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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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Security News This Week: Julian Assange Has Lost His Internet Privileges

After weeks of unrelenting chaos, the cybersecurity world took a little bit of a breather. Well, relatively, anyway. There was still one of the bigger data breaches in recent memory, compliments of UnderArmour. The sportswear company's MyFitnessPal apps suffered a breach of 150 million users' data, including names and passwords. And while Under Armour says "the majority" of the latter were protected by powerful hashing, some were barely protected at all, making the potential impact of the hack that much worse. But hey, everyone makes mistakes, including the world’s most…

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Julian Assange Thought He Was Messaging Sean Hannity When He Offered News on Democrat Investigating Trump-Russia

At about 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, a couple hours after she started pretending to be Julian Assange. Thats when she said she kind of panicked. I felt bad. He really thought he was talking to Sean Hannity, said Gilliam. Gilliam, a technical writer from Texas, was bored with the flu when she created @SeanHannity__ early Saturday morning. The Fox News host's real account was temporarily deleted after cryptically tweeting the phrase Form Submission 1649 | #Hannity on Friday night. Twitter said the account had been briefly compromised, according to…

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Julian Assange: I urged Trump Jr to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaks

Site founder says he believed presidents son should release documents anonymously, given that Trump Jrs enemies already had them emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website. Instead, the US presidents eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his fathers Democratic rival. Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us), @WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks played a prominent role in the US presidential…

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Britain wants a ‘way out’ of the Julian Assange standoff, says Ecuador

Maria Fernanda Espinosa, foreign minister, says UK and Ecuador working on an opening Britain is interested in finding a solution to the standoff that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuadors London embassy for five years, the foreign minister of the South American country has said. In May, Sweden

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Arresting Julian Assange is a priority, says US attorney general Jeff Sessions

Justice department stepping up efforts to prosecute Wikileaks founder as CNN reports that charges have been drawn up The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a priority for the US, attorney general Jeff Sessions has said. Hours later it was I love WikiLeaks, he once told a rally – but his administration has struck a different tone. Asked whether it was a priority for the justice department to arrest Assange once and for all, Sessions told a press conference in El Paso, Texas on Thursday: We are going…

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CIA director brands WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’

Mike Pompeo said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange portrays himself as a crusader but in fact helps enemies of the United States, including Russia Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, has branded WikiLeaks a hostile intelligence service, saying it threatens democratic nations and joins hands with dictators. In his first public remarks since becoming chief of the US spy agency in February, Pompeo focused on the group and other leakers of classified information like Edward Snowden as one of the key threats facing the United States. WikiLeaks walks like a…

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