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.
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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.
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.