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Trump campaign claims WikiLeaks not liable for releasing hacked emails

Campaign defends site in legal filing that departs from US policy, addressing questions central to Robert Muellers Russia inquiry The Trump campaign argued in a legal filing that WikiLeaks could not be held liable for publishing emails that were stolen by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 US election because the website was simply serving as a passive publishing platform on behalf of a third party, in the same way as Google or Facebook. Questions about WikiLeaks publication of thousands of hacked emails, which it allegedly obtained following a plot…

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Trump responds to Mueller indictments by blaming Obama

President preparing to meet Vladimir Putin in Helsinki after special counsels indictment of 12 Russian spies Donald Trump has commented for the first time on the tweeted: The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didnt they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election? According to widespread vice-president Joe Biden, chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser watered down by Republican Senate…

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Where’s Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users personal data, even as his company is buffeted by #DeleteFacebook. Facebooks shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news, knocking $36bn off the companys valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall…

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Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: I would love to have told Trump: Back off, you creep

The presidential candidate and the classicist discuss winners and losers Hillary Clinton is sequestered in a hotel room, giving a big television interview, when Mary Beard arrives at Claridges. While she waits outside on the sofa, though, it quickly becomes clear that the star of this conversation is the classicist. One by one, members of Clintons staff approach in reverent tones to declare her their heroine. Even a passing cameraman stops to pay court and say: I love you! Does this happen to Beard all the time? Yes, she laughs,…

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The seven Republican super-donors who keep money in tax havens

Paradise Papers show these men, who invest heavily in Super Pacs, share a presence offshore if not a love of Trump Seven Republican super-donors helped bankroll the conservative push for power in the 2016 election cycle, between them pumping more than $350m (264m) into federal and state races. The Stop Trump movement last year, while Geoff Palmer was among the then Republican nominees Super Pacs with names including Rebuilding America now, Right to rise USA and American unity: are their political principles undermined by their offshore practices? Warren Stephens Warren…

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Did Russia fake black activism on Facebook to sow division in the US?

The popular Blacktivist account claimed to be a force for community organizing. Now it looks to have been part of Russias effort to influence politics When longtime Baltimore activists first saw a Facebook account called Blacktivist organizing a local police brutality march, they were immediately suspicious. The page honoring died in police custody a year earlier, quickly acquired a sizable following, but no one knew who was running it. Heber Brown III, a pastor and community organizer, messaged Blacktivist asking if the person lived in Baltimore. No, replied Blacktivist on…

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Trump commission can resume collecting voter data, federal judge rules

Facing privacy lawsuit, presidents election integrity commission had paused its request that states provide names, partial social security numbers and more A federal judge on Monday cleared the way for Donald Trumps commission on election fraud to resume collecting detailed voter roll information from the states. The commission asked states last month to provide publicly available data including registered voters names, birth dates and partial social security numbers, but it later told them to hold off until a judge ruled on a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center…

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Ex-Trump adviser says FBI interviewed him about Russia investigation

Carter Page interviews are most extensive questioning of a potential suspect in the inquiry into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia A former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trumps election campaign has claimed that he underwent a series of interviews by the FBI in March, the Guardian has confirmed. Carter Page repeatedly denied wrongdoing when questioned about allegations that he acted as an intermediary between Russia and the Trump campaign, dodgy dossier of 2003 presumably a reference to the UKs flawed report on weapons of mass destruction that…

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‘Nervous’ Jeff Sessions’ attempt at Trump-like bravado falls flat

Analysis: In his Senate testimony on Russia, the attorney generals default position was cant recall and vagueness was the order of the day He started with a declaration well suited to old-school newspaper headlines, insisting that the claim he was involved in collusion with Russia was an appalling and detestable lie. But Jeff Sessions called him last week had crumbled under fire. The attorney general managed to avoid inflicting significant damage on his boss but, having got his soundbite out, failed to answer the most important questions during a teeth-grindingly…

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Reality Winner accused of leaking NSA file about Russia hacking US election

Prosecutors say federal contractor printed classified document detailing how Russia hacked voting equipment vendor and was trying to breach local systems Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscows efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter. When we become the United States of the Russian Federation, she said on Facebook, Olympic lifting will be the national sport. Seven months later, Winner, 25, called home to Texas on Saturday to let her family…

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Former Trump adviser asked to testify to House committee on Russia

Michael Caputo, who worked for the president during the primary campaign, invited for voluntary interview A former Trump campaign adviser has been asked to testify before the House intelligence committee over accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The Guardian has confirmed that Michael Caputo, a campaign aide to Trump for much of the presidential primary, has been asked to submit to a voluntary interview with the committee and provide any documents requested. The committees request appointed as a special counsel this week to investigate Trumps campaign and the…

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Ivanka Trump’s new book: I’m a working mom who can’t always get a massage

Presidents daughter and adviser wants to debunk the superwoman myth by saying she didnt even have time to meditate during the election Ivanka Trump, president Donald Trumps daughter and adviser, laments that when the election campaign was at its busiest she had to go into survival mode and didnt have enough time to meditate or treat herself to a massage, according to her new book, released on Tuesday. Women who work are real, she writes, in Women who Work, Rewriting the Rules for Success, her second book. Trump, 35, who…

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Hillary Clinton: misogyny ‘certainly’ played a role in 2016 election loss

In first post-election interview, former Democratic presidential candidate calls for US intervention in Syria and says misogyny was factor in her loss In her first interview since losing the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton said misogyny had played a role in her election loss. Clinton spends a lot of time wrestling with the fact that 53% of white women voted for Trump and the impact of her gender on her loss, she said at the Women in the World summit. Certainly misogyny played a role, she said. In a wide-ranging interview,…

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