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20 May 2017

Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation

Hailing an "important victory", he said he was prepared for dialogue with the US and UK authorities. Mr Assange, 45, is wanted in the US over the leaking of military and diplomatic documents. Sweden said on Friday it had decided to drop its rape investigation. Meanwhile Ecuador urged the UK to allow him safe passage out of the country.
Hailing an "important victory", he said he was prepared for dialogue with the US and UK authorities. Mr Assange, 45, is...

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14 Jun 2015

British spies ‘moved after Snowden files read’

UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China have access to classified information which reveals how they operate, a senior government source has told the BBC. According to the Sunday Times, Moscow and Beijing have deciphered documents stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden
UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China have access to classified information which reveals how...

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7 Feb 2015

Julian Assange: Costs of policing Wikileaks founder reach £10m

Scotland Yard has spent about 10m providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum there, figures show. Mr Assange, who denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden, faces arrest if he leaves the embassy. "It is embarrassing to see the UK government spending more on surveillance and detaining an uncharged political refugee than on its investigation into the Iraq war, which killed hundreds of thousands," WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said.
Scotland Yard has spent about 10m providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since Wikileaks founder...

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1 Nov 2013

Germany hopes for details from Snowden on US spying

The German government says it is keen to hear directly from the fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about the US spy agency's activities. Reports that the US bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone for years have caused a diplomatic rift. Mr Snowden's lawyer said there could be a meeting with German investigators in Moscow, but not Germany
The German government says it is keen to hear directly from the fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about the US...
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22 Aug 2013

Bradley Manning ‘I am a woman named Chelsea’

Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked secret US government documents to the Wikileaks website, has announced he wants to live as a woman. "I am Chelsea Manning," Pte First Class Manning, 25, said in a statement to NBC's Today programme. "I am a female." He said he had felt female since childhood, wanted at once to begin hormone therapy, and wished to be addressed as Chelsea. He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for crimes including espionage.
Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked secret US government documents to the Wikileaks website, has announced he...

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9 Aug 2013

Snowden link to encrypted email service closes

Two encrypted email services have closed down for reasons linked to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Speaking to the BBC, Silent Circle co-founder Phil Zimmermann said the service was closed because of Lavabit's action and because it feared it would be coerced into handing over keys that can unscramble messages.
Two encrypted email services have closed down for reasons linked to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Speaking to...

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18 Jul 2013

Wikileaks accused Bradley Manning loses challenge to most serious charge

A military judge has refused to dismiss the most serious charge facing Bradley Manning, the US soldier who allegedly leaked thousands of secret documents. Lawyers for the 25-year-old argued there is no proof he "aided the enemy", a charge carrying a life prison term.
A military judge has refused to dismiss the most serious charge facing Bradley Manning, the US soldier who allegedly...

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28 Jan 2013

Anonymous hackers target US agency site

Hackers claiming to be from the activist group Anonymous have hacked a US government website in response to the death of Aaron Swartz.
Hackers claiming to be from the activist group Anonymous have hacked a US government website in response to the death of...
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1 Dec 2012

Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning admits making noose

A US Army court has seen a noose made from a bed sheet by alleged Wikileaks source Private Bradley Manning as he considered suicide. Pte Manning, 24, told the hearing he had done so while being held in Kuwait, shortly after his arrest in May 2010. But the former intelligence analyst said he was no longer suicidal after he was taken to a US military prison.
A US Army court has seen a noose made from a bed sheet by alleged Wikileaks source Private Bradley Manning as he...

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21 Aug 2012

Anonymous hits UK government websites in Assange protest

Computer hacking collective Anonymous says it has attacked government websites in retaliation for the UK's handling of the Julian Assange case. It claimed responsibility on Twitter for the denial-of-service attacks. Websites affected include the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. The Wikileaks founder is staying at Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies. He was granted asylum by the country last week.
Computer hacking collective Anonymous says it has attacked government websites in retaliation for the UK's handling of...

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20 Aug 2012

Julian Assange row Embassy entry ‘would be suicide for UK’

The UK would be committing diplomatic suicide if it tried to enter his country's embassy in London, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said. The president said such a move would open up the UK to having its diplomatic missions around the world entered.
The UK would be committing diplomatic suicide if it tried to enter his country's embassy in London, Ecuadorean President...

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29 Jun 2012

Julian Assange ‘declines’ police order

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is ignoring a Metropolitan Police order to surrender himself at a police station, his representative has said. Susan Benn said he was advised to "decline to comply" and will remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy while his application for asylum is processed.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is ignoring a Metropolitan Police order to surrender himself at a police station, his...

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28 Feb 2012

Wikileaks publishes confidential emails from Stratfor

Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has begun publishing the first of more than five million confidential emails from US-based security think tank Stratfor. The group said the documents would reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods".
Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has begun publishing the first of more than five million confidential emails from...

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4 Feb 2012

Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning to face court martial

Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning is to face a court martial, the US Army has confirmed. Private Manning, 24, an intelligence analyst who served in Iraq, is alleged to have leaked US government cables to the whistle-blowing website. He could face life in prison if convicted of leaking thousands of documents and "aiding the enemy".
Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning is to face a court martial, the US Army has confirmed. Private Manning, 24, an...

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23 Dec 2011

Bradley Manning Wikileaks hearing hears final arguments

The pre-trial hearing of alleged Wikileaks source Bradley Manning has concluded after lawyers made their closing statements. An investigating officer at Fort Meade military base in Maryland must now advise if he should face court-martial. A decision is due in January, but could be delayed if more time is requested.
The pre-trial hearing of alleged Wikileaks source Bradley Manning has concluded after lawyers made their closing...

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20 Dec 2011

Bradley Manning case hears of secret computer files

Alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning's lawyers are questioning a witness over potentially damning evidence, on day four of the court-martial hearing. Investigator David Shaver took the stand again a day after testifying that he found 10,000 state department cables on a computer used by the defendant
Alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning's lawyers are questioning a witness over potentially damning evidence, on day four...

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17 Dec 2011

Bradley Manning military hearing bias row

A military officer overseeing the hearing of the US Army analyst accused of leaking government secrets has rejected a request to recuse himself. The request was made by a defence lawyer for Private Bradley Manning, 23, as he appeared at a military court. He faces 22 charges of obtaining and distributing government secrets - which he allegedly leaked to anti-secrecy site Wikileaks
A military officer overseeing the hearing of the US Army analyst accused of leaking government secrets has rejected a...

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17 Dec 2011

Bradley Manning: Hero or villain?

His appearance in the court room in Fort Meade, Maryland, is under what is known as an article 32 hearing in the military code. It is more than a formality. It will decide whether he will face a court martial and is likely to feature an outline of the arguments on both sides, cross-examination of witnesses and could last up to a week. If he is found guilty of the charge of supplying information to the enemy he could be executed, although the prosecution have made it clear they will not seek the death penalty. He could however be jailed for life.
His appearance in the court room in Fort Meade, Maryland, is under what is known as an article 32 hearing in the...

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6 Dec 2011

Julian Assange wins right to pursue extradition fight

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has won the right to petition the UK Supreme Court in his fight against extradition to Sweden. He lost a High Court battle last month to be extradited over alleged sex offences, which he denies.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has won the right to petition the UK Supreme Court in his fight against extradition to...

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17 Sep 2011

Wikileaks memorabilia auction on eBay to raise funds

The Wikileaks website has put up for sale a collection of memorabilia associated with its founder, Julian Assange, in a bid to raise funds. Among the items on the eBay auction site are a sachet of prison coffee and a laptop computer.
The Wikileaks website has put up for sale a collection of memorabilia associated with its founder, Julian Assange, in a...

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2 Sep 2011

Anger as Wikileaks releases all US cables unredacted

Whistleblower site Wikileaks has made its entire uncensored archive of leaked US diplomatic cables available online. The group said on its Twitter site that all 251,287 cables had been published in a searchable format. The Guardian and three other newspapers who have collaborated with Wikileaks said they "deplore" the move.
Whistleblower site Wikileaks has made its entire uncensored archive of leaked US diplomatic cables available online. The...

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30 Aug 2011

Australia condemns ‘irresponsible’ Wikileaks cable leak

An Australian official has described as "incredibly irresponsible" Wikileaks' release of a US cable that appears to name Australian terror suspects. The cable was among more than 130,000 confidential US cables released by the whistle-blowing group, many of which did not remove the names of sources.
An Australian official has described as "incredibly irresponsible" Wikileaks' release of a US cable that appears to name...

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12 May 2011

Wikileaks cables show race to carve up Arctic

Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources - oil, gas and even rubies - as the ice retreats. They suggest that Arctic states, including the US and Russia, are all pushing to stake a claim.
Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources - oil, gas and...

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25 Apr 2011

At a glance: Wikileaks cables

The Wikileaks website has been subject to cyber attacks and has been forced to change domain names and use mirror sites. For consistency's sake, in some cases we have linked to the organisation's partner newspapers where the cables have also been published.
The Wikileaks website has been subject to cyber attacks and has been forced to change domain names and use mirror sites....

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25 Apr 2011

Wikileaks Many at Guantanamo ‘not dangerous’

Files obtained by the website Wikileaks have revealed that the US believed many of those held at Guantanamo Bay were innocent or only low-level operatives. The files, published in US and European newspapers, are assessments of all 780 people ever held at the facility.
Files obtained by the website Wikileaks have revealed that the US believed many of those held at Guantanamo Bay were...

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25 Mar 2011

Is Bradley Manning being punished before trial

Military prosecutors have said they will seek life imprisonment for Bradley Manning, the US soldier charged with leaking state secrets to the WikiLeaks website. Newsnight's Matt Prodger has been to the US to find out more about a case which is dividing opinion there.
Military prosecutors have said they will seek life imprisonment for Bradley Manning, the US soldier charged with leaking...

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13 Mar 2011

Wikileaks row: US spokesman Crowley quits over gaffe

US state department spokesman PJ Crowley has resigned after calling the treatment of the man accused of leaking secret cables to Wikileaks "stupid". He said he was taking responsibility for the impact of his remarks about Bradley Manning. Private Manning is being held in solitary confinement at a maximum security US military jail.
US state department spokesman PJ Crowley has resigned after calling the treatment of the man accused of leaking secret...

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26 Feb 2011

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange handed ‘resounding defeat’

Today's judgement is a resounding defeat for Julian Assange. Senior District Judge Howard Riddle found against him on each of the principal arguments against his extradition. One of those was that the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issued against Mr Assange had been issued for the purpose of questioning and not prosecution.
Today's judgement is a resounding defeat for Julian Assange. Senior District Judge Howard Riddle found against him on...

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12 Feb 2011

Julian Assange ‘secret’ Sweden rape trial claim denied

Claims Julian Assange would face a "secret trial" on sexual assault charges in Sweden are inaccurate, a UK extradition hearing has been told. Clare Montgomery QC, for the Swedish authorities, said evidence from a trial would be heard in private but the arguments would be made in public.
Claims Julian Assange would face a "secret trial" on sexual assault charges in Sweden are inaccurate, a UK extradition...

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20 Jan 2011

Swiss banker linked to Wikileaks on trial over secrecy

A former Swiss banker has gone on trial in Zurich accused of breaching banking secrecy and extorting money. Rudolf Elmer, who headed Julius Baer's office in the Cayman Islands, admitted passing on data and sending threatening letters to his former employer.
A former Swiss banker has gone on trial in Zurich accused of breaching banking secrecy and extorting money. Rudolf...

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18 Jan 2011

Wikileaks given data on Swiss bank accounts

A former Swiss banker has passed on data containing account details of 2,000 prominent people to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The data - which is not yet available on the Wikileaks website - was held on two discs handed over by Rudolf Elmer at a press conference in London.
A former Swiss banker has passed on data containing account details of 2,000 prominent people to Wikileaks founder...

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25 Dec 2010

Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning’s health ‘declining’

The only person to visit Wikileaks suspect Pte Bradley Manning in custody other than his lawyer says his health has declined in the past four months. Pte Manning, a US soldier, is being held in solitary confinement in a high-security military prison at Quantico marine base, Virginia.
The only person to visit Wikileaks suspect Pte Bradley Manning in custody other than his lawyer says his health has...

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22 Dec 2010

The Assange interview

Today programme presenter John Humphrys went to meet him for what is Mr Assange's first face-to-face broadcast interview since his release.
Today programme presenter John Humphrys went to meet him for what is Mr Assange's first face-to-face broadcast interview...

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17 Dec 2010

Anonymous Wikileaks activists move to analogue tactics

Online activist group Anonymous has once again changed tactics in its campaign to support Wikileaks, eschewing web-based attacks. At least one faction of the group has urged supporters to plaster the streets with pro-Wikileaks propaganda on 18 December.
Online activist group Anonymous has once again changed tactics in its campaign to support Wikileaks, eschewing web-based...

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14 Dec 2010

Wikileaks defectors to launch Openleaks alternative

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who left the site after disagreements with its founder, plans to launch Openleaks in the coming months. The technology, which can be embedded in any organisation's sites, will allow whistle-blowers to anonymously leak data to publishers of their choice. Its founders say it will address problems they had with Wikileaks.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who left the site after disagreements with its founder, plans to launch Openleaks in the coming...

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10 Dec 2010

Pro-Wikileaks activists abandon Amazon cyber attack

Pro-Wikileak activists have abandoned plans to bring down the website of online retailer Amazon, and switched back to targeting PayPal. The group Anonymous had pledged to attack the site at 1600 GMT, but have since changed their plans, saying they did not have the "forces".
Pro-Wikileak activists have abandoned plans to bring down the website of online retailer Amazon, and switched back to...

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9 Dec 2010

Anonymous Mastercard attack ‘hits payments’

Web attacks on the Mastercard site have disrupted payments, the BBC has learnt. The site is among several targeted by the Anonymous group of hackers, who have pledged to pursue firms that have withdrawn services from Wikileaks. Mastercard, which stopped processing payments to the whistle-blowing site, said the attack had had "no impact" on people's ability to use their cards.
Web attacks on the Mastercard site have disrupted payments, the BBC has learnt. The site is among several targeted by...

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9 Dec 2010

US monitors ‘aggressive’ China in Africa

The US is closely monitoring China's expanding role in Africa, the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveal. A cable from February quotes a senior US official in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, describing China as "aggressive and pernicious". However, the official says the US does not consider China a military, security or intelligence threat.
The US is closely monitoring China's expanding role in Africa, the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by...
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8 Dec 2010

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange refused bail

The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has told a court he will fight extradition to Sweden. Bail was refused and the Australian, who denies sexually assaulted two women in Sweden, was remanded in custody pending a hearing next week.
The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has told a court he will fight extradition to...

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7 Dec 2010

List of facilities ‘vital to US security’ leaked

In February 2009 the State Department asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security. The list includes pipelines, communication and transport hubs. Several UK sites are listed, including cable locations, satellite sites and BAE Systems plants. BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says this is probably the most controversial document yet from the Wikileaks organisation.
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7 Dec 2010

Swiss bank freezes Julian Assange’s account

The whistle-blowing website says the freeze includes a defence fund and personal assets worth 31,000 euros. Wikileaks has published hundreds of secret US diplomatic cables, angering the US government and triggering moves by several companies including PayPal and Amazon to end their services. Meanwhile, a warrant for Mr Assange's arrest has reached the UK authorities.
The whistle-blowing website says the freeze includes a defence fund and personal assets worth 31,000 euros. Wikileaks...

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2 Dec 2010

Has release of Wikileaks documents cost lives

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wikileaks' actions undermined US foreign policy efforts and amounted to "an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conventions and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity". New York Congressman Pete King has called for the US Attorney General to designate Wikileaks a terrorist organisation and to prosecute founder Julian Assange for espionage.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wikileaks' actions undermined US foreign policy efforts and amounted to "an...

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2 Dec 2010

Wikileaks Pakistan rejects US fears on nuclear arms

Pakistan has dismissed fears expressed in US diplomatic cables, released by whistle-blower website Wikileaks, that its nuclear material could fall into the hands of terrorists. High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan said the material had a "foolproof control and command system". The cables warn Pakistan is rapidly building its nuclear stockpile despite the country's growing instability.
Pakistan has dismissed fears expressed in US diplomatic cables, released by whistle-blower website Wikileaks, that its...

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1 Dec 2010

Leaks expose US and UK fears over Pakistan nuclear arms

US and UK diplomats feared Pakistan's nuclear material could fall into the hands of terrorists, the latest leaked classified US diplomatic cables reveal. The documents, released by Wikileaks, warn that Pakistan is rapidly building its nuclear stockpile despite the country's growing instability.
US and UK diplomats feared Pakistan's nuclear material could fall into the hands of terrorists, the latest leaked...

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1 Dec 2010

Rare insight into secretive China-N Korea ties

The documents released by Wikileaks provide a fascinating insight into the relationship between two of the world's most secretive nations - China and North Korea. Official statements from both countries rarely stray from well-worn diplomatic language and are often hard to interpret.
The documents released by Wikileaks provide a fascinating insight into the relationship between two of the world's most...

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1 Dec 2010

Wikileaks cable claims UK ‘pledged to limit Iraq probe’

The government secretly promised to limit the scope of the Iraq war inquiry to protect US interests, according to leaked cables reported in the Times. The documents on the Wikileaks website could undermine the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, the newspaper says.
The government secretly promised to limit the scope of the Iraq war inquiry to protect US interests, according to leaked...

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1 Dec 2010

Wikileaks files US rebuffed Brown over McKinnon offer

Gordon Brown was rebuffed after suggesting Gary McKinnon could plead guilty to computer hacking and make a statement of contrition in return for serving his sentence in the UK. The ex-PM's offer was detailed in one of the Wikileaks US diplomatic cables, published in The Guardian.
Gordon Brown was rebuffed after suggesting Gary McKinnon could plead guilty to computer hacking and make a statement of...

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1 Dec 2010

Wikileaks US diplomatic cables Key issues

So far, Wikileaks has published on its site 278 of 251,287 of what it describes as US "cables"; it has given the files in full to five media groups, including the New York Times and Guardian newspapers.
So far, Wikileaks has published on its site 278 of 251,287 of what it describes as US "cables"; it has given the files...

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