Tagged With wikileaks

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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.

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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.

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Fox News will air Sean Hannity's interview with Julian Assange today — the Wikileaks founder who's currently hiding in Ecuador's embassy in London. Fox & Friends talked about the interview this morning, but if you take a look at the banner above, we're practically in a second Cold War.

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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.

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Turns out there was more to Wikileaks' John Podesta email dump than just weird messages from Tom DeLonge and Katie Couric's email preferences — the cache also includes what appears to be a personal email address belonging to one Barack Obama.