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Newswire articleTuesday, March 07, 2017 Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools RevealedToday, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and…Read more Newswire articleFriday, November 25, 2016The Yemen FilesToday, Friday 25th November, WikiLeaks releases The Yemen Files. The Yemen Files are a collection of over 500 documents from the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Comprising of over 200 emails and 300 PDFs, the collection details official documents and correspondence pertaining to the Office…Read more Newswire articleFriday, October 09, 2015TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter – 5 October 2015Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Despite a final agreement, the text is still being withheld from the…Read more Newswire articleFriday, July 31, 2015Target TokyoToday, Friday 31 July 2015, 9am CEST, WikiLeaks publishes “Target Tokyo”, 35 Top Secret NSA targets in Japan including the Japanese cabinet and Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi, together with intercepts relating to US-Japan relations, trade negotiations and sensitive climate change strategy…Read more Newswire articleWednesday, July 08, 2015All The Chancellor’s MenToday, Wednesday 8 July at 1800 CEST, WikiLeaks publishes three NSA intercepts of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, together with a list of 56 National Security Agency (NSA) target selectors for the Chancellor and the Chancellery. It lists not only confidential numbers for the Chancellor, but also…Read more Newswire articleTuesday, June 02, 2015WikiLeaks Issues Call for $100,000 Bounty on Monster Trade TreatyToday, WikiLeaks has launched a campaign to crowd-source a $100,000 reward for America’s Most Wanted Secret: the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Over the last two years, WikiLeaks has published three chapters of this super-secret global deal, despite unprecedented efforts by negotiating…Read more Newswire articleThursday, December 18, 2014CIA Report Warned Assassination Programme Might Backfire WikiLeaks today, Thursday 18th December, publishes a review by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of its “High Value Target” (HVT) assassination programme. The report weighs the pros and cons of killing “insurgent” leaders in assassination plots. After the report was prepared, US drone strike…Read more Newswire articleThursday, June 19, 2014Wikileaks Publish Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services AnnexToday, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries and 68.2%1 of world trade in services. The US and the EU are the main proponents of the agreement, and the authors of most joint changes, which also covers cross-border data flow. In a significant anti-transparency manoeuvre by the parties, the draft has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TISA enters into force.Read more Newswire articleTuesday, June 17, 201459 International Organizations Call Upon UN to Remedy Human Rights Violations in Pre-Charge Detention of Wikileaks Publisher Julian AssangeBefore the United Nations this Sunday, 26 international human rights, fair trial, and jurist organizations, and 33 Latin American civil society organisations, condemned Swedens violation of the fundamental human rights of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has experienced protracted pre-charge detention stemming from a Swedish investigation which has yet to charge him. Mr. Assanges pre-charge detention has spanned nearly four years as US Federal Grand Jury prepares a criminal case against WikiLeaks and its officers.Read more Newswire articleFriday, May 23, 2014WikiLeaks Statement on the Mass Recording of Afghan Telephone Calls by the NSAThe National Security Agency has been recording and storing nearly all the domestic (and international) phone calls from two or more target countries as of 2013. Both the Washington Post and The Intercept (based in the US and published by eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar) have censored the name of one of the victim states, which the latter publication refers to as country “X”.Read more

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WikiLeaks Fast Facts – CNN

Facts:WikiLeaks is an organization that facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information through its website. It was founded in 2006 by Julian Assange, activist, computer programmer and hacker. Chelsea Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst who provided WikiLeaks with classified documents, was convicted of violating the Espionage Act in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Her sentence was later commuted by President Barack Obama. Timeline:December 2007 – WikiLeaks posts the US Army manual for soldiers dealing with prisoners at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay.

March 2008 – WikiLeaks posts internal documents from the Church of Scientology.

November 2008 – WikiLeaks posts a list of names and addresses of people it claims belong to the far-right British National Party.

April 5, 2010 – A classified military video is posted by WikiLeaks. It shows a US Apache helicopter firing on and killing two journalists and a number of Iraqi civilians in 2007. The military claimed that the helicopter crew believed the targets were armed insurgents, not civilians.

July 6, 2010 – The military announces it has charged Manning with violating army regulations by transferring classified information to a personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system and of violating federal laws of governing the handling of classified information.

November 28, 2010 – WikiLeaks begins publishing approximately 250,000 leaked State Department cables dating back to 1966. The site says the documents will be released “in stages over the next few months.”

November 28, 2010 – The WikiLeaks website suffers an attack designed to make it unavailable to users. A Twitter user called Jester claims responsibility for the attack.

December 1, 2010 – Amazon removes WikiLeaks from its servers.

April 24, 2011 – Nearly 800 classified US military documents obtained by WikiLeaks reveal details about the alleged terrorist activities of al Qaeda operatives captured and housed in Guantanamo Bay.

September 2, 2011 – WikiLeaks releases its archive of more than 250,000 unredacted US diplomatic cables.

October 24, 2011 – WikiLeaks announces that it is temporarily halting publication to “aggressively fundraise.” Assange states that a financial blockade by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union has cut off 95% of WikiLeaks’ revenue.

December 16, 2011 – Manning’s Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing that will determine whether enough evidence exists to merit a court-martial, begins.

February 23, 2012 – Manning is formally charged with aiding the enemy, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, transmitting national defense information and theft of public property or records.

July 5, 2012 – WikiLeaks begins publishing more than 2.4 million emails from Syrian politicians, government ministries and companies dating back to 2006.

July 30, 2013 – Manning is acquitted of aiding the enemy, but found guilty on 20 other counts, including violations of the Espionage Act.

August 22, 2013 – Through a statement read on NBC’s Today show, Manning announces he wants to live life as a woman and wants to be known by his new name, Chelsea Manning.

April 23, 2014 – A Kansas judge grants Manning’s request for a formal name change from Bradley to Chelsea.

January 12, 2017 – WikiLeaks tweets that Assange will agree to be extradited to the US if Obama grants clemency to Manning.

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I am WikiLeaks

Today, 28th of April, 2017, Courage announces publishing organisation WikiLeaks as its newest beneficiary. The announcement follows reports that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is now preparing charges against WikiLeaks members, in particular its founding editor Julian Assange.

The DOJ has been running an unprecedented and wide-ranging investigation into WikiLeaks for its publishing and sourcing work since 2010. It has involved paid informers, illegal interrogations in Europe and secret search warrants. Recently CIA Director Mike Pompeo called WikiLeaks a hostile intelligence service.

Offences cited through the investigation, and allegedly in the charges, include conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property. Recent reports cite Cablegate, the Iraq and Afghan War Logs and Vault 7 publications as well as WikiLeaks work in getting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum, as key to the investigation.

This is about more than one publisher. It is about press freedom more broadly and the steady erosion of the First Amendment in the United States. The Obama Administration prosecuted more whistleblowers than all presidents before combined, and ran the longest investigation into a publisher ever in the US with its WikiLeaks Grand Jury. It has continued to the point where Trumps Department of Justice has stated that charging WikiLeaks Editor, Julian Assange, is now a priority.

Courages chief demand is for the US to close the Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks and to drop any charges against any WikiLeaks staff. Courages campaign for WikiLeaks is launched on a new site, IamWikiLeaks.org, along with information on the continuing work of WikiLeaks and the actions taken against it. You can follow @CourageWL on Twitter for updates. Courage needs your help to fund WikiLeaks team of lawyers in multiple jurisdictions: https://iamwikileaks.org/donate

This is the first time Courage has taken on an organisation, as opposed to an individual, as a beneficiary. We are working to ensure the protection of all WikiLeaks staff, including Julian Assange, Joseph Farrell, Sarah Harrison and Kristinn Hrafnsson.

Because she is now a beneficiary, Sarah Harrison will be stepping down from her role as Acting Director of Courage and the Trustees will take on high-level managing decisions.

Julian Assange continues to be arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has asylum due to the US threats against him.

Courage Trustee and journalist John Pilger said:

In standing up for WikiLeaks, we are defending courage the courage of those who say no to the perennial bullies seeking a divine power over human affairs. Founded and led by Julian Assange, WikiLeaks has provided people all over the world with an armory of truth about wars and politics and the aims of violent, unaccountable power. This is real journalism and a principle of freedom so fundamental that its defeat would mean the conquest of all of us.

Fellow Trustee and human rights lawyer Renata Avila said:

What we are defending here is larger than Wikileaks: we are defending the ability of journalists and citizens, regardless of their nationality, to hold accountable the most powerful government in the World by exposing its secrets, uncovering wrongdoing, and keeping us all informed. The fight for press freedom is more urgent than ever. Will your voice be silenced? Or will you join us to tell them, THIS ENDS NOW.

WikiLeaks members have several lawyers in many different countries and jurisdictions, and Courage needs your help to fund them: https://iamwikileaks.org/donate

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What is Wikileaks? – BBC News

Image caption Wikileaks has established a reputation for publishing sensitive materials

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has dominated the news, both because of its steady drip feed of secret documents, but also because of the dealings of its enigmatic front man Julian Assange.

The recent release of thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables is just the latest in a long list of “leaks” published by the secretive site, which has established a reputation for publishing sensitive material from governments and other high-profile organisations.

In October the site released almost 400,000 secret US military logs detailing its operations in Iraq.

They followed hot on the heels of nearly 90,000 classified military records, which gave an insight into the military strategy in Afghanistan.

And in April 2010, for example, Wikileaks posted a video on its website that shows a US Apache helicopter killing at least 12 people – including two Reuters journalists – during an attack in Baghdad in 2007.

A US military analyst is currently awaiting trial, on charges of leaking the material along with the cables and military documents.

However, the site’s recent prominence is part of a longer and controversial history that started in December 2006, when it first hit the net.

Since that time it has split opinion.

Spotlight on ‘sensitive’ sites

For some it is lauded as the future of investigative journalism; it has been described as the world’s first stateless news organisation.

For others – particularly the governments and corporations whose secrets it exposes – it is a risk.

In October 2009, it posted a list of names and addresses of people it claimed belonged to the British National Party (BNP). The BNP said the list was a “malicious forgery”.

And during the 2008 US elections, it published screenshots of the e-mail inbox, pictures and address book of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Other controversial documents hosted on the site include a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures for Camp Delta, a document that detailed restrictions placed on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Many of these were uploaded to the website, which allows anyone to submit documents anonymously.

However, a team of reviewers – volunteers from the mainstream press, journalists and Wikileaks staff – decides what is published.

“We use advanced cryptographic techniques and legal techniques to protect sources,” Mr Assange told the BBC in February.

The site says that it accepts “classified, censored or otherwise restricted material of political, diplomatic or ethical significance” but does not take “rumour, opinion or other kinds of first hand reporting or material that is already publicly available”.

“We specialise in allowing whistle-blowers and journalists who have been censored to get material out to the public,” said Mr Assange.

It is operated by an organisation known as the Sunshine Press and claims to be “funded by human rights campaigners, investigative journalists, technologists and the general public”.

Since Wikileaks first appeared on the net, it has faced various legal challenges to take it offline. Prior to the most recent leaks, it said it had fought off more than 100 legal challenges successfully.

In 2008, for example, the Swiss bank Julius Baer won a court ruling to block the site after Wikileaks posted “several hundred” documents about its offshore activities. It was eventually overturned.

But more recently, the site has faced new challenges.

The private life of Mr Assange, its editor-in-chief, has been laid bare and it has lost key staff and supporters.

The site has also been targeted in a series of cyber attacks. Various firms – including web giant Amazon – have also terminated agreements to host the site and provide services to it.

In addition, companies – including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal – have withdrawn the ability that allows people to donate to the site. Its Swiss bank account has also been closed.

But it is not the first time that the site has faced financial problems. In February 2010 it suspended operations as it could not afford its own running costs. Donations from individuals and organisations saved the site.

Only time will tell, if it can do it again with many sources of funding now cut off.

Despite all of these setbacks, Wikileaks has largely remained defiantly online. It has moved its operations between various companies and countries. It has also encouraged volunteers to set up “mirrors” of the site – hosted on different servers around the world.

“[To] keep our sources safe, we have had to spread assets, encrypt everything, and move telecommunications and people around the world to activate protective laws in different national jurisdictions,” Mr Assange said earlier this year.

Throughout its history, the site has been supported and hosted by the Swedish ISP PeRiQuito (PRQ), which became famous for hosting file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.

“If it is legal in Sweden, we will host it, and will keep it up regardless of any pressure to take it down,” the ISP’s site says.

The ISP continues to host its most recent – and most controversial – documents.

The site also hosts documents in other jurisdictions, including France.

Its experience of different laws around the world meant that it was drafted to help Icelandic MPs draw up plans for its Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) earlier this year

The plan calls on the country’s government to adopt laws protecting journalists and their sources.

Its involvement in the IMMI gave the site a new credibility.

At the same time, it has grown and gained more notoriety.

The site’s rapid expansion – and the amount of material it has recently received – has meant that it has had to change its tactics.

In the past, it was able to verify and publish documents itself.

But for its most recent leaks it has adopted a new tactic – partnering with news organisations such as the Guardian, Der Spiegel and the New York Times – to help check and distribute the material.

“We take care of the source and act as a neutral intermediary and then we also take care of the publication of the material whilst the journalist that has been communicated with takes care of the verification,” Mr Assange said earlier this year.

“It provides a natural connection between a journalist and a source with us in the middle performing the function that we perform best.”

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“Ecuador suspended Assanges communication systems in March after his pointed political comments on Twitter. Assange had tweeted messages challenging Britains accusation that Russia was responsible for the poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in Salisbury.”https://www.theguardian.com//ecuador-to-remove-julian-assa

The bottom line here is that when Wikileaks emerged on the scene, having gained access (through relatively and widely perceived secure me…thods of anonymous whistleblowing) to the US-NATO’s and other governmental power elites’ secrets, its existence forced the NYT, Guardian and other mainstream media to have to choose whether their loyalties were to the truth and to their claimed professional ethic of investigative reporting, i.e. their raison d’etre in furtherance of transparency and democracy or whether their top loyalty was instead to their own imperialist governments’ power interests according to what Bernstein long ago revealed of incessant CIA and other government Deep State “Mockingbird” programs and how easy it is to buy up and control sycophant reporters who also make millions in profits from their governments’ wars of aggression and other corporate greed. The good investigative reporters like Risen et al, what few were left, were torn for a time, given this inherent conflict of interest. But over time have gradually chosen, like moths to the light, to gravitate to the interests of perceived Power-Wealth and to abandon their old investigative ethic, support for equality under the law and First Amendment freedom of the press.

This choosing up of sides took longer than some would have imagined given how controlled the MSM is and how pervasive the Pentagon’s, CIA’s et al’s “perception management” and psy-ops programs are. Perhaps some heads of the Press and Reporters Committee First Amendment champions were still struggling in their own minds to rationalize such overt abandonment of ethics for $$$$ and power or the simple recognition that their goal was hopeless but eventually the switch was complete. So unfortunately at this point, there is a valid fear that Assange’s days are numbered.

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The Top 100 Most Damaging WikiLeaks

1. What is WikiLeaks?

WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization created to protect whistleblowers andjournalistswho have sensitive materials to communicate to the public. They believe that transparent governments leads to better governments and less corruption. Led by Australian, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks was started 10 years ago with the goal of “opening governments” to help prevent criminal corruption. No information is leaked that could harm innocent civilians or those not involved in corruption.

2. Can we believeWikiLeaks?

In short, yes. In its 10 year history, not one singleleak has ever proven tobe false, something WikiLeaks prides itself on. If the leaks were false,everyone implicated in them would have immediately and aggressively denied their claims rather than simplychange the subject in speculating if Russia did it. For more hard proof within the emails, readthis source.

3. Is WikiLeaks related to Wikipedia?

No. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, WikiLeaks cannot. The only thing they share in common are their first 4 letters. According to their website, “WikiLeaks combines the protection and anonymity of cutting-edge cryptographic technologies with the comfortable presentation style of Wikipedia, although the two are not otherwise related.”

4. Why are they only going after Hillary Clinton?

10 years ago, WikiLeaks became famous for exposing elements of the Bush administration and the Iraq wars, and quickly became heroes to the left. This year, Hillary Clintonis being exposed because of the unprecedentedlevels of corruption throughout her history. Julian Assange, who is not necessarily pro-Trump,has stated thatif any controversial Trump material is found, it will be published. However, everything controversial they have has already been said by Trump himself, according to Assange.

5. Why is the media barely covering them?

Because almost 100% of mainstream media sources, as well as several prominent publishing news sources are implicated in the leaks in colluding with the Clinton campaign. These “news” sources (as you will find in the leaks below) have conspired to get Hillary elected, by only reporting anti-Trump smear pieces, manufacturing or exaggerating scandals, and hiding anything damaging to Hillary. Most are even donating big money to the Clinton campaign in order to keep the globalist status-quo. These revelations are the stories journalists dream of, butCNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, NewYork Times, Washington Post, Politico, Huffington Post, AP, and several more are all implicated in the leaks. This is why the media has been so one sided this election season, and why only 6% of people trust the mainstream media. Trump hasn’t helped with some past comments, but as CNN said here, the media is doing everything they can to help Hillary and give her a free ride.

6. Is Russia behind the leaks?

Despite Hillary stating at the third debatethat 17 intelligence agencies have said Russia is behind it, there is no proof that Russia is responsible for these leaks against her and the DNC. In fact, even Politico (who has been implicated in these leaks several times with Glenn Thrush) gave her claim a negative fact-check. There is no definitive proof, even from Hillary, only theories that it “could” be Russia. The reason for this constant claim by the media (as if it is 100% truth) is to pivot away from what is actually in the damning leaks and get your attention onto “evil” Russia. This immature approach by Hillary and the media, in conjunction with other recent foreign policy blunders, has led to extremely increased levels of tension with Russia, not seen since the Cold War.Julian Assange has strongly indicated that insiders in the DNC and US government are responsible for the leaks, including hinting at one DNC insider who was killed shortly after the DNC leaks. Regardless of who the hacker is, it does not take away from the validity of what is actually in the leaks.

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Timeline emerges as Mueller probes Trump, WikiLeaks, Roger …

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The special counsel Robert Mueller is asking witnesses in the Russia investigation whether President Donald Trump had prior knowledge about Russia’s plans to hack the Democratic National Committee, whether he was involved in coordinating the release of stolen emails, and why he endorsed Russia-friendly policy positions during the campaign, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

Mueller’s team has also asked about longtime Republican operative and Trump confidant Roger Stone’s communications with Julian Assange, the founder of the radical pro-transparency group WikiLeaks.

Mueller is tasked with overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor. Russia’s hack of the DNC and WikiLeaks’ involvement in disseminating the stolen emails make up a significant thread in the investigation.

In particular, NBC News reported, prosecutors are zeroing in on Trump’s public appeal for Russia to recover then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails during a July 2016 press conference.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said at the time.

Investigators are also reportedly delving into Trump’s decades-long relationship with Stone, as well as Stone’s contacts with Assange and WikiLeaks.

Stone told the House Intelligence Committee last September that he had never “said or written that I had any direct communication with Julian Assange and have always clarified in numerous interviews and speeches that my communication with WikiLeaks was through the aforementioned journalist.”

Stone was referring to radio host Randy Credico, who Stone said acted as an intermediary between himself and Assange.

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Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was in touch with WikiLeaks several times between September 2016 and July 2017, The Atlantic reported last year.

WikiLeaks first contacted Trump Jr. via a private, direct message on Twitter on September 20, 2016 to tell him about a PAC-run anti-Trump website, called putintrump.org, and asked him if he had “any comments” on who was behind it.

WikiLeaks also told Trump Jr. that it had “guessed the password” to the anti-Trump website, and told him it was “putintrump.”

Trump Jr. replied, “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around. Thanks.”

On the day he received that message, Trump Jr. emailed high-ranking campaign officials, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Jared Kushner, informing them that WikiLeaks had contacted him.

Kushner also forwarded Trump Jr.’s email to Hope Hicks, who was a spokesperson for the Trump campaign. She is now the director of communications at the White House, though she has said she would resign in the coming weeks.

Trump Jr.’s communications with WikiLeaks didn’t emerge until last year, but Stone has long drawn scrutiny, particularly after he sent out a series of tweets in 2016 that raised questions about whether he knew in advance that WikiLeaks was planning on publishing Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s hacked emails.

“Wednesday @HillaryClinton is done,” Stone tweeted on October 1, 2016.

“I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon #LockHerUp,” he tweeted two days later.

While WikiLeaks describes itself as a non-partisan transparency organization, it has been criticized for its apparently pro-Russia stance, particularly during the 2016 US election.

In addition to WikiLeaks and Assange, Stone was also in touch with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker said to be a front for Russian military intelligence.

Meanwhile, following its initial message to Trump Jr. on September 20, WikiLeaks touched base with him again on October 3 and told him it would be “great” if the campaign pushed a story about Hillary Clinton published by “True Pundit,” a conservative-leaning outlet that’s been known to spread junk news. According to the story, Clinton said she wanted to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Trump Jr. replied that he had already shared the story earlier that day, adding, “It’s amazing what she can get away with.”

He also asked WikiLeaks about an upcoming document dump that Stone had tweeted about a day earlier.

Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Donald Trump (R). Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

WikiLeaks did not respond to Trump Jr.’s question, and it ultimately published the first batch of hacked emails belonging to Podesta on Friday, October 7.

At a campaign rally three days later, Trump said he loved WikiLeaks. “It’s amazing how nothing is secret today when you talk about the internet,” he told the crowd.

He also tweeted about WikiLeaks on October 11, writing, “I hope people are looking at the disgraceful behavior of Hillary Clinton as exposed by WikiLeaks. She is unfit to run.”

WikiLeaks then reached out to Trump Jr. on October 12, telling him that it was “great” to see him and Trump “talking about our publications.” It also “strongly” suggested that Trump tweet out the link wlsearch.tk which he did, two days later claiming the site would help people search through the hacked documents. WikiLeaks also told Trump Jr. it had just released another batch of Podesta’s emails.

An hour later, Trump tweeted: “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”

“This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable,” Trump said the same day, at a campaign rally in Florida. “It tells you the inner heart, you gotta read it.”

That day, Stone admitted to having “back-channel communications” with Assange because they had a “good mutual friend.”

“That friend travels back and forth from the United States to London and we talk,” Stone told CBS’ Miami affiliate. “I had dinner with him last Monday.”

Trump again praised WikiLeaks on October 13, saying at a rally in Ohio that the content the group was pushing was “amazing.”

The Atlantic reported Tuesday that Stone was also in direct contact with the group that day, less than a month before the election.

“Since I was all over national TV, cable and print defending wikileaks and assange against the claim that you are Russian agents and debunking the false charges of sexual assault as trumped up bs you may want to reexamine the strategy of attacking me,” Stone reportedly wrote.

“We appreciate that,” WikiLeaks replied. “However, the false claims of association are being used by the democrats to undermine the impact of our publications. Don’t go there if you don’t want us to correct you.”

Two days later, on October 15, Stone reportedly wrote back: “Ha! The more you ‘correct’ me the more people think you’re lying. Your operation leaks like a sieve. You need to figure out who your friends are.”

President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak to a “USA Thank You” tour event, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

On November 9, 2016 the day after Trump won the election WikiLeaks replied, “Happy? We are now more free to communicate.”

The group later sent another message, saying, “FYI, while we continue to be unhappy about false ‘back channel’ claims, today CNN deliberately broke our off the record comments.”

CNN said the comments in question were not off-the-record because it made no such prior agreement with WikiLeaks before the conversation.

Stone said in a statement to NBC News that he had “no advance knowledge of the content or source of information published by WikiLeaks” and added that he had not been interviewed by Mueller’s team.

“I never discussed WikiLeaks, Assange or the Hillary disclosures with candidate Trump, before during or after the election,” he told the outlet. “I have no idea what he knew about them, from who or when. I have never met Assange.”

Stone’s relationship with Trump has also been of particular interest to investigators.

One witness interviewed by Mueller’s team told NBC News that investigators asked about what Stone’s interactions with Trump were like once he ended his tenure as a Trump campaign adviser in August 2015.

“How often did they talk? Who really fired him? Was he really fired?” the witness said, describing the questions they were asked.

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Roger Stone’s Secret Messages with WikiLeaks

On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump. In his interview with the House Intelligence Committee last September, Stone, who testified under oath, told lawmakers that he had communicated with WikiLeaks via an intermediary, whom he identified only as a journalist. He declined to reveal that persons identity to the committee, he told reporters later.

Private Twitter messages obtained by The Atlantic show that Stone and WikiLeaks, a radical-transparency group, communicated directly on October 13, 2016and that WikiLeaks sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won the election. The existence of the secret correspondence marks yet another strange twist in the White Houses rapidly swelling Russia scandal. Stone and Trump have been friends for decades, which raises key questions about what the president knew about Stones interactions with Wikileaks during the campaign. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The depth of Stones relationship with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange has been closely scrutinized by congressional investigators examining whether Trump associates coordinated with Russiaor anyone serving as a cut-out for Moscowto damage Hillary Clintons candidacy. Stone confirmed the authenticity of the messages, but called them ridiculously out of context and a paste up. He said that he provided the complete exchange to the House Intelligence Committee, but did not immediately respond to a request to provide his own record of the conversation to The Atlantic.

A screenshot of the exchange, which has not been previously reported, was provided to the House Intelligence Committee last year by a third-party source. The private messages confirm that Stone considered himself a friend of WikiLeaks, which was branded a non-state hostile intelligence service by CIA Director Mike Pompeo last April. Stone insisted that the messages vindicated his account. They prove conclusively that I had no advance knowledge of content or source of WikiLeaks publications, he said. I merely had confirmed Assanges public claim that he had information on Hillary Clinton and he would publish it. He also narrowed the scope of his earlier denials, saying that hed only denied having communicated directly with Assange, not with Wikileaks. Wikileaks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

I have never said or written that I had any direct communication with Julian Assange and have always clarified in numerous interviews and speeches that my communication with WikiLeaks was through the aforementioned journalist, Stone told the committee in his prepared statement in September. The full hearing was held behind closed doors and the transcript has not been made public. At least one lawmaker had already obtained a screenshot of the exchange before Stone testified, according to two sources familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

The correspondence raises questions about whether Stonewho served as Trumps lobbyist in Washington in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and had been encouraging him to run for president for over a decadehas kept secret any interactions that may be of interest to congressional investigators examining Russias election interference.

Stone also exchanged private Twitter messages in August and September of 2016 with a user known as Guccifer 2.0. Guccifer claimed in a posting on their WordPress site to have penetrated Hillary Clintons and other Democrats mail servers, but the self-described hacker was later characterized by U.S. officials as a front for Russian military intelligence. Stone only published that exchange after it was revealed by The Smoking Gun, a website that publishes mugshots and other public documents.

On the afternoon of October 13, 2016, Stone sent WikiLeaks a private Twitter message. Since I was all over national TV, cable and print defending wikileaks and assange against the claim that you are Russian agents and debunking the false charges of sexual assault as trumped up bs you may want to rexamine the strategy of attacking me- cordially R.

WikiLeakswhose Twitter account is run by a rotating staff, according to Assangereplied an hour later: We appreciate that. However, the false claims of association are being used by the democrats to undermine the impact of our publications. Dont go there if you dont want us to correct you.

Ha! Stone responded on October 15. The more you correct me the more people think youre lying. Your operation leaks like a sieve. You need to figure out who your friends are. Assanges internet connection was cut off days later by the Ecuadorian embassywhich granted him diplomatic asylum in London in 2012following WikiLeaks release of emails that had been stolen by Russian hackers from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podestas inbox. The morning after Donald Trump won the election, however, WikiLeaks sent Stone another message. Happy? We are now more free to communicate.

It is unclear whether Stone and WikiLeaks kept in touch, using Twitter or another platform, after the election. WikiLeaks continued to insist through at least last March that neither the organization nor Assange had ever communicated with Stone directly. Stone later identified radio host Randy Credico as the intermediary, but Credico denied that in an interview with The Daily Beast earlier this month. There was no backchannel to Roger Stone, and I think that his testimony was a lot of bravado, Credico said. Rogers a showman.

The substance of the messages does seem to corroborate, however, Stone and WikiLeaks denials prior to October 13 that they had coordinated in any significant way. WikiLeaks indicated that Stones claims of associationeven if through a backchannel, as Stone allegedwere false. But the screenshots do not show whether Stone and WikiLeaks communicated prior to October 13 or after November 9, 2016.

Democrats have asked GOP members to subpoena Twitter for the private messages of Trump associates currently under investigation in the Russia probe, according to one of the sources familiar with the internal proceedings. But the majority has so far refused. It is important to verify that information by subpoenaing the records directly from third partiesa step the Majority has consistently refused to take, said Adam Schiff, a California Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who is leading the committees investigation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As The Atlantics Julia Ioffe first disclosed last fall, WikiLeaks also exchanged private Twitter messages with Donald Trump Jr., who provided the correspondence to congressional investigators. WikiLeaks continued to message Trump Jr. through July 2017, actively soliciting his cooperation on ventures ranging from obtaining the presidents tax returns to appointing Assange Australias U.S. ambassador.

On July 22, 2016, just before the Democratic National Convention kicked off, WikiLeaks published thousands of emails that had been stolen from Democratic National Committee servers by hackers the U.S. intelligence community has since linked back to Russia. Stone told the Southwest Broward Republican Organization on August 8 that he had communicated with Assange and believed that the next tranche of his documentswhich Assange had hinted at in an earlier interview with CNN pertained to the Clinton Foundation. Stone soon walked that back, claiming instead that he communicated with Assange via an intermediary who he identified last November as Randy Credico. He declined to identify the intermediary in his interview with the House Intelligence Committee, but later changed his mind and claimed it had been Credico.

On October 4, 2016, Assange held a press conference to mark WikiLeakss 10th anniversary. The event had been hyped by supporters of then-candidate Trump, including Stone, as an October surprise that would completely derail Clintons presidential campaign just over a month before the election. On October 2, Stone told the far-right talk-radio host Alex Jones that he had been assured that the mother lode was coming. The next day, he tweeted that he had total confidence that @wikileaks and his hero Julian Assange would come through.

At his press conference, however, Assange gave no hints of what was to come, leaving his fans, and many of Trumps, disappointed. Still, Stone was not deterred. Libs thinking Assange will stand down are wishful thinking. Payload coming #Lockthemup, he tweeted on October 5, 2016.

The payload actually came two days later: WikiLeaks began publishing the contents of Podestas inbox, which had been infiltrated by Russian hackers seven months earlier. Stone told The Daily Caller on October 12 that Assange had delayed the email dump on purpose: I was led to believe that there would be a major release on a previous Wednesday, he said. He denied, however, that he had been given advance knowledge of the details and maintained that he was only in touch with Assange through an intermediary.

On the morning of October 13, WikiLeaks issued a clarification: WikiLeaks has never communicated with Roger Stone as we have previously, repeatedly stated. It was later that day when Stone confronted WikiLeaks in a private message, and accused the organization of attacking him. WikiLeaks did not seem fazed by the confrontation, and re-opened its line of communication with Stone on November 9. Fourteen months later, Stone visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has been holed up for more than five years.

I didnt go and see Assange, Stone told The Daily Beast last month. I dropped off a card to be a smart ass.

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Leaked Wikileaks chats reveal pro-GOP stance

Julian knows best. Except when he clearly doesn’t.

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No one can know the future, but man did Julian Assange really not have a clue.

The founder and publisher of Wikileaks is a controversial figure, and a series of leaked private chats published by The Intercept demonstrate that his lightning-rod persona is not just for the public’s benefit. Those chats also reveal several truths about the man, including the nugget that he thought we’d be better off if the Republicans won the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Which, well, yeah. About that.

That questionable assumption comes out of a private Twitter group that included Assange and some of his top online supporters. According to The Intercept, the chat logs run from May 2015 to November 2017, and were sent to the publication by the same person who created the group.

The Intercept got its hands on more than 11,000 messages, and chose to publish 16 pages of them online. A look through them gives us no top-secret bombshells, but does remind the reader that Assange is far from the master strategist.

“We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” the Wikileaks Twitter account which The Intercept says is “widely understood” to be run by Assange wrote.

“Dems+Media+liberals woudl then form a block to reign in their worst qualities. With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities., dems+media+neoliberals will be mute.”

The GOP, in the form of Donald Trump, did of course end up winning the election. And the Democrats, contrary to Assange’s stated expectations, haven’t really managed to reign in his worst qualities. Which, if he had been paying any attention to the Democrats during the Bush years, could not have come as much of a surprise.

So restrained.

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It seems that Assange was specifically concerned about what he assumed to be Clinton’s “greater freedom to start wars than the GOP,” writing that she “has the will to do so.” While far be it from us to call Clinton a dove, thinking the Republican party isn’t all about starting wars of choice is pretty goddamn rich.

And Trump, while thankfully not kicking off a brand new war since taking office (though he does clearly enjoy bombing Middle Eastern countries), sure does like to threaten the start of global annihilation.

Of course, the questionable comments from Assange are not limited to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In the leaked discussion he manages to throw around some transphobia, a dash of suggested antisemitism, and for good measure, musings about whether or not Clinton might have a stroke.

The excerpts of conversation are not exactly a fun read, to be clear. But they do help elucidate one key fact: Assange doesn’t exactly know what he’s talking about a fact we will now be reminded of every time the obviously restrained by Democrats Trump threatens to start World War III.

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