Julian Assange’s asylum in Ecuadoran embassy in doubt …

BUENOS AIRES The legal saga of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be taking a major new turn after Ecuador abruptly announced this week that Mr. Assanges asylum in the countrys London embassy now entering its sixth year is unsustainable given the Australians continued meddling in political affairs.

In an unexpected move that could impact the Russian election-meddling probe in the U.S., Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno has broken with the policies of predecessor and mentor Rafael Correa and signaled that Mr. Assanges days of refuge in the London embassy are numbered.

Facing legal woes originally linked to sexual assault charges in Sweden that he claims are politically motivated, Mr. Assange may have slowly but surely overstayed his welcome, Mr. Morenos foreign minister said this week, suggesting that international mediation may help get the Australian asylee out of the mission in the posh Knightsbridge neighborhood.

We have an enormous interest in achieving a definitive solution for the Assange case, said Maria Fernanda Espinosa on Wednesday in Quito Ecuadors capital. To make that happen, we are in permanent dialogue with the government of the United Kingdom, and we are exploring various options to find a way out of this situation.

While Mr. Assange has found sanctuary in embassy, WikiLeaks, the organization he founded, has found itself at the center of the probe into whether the Kremlin tried to swing the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump. The group made public thousands of sensitive internal emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign in the summer of 2016. Mr. Assange has denied he worked with Russian intelligence on the release of the hacked correspondence.

Negotiations led by a third country or a respected statesman, Ms. Espinosa said, could help solve the stalemate in London, insisting that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.

Mr. Assange originally sought refuge in the embassy building in 2012 to evade a European arrest warrant issued for the Swedish prosecution. Though that investigation has since been dropped, he continues to face a separate British warrant for skipping bail.

The 46-year-old activist and his supporters contend that all attempts to take him into custody are ultimately aimed at extraditing Mr. Assange to the United States to face charges over the massive 2010 leaks of classified U.S. diplomatic cables a claim bolstered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent comments that getting access to Mr. Assange is considered a priority for U.S. investigators.

Ecuador, meanwhile, had long maintained it agreed to protect Mr. Assange from what is considers politically motivated prosecution. But while its foreign minister voiced concern for Mr. Assanges physical and psychological integrity, analysts noted that her overture marks a clear departure from the longstanding fierce defense of the hacker especially coming from Ms. Espinosa, a political holdover from the leftist Correa administration.

She was one of the promoters of this anti-American [and] anti-OAS rhetoric, said Santiago Basabe of the Latin American Social Sciences Institute in Quito. In this context, Assange served as the calling card of what Correa wanted to do on the international scene.

Correa and Assange

In fact, the former president an unquestioning ally and personal friend of the Venezuelas late anti-U.S. populist leader Hugo Chavez closely linked his own political fate to that of Mr. Assange, whom he had granted asylum within weeks of his showing up at the London embassy.

If you agreed with Correas government and Correa, you had to agree with [his handling of] the Assange case. And if you opposed Correa, you were against Assange, Mr. Basabe said. So the countrys internal polarization fundamentally served Assange, while Correa used it in an intelligent way, in political and electoral terms, by portraying Assange as persecuted, as a victim of the [American] empire.

The link was so tight that some 6,000 miles from Ecuadoran territory, Mr. Assange quite openly backed Mr. Moreno then Mr. Correas handpicked successor in last years presidential election. Opposition challenger Guillermo Lasso, by contrast, promised voters he would expel the WikiLeaks leader within 30 days of taking office.

I cordially invite Mr. Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days, Mr. Assange predictably retorted on Twitter after the candidates narrow defeat, earning a first rebuke from Mr. Moreno, who made it clear he preferred for the outspoken non-citizen to stay out of domestic politics.

Nevertheless, the WikiLeaks founders running commentary continued to irk the new Ecuadoran president, especially as Mr. Moreno increasingly distanced himself from Mr. Correa, whose leftist economic vision he sought to replace with closer ties to the countrys European and American trading partners.

Mr. Assange has not exactly been a model guest, finding it hard to stay quiet.

In the wake of Catalonias polarizing bid to secede from Spain late last year, Mr. Assange mused on social media that the breakaway regions fit men represented a force which if rallied vastly eclipses the available capacities of Spains police [and] army. Mr. Moreno assured Madrid that he had made the hacker promise in writing to keep his future thoughts to himself.

We have reminded him that his condition of asylum does not allow him to intervene in Ecuadoran or international politics, the president told the Spanish newspaper ABC. We have asked him not to talk about the topic of Catalonia. If he does, we will know to respond.

Seeking to improve on the sometimes testy relations Mr. Correa had with the U.S., Mr. Moreno likely also wants to avoid similar Assange ripples in relations with Washington Quitos top trading partner by far. And ending the politically costly asylum offered to Mr. Assange could serve as an opening salvo for a more balanced foreign policy in the region, Mr. Basabe said, in particular in moving away from the tilt toward the struggling leftist government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Even more urgently, though, Mr. Moreno wants Mr. Assange to stop hovering in the background on the domestic front where he is pushing a Feb. 4 referendum that will likely reinstate term limits and if successful would further constrain what is left of the political clout of his estranged predecessor.

This means that Correa, at least in the short and medium terms, would be left out of the electoral arena, Mr. Basabe said. And combined with the internal tensions, it makes for an uncomfortable, unfavorable scene for Mr. Assange.

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Kodak launches cryptocurrency, stock pops 125%

The century-old camera brand said Tuesday it is investing in blockchain technology and plans to launch a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” called KODAKCoin.

Kodak (KODK)’s stock surged as much as 125% in trading after the announcement.

With the price of Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple and other digital currencies skyrocketing, an eclectic mix of small, unrelated businesses has attempted to ride the wave of investor interest by teasing cryptocurrency pivots.

Long Island Iced Tea Corp. changed its name to Long Blockchain Corp (LBCC). Bioptyx rebranded as Riot Blockchain (RIOT) and shifted its business model from biotech to bitcoin. Rich Cigars, a tobacco company, and Vapetek, an e-cigarette firm, each declared they were suddenly blockchain businesses.

Related: I bought $250 in bitcoin. Here’s what I learned

Investors have generally reacted to these announcements by sending the stocks soaring. However, Kodak framed the move as being about more than profiting off a buzzword.

“For many in the tech industry, ‘blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are hot buzzwords,” Jeff Clarke, Kodak’s CEO, said in a statement. “But for photographers who’ve long struggled to assert control over their work and how it’s used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem.”

Kodak says it will use the blockchain, essentially a digital ledger, for a new platform called KODAKOne to help photographers manage image rights. KODAKCoin will be used for transactions when photographers license their work.

The Kodak news was quickly met with sarcasm on social media. As one reporter joked on Twitter (TWTR), it may only be a matter of time before we see the launch of “PolaroidCOIN” and “SearsCOIN.”

— CNNMoney’s Paul R. La Monica contributed to this report.

CNNMoney (New York) First published January 9, 2018: 2:06 PM ET

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Chelsea Manning tweets ‘F*** the police’ on Law Enforcement …


January 9th is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and to mark the occasion, convicted spy Chelsea Manning took to Twitter to send the following message:

Manning pleaded guilty to espionage and theft in 2013 after releasing classified military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

In his final days in office, President Barack Obama commuted Mannings remaining sentence saying the original sentence was very disproportionate relative to what other leakers have received.

Lets be clear, Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence, President Obama said during his final press conference. The notion that the average person who is thinking about exposing vital classified information will think that it goes unpunished; I dont think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.

Manning ultimately served a little over three years of the original sentence.

Manning his lived in Maryland. since May 2017

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India’s Aadhaar open for abuse: Edward Snowden

NEW DELHI: Whistleblower Edward Snowden has become the latest to raise alarm about the vulnerability of the Aadhaar database, a day after the Tribune newspaper reported that an administrator login ID and password to gain access to the UID portal could be acquired for as little as Rs 500.

Retweeting CBS journalist Zack Whittaker’s response on a BuzzFeed report on the breach of Aadhaar database in India, Snowden said, “It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse.”

Whittaker had earlier said, “ICYMI. India has a national ID database with the private information of nearly 1.2 billion nationals. It has reportedly been breached. Admin accounts can be made and access can be sold to the database, reports BuzzFeed.”

On Thursday, The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administers the Aadhaar project, defended the system’s security protocols and rejected a report about the ease with which the system can be infiltrated and demographic data accessed.

“Claims of bypassing or duping the Aadhaar enrolment system are totally unfounded,” UIDAI said in a press release. “Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and has robust uncompromised security. The UIDAI data centres are infrastructure of critical importance and is protected accordingly with high technology conforming to the best standards of security and also by legal provisions.”

Snowden a former CIA contractor leaked classified government documents to expose the US National Security Agency’s internet and phone surveillance in 2013. He has been since living in exile.

According to the Tribune report, whoever had administrator login ID and password would get access to demographic details of Aadhaar holders. The report also alleged there were around 100,000 illegal users and that the racket might have started six months ago. ET has not been able to verify the authenticity of the report.

The UIDAI said it had provided the search facility for the purpose of grievance redressal to designated personnel and state government officials to help Aadhaar holders by entering the ID or enrollment number, such as updating addresses.

“UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action taken,” it said. “The reported case appears to be instance of misuse of the grievance redressal search facility. As UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility, the legal action including lodging of FIR against the persons involved in the instant case is being done.”

It also added that “mere display of demographic information cannot be misused without biometrics.”

Experts said that even though biometric details may not have been accessed, leaking of demographic details was a substantial breach in itself and have called for a review of the security practices of Aadhaar.

(ANI contributed to this report.)

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Julian Assange’s stay in London embassy untenable, says …

Ecuadors foreign minister has said Julian Assanges five-and-a-half-year stay in her countrys London embassy is untenable and should be ended through international mediation.

The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in Knightsbridge since the summer of 2012, when he faced the prospect of extradition to Sweden over claims that he sexually assaulted two women. He denies the accusations.

Swedish prosecutors last year unexpectedly dropped their investigation into the allegations, which included a claim of rape. But Assange still faces arrest for breaching bail conditions if he steps outside the embassy and WikiLeaks has voiced fears that the US will seek his extradition and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest.

WikiLeaks publications have included hundreds of thousands of US army war logs and state department diplomatic cables and more recently emails from the Democratic National Committee during the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election. The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said last May that Assanges arrest was now a priority.

Ecuadors foreign minister, Mara Fernanda Espinosa, said her country was now seeking a third country or a personality to mediate a final settlement with the UK to resolve the impasse and said it was considering and exploring the possibility of mediation.

No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out, she told foreign correspondents in Quito, according to Agence France-Presse.

Assange, who has received numerous visitors to his modest quarters in the embassy, ranging from Nigel Farage to Lady Gaga, has described the period since his initial arrest as a terrible injustice. Not being able to see his children grow up was not something I can forgive, he said.

For several years, Metropolitan police officers maintained a constant watch of the embassy, which is situated behind Harrods in central London, at a cost of at least 11.1m, according to figures released by Scotland Yard in June 2015. Four months later, police lifted the round-the-clock guard on the basis it was no longer proportionate.

A United Nations panel concluded in 2016 that Assange was under arbitrary detention.

On Tuesday evening, a lawyer for Assange appeared to welcome Ecuadors proposal. He said his client had a right to asylum and argued that the risk of him being persecuted in the US had escalated further in recent months under the Trump administrations war on WikiLeaks and that the investigation in Sweden had twice been discontinued.

If the UK wishes to show that it is a nation that respects its human rights obligations and commitments to the United Nations, it is time for Mr Assange to be allowed to enjoy his right to liberty, and fundamental right to protection against persecution in the United States, she said.

A spokesperson for the UK government said: The government of Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.

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Bradley Manning: Whistle-blower or traitor? He awaits judge’s …

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Or is he, as the prosecution contends, a traitor who leaked classified material to WikiLeaks that he knew could assist terrorists?

But Manning refused to plead guilty to the most serious allegations, including that of aiding enemies of the United States — a charge that falls under the Espionage Act and carries a sentence of life in prison, if convicted.

As the soldier sits in a military prison cell at Maryland’s Fort Meade awaiting word of his fate, questions remain about what damage his actions caused to U.S. intelligence gathering.

The answer depends on who is doing in the talking.

But Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, told the court Friday that despite claims that the leaks harmed national security, the Army did not make any major changes to its operation.

It’s a sentiment that has been echoed publicly by his supporters.

“They really have not reported any great impact. More embarrassment than anything else,” Kevin Zeese of the Bradley Manning Support Network, an online group that supports the soldier’s actions and has been raising funds for his legal defense.

Embarrassing or not, the publication of the leaks rocked the U.S. government, with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying the release of the material threatened the lives of Americans and damaged foreign relationships.

Prosecution witnesses have testified Manning downloaded and leaked 400,000 Pentagon field reports from Iraq and 90,0000 similar documents from Afghanistan. There evidence also was presented that he downloaded and leaked more than 250,000 State Department cables.

‘Collateral Murder’ video

The video was shot from a U.S. Apache helicopter as it opened fire on a group of people in Baghdad in 2007, killing a dozen people. Among the dead were a Reuters TV news cameraman and his driver.

The video showed Reuters’ Saeed Chmagh survived an initial strafing by the helicopter, but apparently died when it opened fire again — this time on people attempting to get him off the sidewalk where he lay and into a van.

The footage quickly made news, elevating what was once a virtually unknown WikiLeaks to a globally recognized name. Later, a U.S. investigation into the attack found that the crew mistook the journalists’ cameras for weapons while seeking out insurgents who had been firing at American troops in the area.

But, according to court documents and testimony, by the time the world saw the video, Manning had already downloaded hundreds of thousands of classified documents and videos.

Within months, Manning was behind bars, accused of using his computer skills to commit what the government called treason.

From Oklahoma to Iraq

It was a far cry from his beginnings.

After working a series of part-time jobs and, at one point, living out of his car, he joined the Army in 2007.

But it was a tough acclimation, his friends later said, in large part because of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. According to friends and his own writings on the Internet, Manning is openly gay.

Then, in 2009, Manning deployed to Iraq.

He was at Forward Operating Base Hammer in southeast Baghdad, where he worked as an analyst reviewing possible threats to U.S. troops.

According to Fein, the prosecutor, within two weeks of his arrival in Iraq, Manning began working with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over what to leak and how to do it.

Manning spent hours at work during off-hours downloading documents, Fein said.

Manning, the prosecutor said, was well aware of the military’s policy about divulging classified material and the repercussions of doing it. The soldier had even taught classes about protecting the material, Fein said.

“Manning had no allegiance to the United States,” Fein told the court last week, adding that he was “not a whistle-blower; he was a traitor.”

But Manning’s attorney offered another picture, one in which the war deeply affected his client.

It began, his attorney told the court, after an attack on a convoy with his comrades. A roadside bomb exploded beneath a car full of civilians that had pulled aside to let the military vehicles pass.

Although members of his 305th Military Intelligence Battalion were not hurt, Coombs said, at least one civilian was killed. That changed Manning’s outlook on the war, his lawyer said. He “struggled.”

He was further disturbed by the “Collateral Murder” video, the attorney said.

“Did they all deserve to die? That is what Pfc. Manning is seeing when he watches this,” Coombs told the judge after playing the video in court.

It was for those reasons, according to Coombs, that Manning then started selecting information to reveal, believing that it would be better if it were public.

Coombs said his client was selective in the information he diverted from a controlled-access computer system where he worked as an “all source” intelligence analyst.

What would you do?

It began with a message said to be posted by Manning, using the instant message handle “bradass87.”

“If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?” it read.

According to testimony, that was purportedly part of a string of instant messages that a person sent to Lamo, who was convicted in 2004 for hacking The New York Times, Microsoft and Lexis-Nexis computer systems.

Over a period of days beginning on May 22, 2010, Lamo testified, he and the man identified as Manning instant-messaged about the release of the documents and videos.

Lamo has said he reported Manning to authorities.

Solitary confinement

Manning was arrested in Iraq on May 27, 2010, and then transferred to Kuwait before being returned to the United States two months later.

He was formally charged on July 6, 2010, with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Espionage Act. In March 2011, the military revised the alleged violations and filed 22 charges against Manning.

Crowley resigned just days later amid reports that the Obama administration was furious over his suggestion that Manning was being treated badly.

President Barack Obama publicly defended the conditions of the soldier’s detention, telling reporters that he had been assured by the Pentagon that the conditions were appropriate and met basic standards.

Even so, the outcry grew, with academics, medical professionals and others weighing in as Manning’s attorney filed motions to move the soldier from the Marine Corps prison at Quantico.

Dueling portraits

During closing statements last week, attorneys on both sides pointed to a picture of a smiling Manning.

Each had their own take on the man in the cross-dressing image that was taken in 2010 while he was on leave — just weeks before his arrest.

“This is a gleeful, grinning Pfc. Manning,” who had little regard for his allegiance to the United States, Fein told the court.

But Coombs told the judge that picture showed a situation in which Manning could “be himself.”

The only question now is what portrait of Manning the judge will offer with a verdict.

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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


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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Chelsea Manning – Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker …

Chelsea ManningA Conversation with Heather Dewey-Hagborg

March 15, 2018

Chelsea Manning speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence, and on the practical applications of machine learning. She is an advocate of queer and transgender rights and government transparency. During her time as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Manning publicly disclosed classifed documents that she felt revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during her deployment in Iraq in 2009. Upon being sentenced to 35 years for leaking government documents, she publicly identifed as a trans woman and asserted her legal rights to medical therapy. After serving seven years in military prison, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence; she was released in 2017. Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a bio-political artist and educator. In her creative collaboration with Chelsea Manning, Probably Chelsea (2017), Dewey-Hagborg received cheek swabs and hair clippings from Manning to create DNA-derived sculptural portraits. The work illustrates a multitude of ways in which DNA can be interpreted.

Co-presentation with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Munger Graduate Residences, with additional support from the Rackham Graduate School and the Knight-Wallace Fellows.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

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Open Source Mac – Free Mac software, all open-source, all …

Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best free Mac software that we know of.

Open Source Mac is a simple list of the best free and open source software for Mac OS X. We aren’t trying to be a comprehensive listing of every open-source mac app, instead we want to showcase the best, most important, and easiest to use. This page should be a handy reference and a useful tool for getting more people to start using free and open-source software. If you think we’re missing any great apps, please let us know. Open Source Mac is of course hosted on Linux.

Note to software creators: first of all, thanks so much for making free, open-source software– we love you.

Second, if we linked to macupdate or versiontracker as the download page, it’s because we think your download page is too confusing for new users. It’s usually very easy to improve– just add a big ‘Download Now’ link towards the top of the page, without too much clutter around it (use mozilla.org or adiumx.com or bittorrent.com for inspiration).

Here’s some more unsolicited advice for getting more people to download your software:

a. if you have a nice icon, show it off prominently.

b. put a download link and a screenshot on your front page.

c. if you use mirrors, use a script to pick a random mirror and just give people one link that says ‘download now’

d. if there’s any way you can avoid sending people to the sourceforge download mirror page, you should (we know it’s not your fault, but it baffles lots of folks).

e. if you really want to make things easy for people, and you have a cross-platform app, detect what OS they are on and give them the correct link.

f. test your page on a novice! See if they can understand what the software does and how to get it.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: info@bestfreesoftwarelist.com

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