If you tried visiting WikiLeaks late Wednesday evening, you might've gotten the impression that the website was hacked. For now at least, that doesn't appear to be the case.
According to a newly released Foreign Policy report, leaked communications show Wikileaks declined to release a cache of hacked Russian documents in the winter of 2016, dismissing the only partially published records as "already public". While there will be plenty of talk about this being proof of founder Julian Assange's loyalties to Russia, it most prominently displays his general hypocrisy and self-interest.
Well, this is ugly: International secret-sharing website WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange's behaviour of late has been slightly concerning, tweeted out what certainly looks like an Amazon burner account journalist Kurt Eichenwald used to write positive reviews of his own books back in the aughts.
Attempting to figure out what's going on in Julian Assange's head is a daily struggle. After moving into the Ecuadorean embassy in London seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden on since-dropped sexual assault allegations, the 46-year-old has remained holed up there with Twitter as his main means of communication. From the embassy's confines, he's kept himself busy leaking a slew of hacked DNC emails, CIA exploits, and generally inserting himself into world events in which he plays no part.
Now, it looks like Assange is doubling down on his attempt to join the Trump clan.
Risk should be a boring movie. Sure, it's the latest documentary from Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras, but it's also about WikiLeaks. Haven't we all had enough of Julian Assange and his cadre of world-warping weirdos? The thing is, you've never seen Assange like this. You've never seen him up close and ugly. And that's exactly why you must see Risk.
Video: Filmmaker Laura Poitras has been documenting Julian Assange's exploits for six years. In that time, the Wikileaks founder has gone from liberal darling to Sarah Palin's favourite rootin'-tootin'-techy-guy. Now, Poitras has reached a point that she feels the story can be told, and she's released a trailer for her new film Risk.
On Tuesday March 14, a group of former and inactive Mormons -- who have leaked dozens of internal documents exposing the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- sent a legal letter to the LDS Church warning that MormonLeaks has no intention of ending their crusade for transparency.
Thanks to Wikileaks, you may have seen a quote from President Kennedy recently about his desire to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds". Wikileaks used the quote as the password to decrypt its latest release about CIA spy tools. And the quote can be found in news stories around the world, including in some from The Intercept. The only problem? The origin of the quote is a bit dubious.
Even though the news is only a few hours old, some are already starting to wonder if the big WikiLeaks release of CIA hacking documents revealed anything "technically surprising". Well, how about this: CIA hackers are obscenely well-versed in Japanese one-line ASCII art.
There isn't much funny about the CIA's covert hacking operations or the WikiLeaks dump that put thousands of documents about them on the internet on Tuesday. Some of the secret code names for these operations are pretty funny, though. Those spooks at Langley must have a sense of humour.
Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency's cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs and pretty much any type of computer. It's scary stuff -- if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true.
Ecuador's foremost pain in the arse can finally stop tweeting in the third person as @Wikileaks, as he's been doing since 2008. Lets give a hearty (if perplexed) congrats to Julian Assange for "joining" Twitter.