As Gizmodo reported earlier, Julian Assange appeared ready to make good on a promise to extradite himself to the United States — a country which has not publicly charged him with any crimes — following clemency for Chelsea Manning. Less than 24 hours later, Wikileaks's editor-in-chief is weaselling out of a deal no one asked him to make.
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The news that President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence — with her release slated for May of this year instead of 2045 — is a huge relief to many. A major exception to that is Julian Assange, who managed to trip on his own dick in a big way.
United States President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's 35 year military prison sentence for passing classified files to Wikileaks.
The presidential order for clemency reduces Manning's sentence from 35 years, with a 2045 release, to just over seven years — most of which Manning has already served. Manning will be released from custody on 17 May 2017.
In a characteristically desperate move, the Wikileaks Task Force tweeted out that the organisation nobly devoted to making private documents public is looking to create "an online database with all 'verified' twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships". This feels desperate.
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.