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Julian Assange, the embattled Wikileaks founder who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 for fear he could be extradited to the U.S. for publishing classified material, is in deep trouble. Court documents mistakenly released appear to suggest that he is facing unspecified, sealed charges in the U.S. that could either be espionage — a move that could be very ominous for other journalists who have published government secrets — or other theoretical charges regarding alleged relationships with hackers that went beyond protected journalistic activity.

Facebook is taking a huge amount of heat this week amid mounting scandals over its allegedly reckless handling of user data, vulnerability to propaganda and disinformation efforts, and whether or not its internal response to those issues was mostly concerned with shoving those problems under a rug. The company's stock has taken a double-digit hit - even if many market analysts say it is likely to recover - and pressure is mounting for some kind of consequences or regulatory response from politicians and the public.

Facebook, which landed itself in the crosshairs after becoming one of the primary venues by which US federal prosecutors allege a Kremlin-linked, pro-Donald Trump Russian operation called the Internet Research Agency tried to flood the US with disinformation and propaganda before the 2016 elections, now says it will verify the identities of people who buy election-related ads by mailing postcards.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company mostly sells consumer products, has largely avoided being sucked into the rapidly-expanding scandal over the alleged Russian effort to promote internal division in the US before the 2016 US elections - unlike other tech giants such as Google, Twitter and Facebook, all of which now admit some degree of involvement. With his hands washed of this particular matter, Cook is taking some shots at them.