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and other top advisers.

The day before, WikiLeaks had tweeted links to what the group said was 678.4 megabytes of DNC documents.

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. CNN later corrected its story to note the email had been sent Sept. 14.

The message also noted that information from former secretary of state Colin Powells inbox was available on DCLeaks.com. That development, too, had been publicly reported earlier that day.

Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., described it as one of a ton of unsolicited emails like this on a variety of topics.

Futerfas said Erickson was unknown to Trump Jr. or the campaign. The message was one of thousands turned over to the House Intelligence Committee and others investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, emails that included spam and junk emails. Trump Jr. was asked about the email Wednesday, when he spent about seven hours behind closed doors answering questions from members of the committee.

The email was never read or responded to and the House Intelligence Committee knows this, Futerfas said. It is profoundly disappointing that members of the House Intelligence Committee would deliberately leak a document, with the misleading suggestion that the information was not public, when they know that there is not a scintilla of evidence that Mr. Trump Jr. read or responded to the email.

Futerfas said that he and Trump Jr. had been required to surrender their electronic devices during the interview for security reasons. He expressed anger that details of the session leaked out before it had even concluded. We are concerned that these actions, combined with the deliberate and misleading leak of a meaningless email, undermines the credibility of the serious work the House Intelligence Committee is supposedly undertaking, he said.

House Intelligence Committee officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The email came from a Yahoo email address. It is unclear whether the senders name is actually Michael Erickson. The author could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Donald Trump Jr. did not answer some questions during a closed hearing on Dec. 6. (The Washington Post)

In addition to Trump Jr., it was sent to a rarely used address for Donald Trump, as well as Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen and a Gmail account that had sometimes been used by Hope Hicks, who is now the White House communications director. It also went to several other Trump Organization employees, with the subject line Trump: Another Wikileaks DNC Upload.

Karoun Demirjian, Ellen Nakashima and Alice Crites contributed to this report.

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When first published Friday morning, the story, written by senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju and politics reporter Jeremy Herb, said the email was sent to the Trumps on September 4, 2016. It was corrected to say that the email was actually sent on September 14, one day after WikiLeaks made the documents public.

“CNN’s initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect,” CNN said in a statement. “We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email.”

In its updated story, CNN acknowledged, “The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.”

A CNN spokesperson said there will not be disciplinary action in this case because the reporters followed CNN’s editorial standards process, which requires review and approval of the use of anonymous sources. CNN says it does not believe that the sources intended to deceive the reporters.

Before the correction, the story — which relied on multiple sources who described the email to CNN — had been heavily promoted by the network. CNN devoted multiple segments to discussing it on air. It was also the lead story on its homepage for much of Friday morning and into the afternoon. During that time, CBS News also reported that it had matched CNN’s initial reporting.

But at 1 p.m. ET, the story unraveled. The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email in question, which CNN did not have, and reported it was sent on the afternoon of September 14 — 10 days after CNN had reported it was sent. The Wall Street Journal quickly matched The Post’s reporting and The Daily Caller posted a copy of the email.

CNN corrected its story at 3:45 p.m. ET. A network spokesperson said that as soon as the network had reviewed its reporting and independently confirmed that the story was wrong, it moved to correct it. CBS News also corrected its story.

Both Raju and Herb declined to comment through a spokesperson.

The error prompted Donald Trump Jr. to attack CNN. In a series of tweets, he characterized the story as fake news and went after the credibility of the network. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, also attacked CNN and CBS News.

President Trump responded to the error at a rally Friday night by thanking CNN for apologizing for it, though the network hasn’t done so.

Friday’s correction is not the first high-profile error in recent memory for CNN. Earlier this year, the network retracted a story about former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Three journalists, including the executive editor in charge of the network’s new investigative unit, resigned their positions after the publication of that story.

CNN’s error also comes on the heels of a major correction from ABC News. Last Friday, ABC News’ Brian Ross reported based on one source that Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that as a candidate Trump instructed him to make contact with Russians. That report, which ABC News has said was not fully vetted through its editorial standards process, was later corrected to say that Flynn was prepared to testify the instruction came while Trump was president-elect. ABC News has since suspended Ross for four weeks without pay.

CNNMoney (New York) First published December 8, 2017: 6:30 PM ET

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