On Sunday, the New York Times published a seemingly routine report about Obama's cyber offensive strategy. Hiding halfway down the page, however, there are some fascinating details about the decision-making process behind a potential US cyber retaliation against Russia.
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Suppression by "powerful states and organisations" is, according to Julian Assange in his 2012 book Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, "one of the hardships WikiLeaks was built to endure." That claim must reek of false bluster now that his whistleblowing organisation has since been compromised by the US government, according to the internet's greatest conspiracy theorists.
The revelations from Wikileaks' dump of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta keep coming. Newly unearthed messages show how Apple tried to lobby the campaign on legal issues like the on-going encryption debate. It's an enlightening snapshot that shows how tech lobbying works.
From the perspective of newsworthiness, Wikileak's Podesta emails have been totally weird. Amidst revelations about an ex-Blink-182 member's belief in extraterrestrial life, and Chairman of the Clinton campaign John Podesta's own advice on cooking risotto, Trump supporters on a variety of imageboards have been sifting through the emails for anything compromising. Last night it seems they hit paydirt.
The US Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian government was behind recent hacks against the Democratic National Committee that compromised thousands of emails from top DNC members.
Wikileaks withheld a batch of emails showing a $US2.2 ($3) billion transaction between the Syrian regime and a Russian government-owned bank, according to a Daily Dot report. If true, the report will likely have a lasting negative impact on Wikileaks' credibility. The report alleges that the transparency organisation betrayed its own core values of "pristine leaking" and did so in a way that protects Russia's public image.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange promised to leak "thousands" of documents from the Clinton campaign on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News's Megyn Kelly. He also said the documents would be "significant" in the context of the US presidential election. Assange vowed to publish the data before the November election because he believes "people have the right to understand who they're electing".
Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange blatantly lied about publishing only the "last four digits" of credit card numbers from democratic donors during an appearance on the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday.
WikiLeaks firmly believes in radical transparency, the idea that the world would be better if there were no secrets. That level of transparency can be used for good, like the time the site published a video called "Collateral Murder" showing innocent journalists shot to oblivion by US troops in 2010. But not always.