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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.

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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.

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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.