In January 2017, after being locked up at five different facilities, in conditions a United Nations expert called “cruel” and “inhumane,” Manning had received a surprise commutation by President Barack Obama. Four months later, she was free, trying to adjust to life in a world she helped shape. Finishing her coffee, she fished her iPhone out of her purse and asked her security guard for a lift back to the apartment where she was staying while in Manhattan.
The family of slain Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich is refuting a report that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks. "As we've seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts, we have seen no evidence, we have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press," a spokesperson for the family said in a statement, according to BuzzFeed News.
Mike Pompeo, in his first speech as director of the CIA, chose to declare war on free speech rather than on the United States’ actual adversaries. He went after WikiLeaks, where I serve as editor, as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” In Pompeo’s worldview, telling the truth about the administration can be a crime — as Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly underscored when he described my arrest as a “priority.”
Roger Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, acknowledged late Saturday that he had a “back channel” to WikiLeaksfounder Julian Assange, amid mounting reports that multiple advisers to Trump’s campaign had undisclosed communication with Russian officials.
WikiLeaks on Tuesday published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to expose intimate details of America's cyberespionage toolkit.
WikiLeaks on Tuesday released thousands of documents that it said described sophisticated software tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.
Germany s federal prosecutor said on Friday that he had dropped a formal investigation into allegations of eavesdropping on one of Chancellor Angela Merkel s cellphones by an American intelligence agency because of a lack of concrete evidence. A German news report in October 2013 that the National Security Agency had tapped one of Ms. Merkel s private cellphones prompted outrage among citizens already angry over previous reports of the widespread gathering of telecommunications data by United States and British intelligence services.
In comparing Snowden to Hammond, Lucas pointed out that the mainstream media may be more reluctant to report on a corporation like Stratfor when Stratfor's clients might be advertising sponsors: "Journalists play a large role in controlling what information the public receives. It is safer, for business and editorial approval, to write about a whistleblower who leaked information from the federal government, the traditional opponent of influential investigative journalists, than about a whistleblower who hacked out information about local cops collaborating with corporate spies."
Chancellor Angela Merkel s government is fending off allegations that the German secret service helped the United States to spy on European partners and companies, nearly a year after Ms. Merkel expelled the top American spy in a rare display of anger over revelations of widespread United States intelligence operations in Germany.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange put the life of Bolivian President Evo Morales in danger by leaking false information, the Bolivian ambassador to Russia claimed Monday. Maria Luisa Ramos demanded that Assange apologize to Morales for putting his life at risk by leaking false information that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was on his plane in July 2013, according to teleSUR.
Swedish prosecutors have offered to fly to Britain to question Julian Assange over sexual assault accusations, a move that could end years of political and diplomatic deadlock. In August the statute of limitations will run out on some of the lesser crimes he is accused of, which has seemingly forced the issue back to the fore.
Italy's Muslim population has been reportedly aggressively monitored, WikiLeaks cables dated from 2005 reveal. The documents were classified by then-U.S. Ambassador to Italy Ronald Spogli. The documents were based on a private informal lunch at the U.S. ambassador s residence and also involved the then-Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu and Italy's Chief of Police Giovanni De Gennaro.
A close ally of Edward Snowden has told filmmakers that Russia's intelligence agency sought to recruit the former NSA contractor, but he declined the offer. WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison says the Russian FSB intelligence security service approached Snowden while he was stuck in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for six weeks in 2013.
Early in Laura Poitras's documentary "Citizenfour," Edward J. Snowden, who exposed vast electronic surveillance by the United States government, tells what pushed him to go public. "As I saw the promise of the Obama administration betrayed, and walked away from," says Mr. Snowden, referring to drone strikes and invasive monitoring by the National Security Agency, "it really hardened me to action."
Among Snowden's most shocking discoveries, he told me, was the fact that the N.S.A. was routinely passing along the private communications of Americans to a large and very secretive Israeli military organization known as Unit 8200. This transfer of intercepts, he said, included the contents of the communications as well as metadata such as who was calling whom. Mr. Snowden stressed that the transfer of intercepts to Israel contained the communications - email as well as phone calls - of countless Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the communications. "I think that s amazing," he told me. "It's one of the biggest abuses we've seen."
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who was given asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy here two years ago, said Monday that he will be leaving the embassy soon, but he provided no specifics. In a long and meandering news conference at which he was accompanied by the Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Pati o, Mr. Assange summarized his case, insisting that he had helped bring about needed change in the British extradition system and saying that his health was suffering after two years at the embassy.
A new analysis of the intelligence and military relationship between the U.S. and Israeli governments-bolstered by new top secret NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden-exposes the deep complicity of American foreign policy when it comes to enabling Israel s continued occupation of the Palestinian territories and its ongoing aggressive military assault on the Gaza Strip.
Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.
If you were following the news during the March 2010 elections in Iraq, you might remember that the American press was flooded with stories declaring the elections a success, complete with upbeat anecdotes and photographs of Iraqi women proudly displaying their ink-stained fingers. The subtext was that United States military operations had succeeded in creating a stable and democratic Iraq. Early that year, I received orders to investigate 15 individuals whom the federal police had arrested on suspicion of printing anti-Iraqi literature. I learned that these individuals had absolutely no ties to terrorism; they were publishing a scholarly critique of Mr. Maliki s administration. I forwarded this finding to the officer in command in eastern Baghdad. He responded that he didn t need this information; instead, I should assist the federal police in locating more anti-Iraqi print shops.
As the intelligence community continues its assessment of the damage caused by Edward Snowden’s leaks of secret programs, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says it appears the impact may be less than once feared because “it doesn’t look like he [Snowden] took as much” as first thought.
The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency's reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal.
The Obama administration and former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden offered divergent accounts Thursday of his efforts to raise concerns about National Security Agency activity more than a year ago, as each side tried to shape the debate over whether the massive leak of classified information was avoidable
Edward J. Snowden says he was not merely a 'low-level analyst' writing computer code for American spies, as President Obama and other administration officials have portrayed him. Instead, he says, he was a trained spy who worked under assumed names overseas for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
My position was straightforward, Glenn Greenwald writes. By ordering illegal eavesdropping, the president had committed crimes and should be held accountable for them. You break the law, you pay the price: It s that simple. But it s not that simple, as Greenwald must know. There are laws against government eavesdropping on American citizens, and there are laws against leaking official government documents. You can t just choose the laws you like and ignore the ones you don t like. Or perhaps you can, but you can t then claim that it s all very straightforward.
The National Security Agency has never said what it was seeking when it invaded the computers of Petrobras, Brazil s huge national oil company, but angry Brazilians have guesses: the company s troves of data on Brazil s offshore oil reserves, or perhaps its plans for allocating licenses for exploration to foreign companies.
Mr. Snowden s appearance on the broadcast, which is thought to be heavily scripted by the Kremlin, led to immediate criticism from some observers. One was the Slate columnist Anne Applebaum, who recently compared Russia s destabilization of Ukraine to the work of Soviet intelligence agents in post-war Europe: "Edward Snowden has just officially made himself into a Russian propaganda tool"
The Washington Post and Guardian U.S. won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, among the most prestigious awards in journalism, for their stories based on National Security Agency documents leaked by the former government contractor Edward J. Snowden. Through a series of reports that exposed the N.S.A.'s widespread domestic surveillance program, the Post and Guardian U.S. sparked an international debate on the limits of government surveillance.
The Ridenhour prize for truth-telling will be given to Edward J. Snowden and Laura Poitras, the filmmaker and journalist who helped Mr. Snowden disclose his trove of documents on government surveillance. The award, named for the Vietnam veteran who helped expose the My Lai massacre and later became an investigative journalist, is expected to be announced on Monday morning.
The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that - if approved by Congress - would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials.
O'Hagan, an Editor at Large of Esquire, has now written a 25,000-word lambasting in the London Review of Books, in which he describes the 42-year-old Australian as "thin-skinned, conspiratorial, untruthful, [and] narcissistic." O'Hagan, who is actually quite sympathetic to Assange, spent months around the publisher and his entourage.
Intelligence officials investigating how Edward J. Snowden gained access to a huge trove of the country s most highly classified documents say they have determined that he used inexpensive and widely available software to "scrape" the National Security Agency s networks, and kept at it even after he was briefly challenged by agency officials.
Russia plans to extend its offer of asylum to Edward J. Snowden beyond August, a Russian lawmaker said Friday at the World Economic Forum here. The lawmaker, Aleksei K. Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Russia s lower house of Parliament, hinted during a panel discussion that the extension of temporary refugee status for Mr. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, might be indefinite.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that the United States was willing to discuss how the criminal case against Edward J. Snowden would be handled, but only if Mr. Snowden pleaded guilty first. Mr. Holder, speaking at a question-and-answer event at the University of Virginia, did not specify the guilty pleas the Justice Department would expect before it would open talks with Mr. Snowden s lawyers. And the attorney general reiterated that the United States was not willing to offer clemency to Mr. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked documents that American officials have said threaten national security.
Edward J. Snowden on Tuesday adamantly denied as absurd and "smears" the suggestion by the leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees that he might have been a Russian spy when he downloaded archives of classified National Security Agency documents and leaked them to journalists. In an interview with The New Yorker, Mr. Snowden declared that the accusation advanced in particular by Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee - was "false," saying he had "clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government."
In a message broadcast Wednesday on British television, Edward J. Snowden, the former American security contractor, urged an end to mass surveillance, arguing that the electronic monitoring he has exposed surpasses anything imagined by George Orwell in "1984," a dystopian vision of an all-knowing state.
Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses.
Edward Snowden faces espionage charges for taking records from the National Security Agency to reveal a massive web of surveillance on Americans, foreigners and even foreign leaders. While some call him a traitor who has been hunted around the globe, others call him a hero for revealing the shocking extent of snooping in the name of national security. But with a presidential panel calling for an end to the agency s collection of all Americans' phone-call records, two days after a federal judge called that program, which was revealed by Snowden, "almost Orwellian" and probably unconstitutional, can Snowden now be called a whistleblower and not a scoundrel?
Edward J. Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency now living temporarily in Russia, said in comments published on Tuesday that he was prepared to assist Brazilian investigations of United States spying in Brazil. But he said he could not speak freely until a country grants him permanent political asylum, which he requested from Brazil months ago.
Almost every day, new information is released about how American and British intelligence agencies have monitored governments, embassies and the communications of whole societies. These revelations have provided us with a deep and terrifying insight into the uncontrolled power of intelligence agencies. Without Mr. Snowden, there wouldn t have been months of discussions in the German Bundestag, the European Parliament and the American Congress about better protection of citizens private and commercial communications. Mr. Snowden is paying a high price for having opened the eyes of the world. He can no longer lead a normal life.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) involves a 12-nation regional trade bloc that accounts for almost 40% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and about one-third of all world trade. The U.S. is leading negotiations and expects them to be finished this year. WikiLeaks published a draft, dated Aug. 30, that it says is the intellectual property rights chapter of the proposed pact that was debated in the 19th negotiating round. Intellectual property law expert Matthew Rimmer told the Sydney Morning Herald that the leaked draft favored U.S. trade objectives and multinational corporate interests "with little focus on the rights and interests of consumers, let alone broader community interests."
Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American security contractor granted asylum by Russia, has appealed to Washington to stop treating him like a traitor for revealing that the United States has been eavesdropping on its allies, a German politician who met with Mr. Snowden said on Friday.
Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden's offer to testify in Germany about controversial U.S. surveillance programs drew a swift warning from the Kremlin on Friday that he would lose his Russian asylum if he travels abroad or discloses U.S. intelligence secrets while in Russia.
This is a great dialog between Greenwald and Keller (former editor of NY times) regarding the future of journalism with many details on the ethics and purpose of jounalism. Here is an excerpt "In essence, I see the value of journalism as resting in a twofold mission: informing the public of accurate and vital information, and its unique ability to provide a truly adversarial check on those in power. Any unwritten rules that interfere with either of those two prongs are ones I see as antithetical to real journalism and ought to be disregarded. "
The National Security Agency has carried out extensive electronic surveillance in France, a French newspaper reported Monday, drawing an angry condemnation from an important American ally. The report, based on secret documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden, was published in Le Monde, the authoritative French newspaper, the day Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here for an official visit.
Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, said in an extensive interview this month that he did not take any secret N.S.A. documents with him to Russia when he fled there in June, assuring that Russian intelligence officials could not get access to them.
It is a measure of our times, and perhaps Mr. Assange s appetite for renown, that a technology designed to enable anonymity for whistle-blowers became an engine of celebrity. He is, even absent the attentions of Hollywood, one of the more recognizable faces on earth.
A military judge on Wednesday sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks, a gigantic leak that lifted the veil on military and diplomatic activities around the world. The sentence is the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information to be reported to the public. Private Manning will apparently be eligible for parole in slightly more than eight years.
Demands grew on Monday for the British government to explain why it had used antiterrorism powers to detain the partner of a journalist who has written about surveillance programs based on leaks by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden.
Pfc. Bradley Manning s defense lawyers on Monday made a last-minute personal plea to the military judge hearing his court-martial, asking her to be lenient in sentencing and allow Private Manning a chance to rehabilitate himself.
Obama reluctantly admitted as much. "There's no doubt that Mr. Snowden's leaks triggered a much more rapid and passionate response than would have been the case if I had simply appointed this review board," he said, though he also argued that absent Snowden, "we would have gotten to the same place, and we would have done so without putting at risk our national security and some very vital ways that we are able to get intelligence that we need to secure the country."
Officials have said that NSA surveillance tools have helped disrupt terrorist plots or identify suspects in 54 cases in the United States and overseas. In many of those cases, an agency program that targets the communication of foreigners, including e-mails, has proved critical. But the importance of the phone logs in disrupting those plots has been less clear - and also far more controversial since it was revealed in June
President Obama on Friday sought to get his administration ahead of the roiling debate over National Security Agency surveillance, releasing new information about spying activities and calling for changes aimed at bolstering public confidence that the programs do not intrude too far into Americans privacy.
The federal government is prosecuting leakers at a brisk clip and on novel theories. It is collecting information from and about journalists, calling one a criminal and threatening another with jail. In its failed effort to persuade Russia to return another leaker, Edward J. Snowden, it felt compelled to say that he would not be tortured or executed.
Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act for leaking documents to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, but was found not guilty of the more serious charge of "aiding the enemy."
A defense lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning on Friday portrayed his client as "young, na ve, but good-intentioned" when he sent databases of secret documents about American military and diplomatic activities to WikiLeaks, and he urged the judge in his court-martial to be lenient when she decides his fate.
A military prosecutor on Thursday portrayed Pfc. Bradley Manning as an egotist who betrayed the trust of the United States government when he leaked vast archives of secret documents to WikiLeaks, lifting a veil on American diplomatic and military activities.
The military judge in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning decided on Thursday not to drop a charge accusing Private Manning of "aiding the enemy." If found guilty, Private Manning could face life in prison plus an additional 154 years.
Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, met with representatives of international human rights organizations at his temporary Moscow airport refuge on Friday afternoon and appealed for their help in seeking asylum status in Russia until he can safely travel to Latin America.
Fugitive Edward Snowden, facing charges in the United States for leaking details about secret intelligence surveillance programs, has applied for Russian political asylum, news agencies here reported Monday, quoting a consular officer on duty at Sheremetyevo Airport.
The court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose secret release of a vast archive of military and diplomatic materials put WikiLeaks into an international spotlight, opened here Monday with dueling portrayals of a traitor who endangered the lives of his fellow soldiers and of a principled protester motivated by a desire to help society who carefully selected which documents to release.
The scope of U.S. intelligence-gathering is itself a secret, except that it costs at least $75 billion a year, and continues to creep into the lives of unwitting citizens, as The Wall Street Journal reported in December. The film notes that 60,000 phone calls and emails are intercepted by intelligence agencies every second. Every second. Satellite photos of the physical expansion of National Security Agency sites are chilling. It is former CIA director Michael Hayden - not Assange - who delivers the quote for the title: "We steal secrets."
A military appeals court on Wednesday declined to rule on a lawsuit seeking greater access for journalists to court filings and proceedings in the criminal case against Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has admitted to leaking 700,000 confidential government documents to WikiLeaks.
The military prosecutors seeking to have Pfc. Bradley Manning convicted of violating the Espionage Act over his release of secret government files to WikiLeaks will face an additional burden at his court-martial under a ruling on Wednesday by a military judge.
Reporters covering the government s prosecution of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being court-martialed for conveying secret information to WikiLeaks, have spent a year trying to pierce the veil of secrecy in what is supposed to be a public proceeding.
LAST month Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to several offenses related to leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, a plea that could land him in jail for 20 years. But Private Manning still faces trial on the most serious charges, including the potential capital offense of aiding the enemy - though the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty in this case, "only" a life sentence.
What if he had succeeded in delivering his pilfered documents to The Times? What would be different, for Manning and the rest of us? First of all, I can say with some confidence that The Times would have done exactly what it did with the archive when it was supplied to us via WikiLeaks: assigned journalists to search for material of genuine public interest, taken pains to omit information that might get troops in the field or innocent informants killed, and published our reports with a flourish. The documents would have made news - big news.
Pfc. Bradley Manning on Thursday confessed in open court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, saying that he wanted the information to become public "to make the world a better place."
Military prosecutors preparing to try Pfc. Bradley Manning said on Wednesday that they would introduce evidence that Osama bin Laden requested and received from a Qaeda member some of the State Department cables and military reports that Private Manning is accused of passing to WikiLeaks.
Supervisors at the Marines Quantico brig imprisoned Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of secret government documents to WikiLeaks, in unduly harsh and restrictive conditions over nearly nine months for no legitimate nonpunitive reason, his lawyer argued on Tuesday at the conclusion of a pretrial hearing.
Saturday s proceedings, on the fifth day of the hearing, focused on the events of January 18, 2011, when Manning broke down and began crying after falling while guards were removing his shackles in an exercise room. Defense attorneys allege that Manning became especially distraught that day because guards were bullying him. Manning himself testified earlier that his guards seemed angry on the morning the incident occurred, making him nervous. One of Manning s guards at the time, former Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jonathan Cline, acknowledged in his testimony that military personnel at Quantico had been irritated by a pro-Manning protest a day before the incident in the exercise room. The protest had snarled traffic around Quantico.
An Army private charged with sending U.S secrets to the website WikiLeaks had a history of suicidal thoughts and aloof behavior that outweighed a psychiatrist's opinion that he was no risk to intentionally hurt himself, two former counselors testified Sunday.
When asked why he never complained about his restrictive status to his family during visits, Manning's voice hitched and his face got red. "I didn't want them to worry about me," he said. He added that he worried that he would not be allowed to have visitors if he complained.
An Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified documents in United States history testified Thursday that he felt like a doomed, caged animal after he was arrested in Baghdad and accused of sending the military and diplomatic documents to the secret-spilling Web site WikiLeaks.
Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been imprisoned for nine months on charges of handing government files to WikiLeaks, has not even been tried let alone convicted. Yet the military has been treating him abusively, in a way that conjures creepy memories of how the Bush administration used to treat terror suspects. Inexplicably, it appears to have President Obama s support to do so.
A military document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act identifies Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as an "enemy" - but the Pentagon insists that was not intended as a legal designation of him per se. Air Force counter-intelligence documents obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald suggest that military personnel who contact Wikileaks could be charged with "communicating with the enemy."
There have been a handful of small rallies in support of Mr. Assange s asylum and against Britain s bullying. Last Sunday, a half-dozen activists showed up at the main square in Quito, Independence Plaza, taking turns holding up a large banner that said Welcome Assange and another one calling for a ban on bullfighting. Felipe Ogaz, 34, one of the activists, said that he would gladly offer Mr. Assange the use of the couch in his two-room apartment, if he ever made it to Ecuador. "He is an icon who has made Ecuador be seen not just as a small country but as something important," said Patricio Melo, 26, a student who passed by and took a couple of posters of Mr. Assange.
Beyond the reach of police officers waiting to arrest him and with hundreds of supporters looking on, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, took to the balcony of Ecuador s embassy here on Sunday to condemn the United States government and cast himself as one of the world s most persecuted whistle-blowers.
The story of WikiLeaks, once an exciting tale of overcoming government secrecy and empowering online activists and journalists, is now a story primarily concerned with the vagaries of diplomatic immunity, British-Ecuadorean relations, and Swedish rape laws. It's a safe bet that it's not the scenario that Julian Assange -- who is reportedly now holed up in a windowless backroom of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, sleeping on an air mattress -- had in mind when he founded the whistle-blowing website six years ago.
Ecuador's government offered asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, on Thursday. But the British government will not allow him safe passage out of their country where he's been living in the Ecuadorian embassy for the past 60 days.
A new release of stolen corporate e-mails by WikiLeaks has set off a flurry of concern and speculation around the world about a counterterrorist software program called TrapWire, which analyzes images from surveillance cameras and other data to try to identify terrorists planning attacks
As the Boeing 777 from London arrived at the gate of Guarulhos International Airport in S o Paulo on December 2, 2010, its passengers queued up to deplane, many with the local newspaper under their arm. "Brazil fears terrorism at the 2016 Olympics, says US Embassy" blared the headline of the daily Folha de S. Paulo - a front-page story generated from the first of tens of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables obtained and released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. Unnoticed among those passengers was a young woman with a backpack slung over her shoulder. Concealed within a bundle of messy clothing inside her bag was a pen drive containing nearly 3,000 sensitive cables to and from the US Embassy and consulates in Brazil between 2003 and 2010 - a cache of documents provided by WikiLeaks
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been seeking political asylum in Ecuador, has hired a legal advisor best known for ordering the arrest of the former Chilean military leader Augusto Pinochet in 1998. Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino confirmed Assange's hire of Spanish jurist Baltasar Garz n, a human rights investigator, on Tuesday.
David House, a friend of WikiLeaks alleged source Bradley Manning who first met the young Army private at a hacker space in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has published a detailed account of his interrogation by prosecutors. House doesn t say much in that questioning: He confirms his name and birthdate, and otherwise invokes the fifth amendment against self incrimination to avoid responding. But the questions themselves shed light on an investigation that has otherwise taken place almost entirely in secret, and show that the prosecution may be digging into Bradley Manning s ties to a group of Boston hackers who attended BUILDS, a hackerspace House founded.
Kim Kardashian's ascendance to the presidency is about as likely as the notion that WikiLeaks harmed U.S. national security, lawyers for Pfc. Bradley Manning argued in a defense brief released Wednesday. "Anything 'could' happen - the world 'could' end tomorrow; Kim Kardashian 'could' be elected president of the United States of America; I 'could' win the lottery," Coombs wrote. "These are not the types of 'could' that 18 U.S.C. Section 793 contemplates."
WikiLeaks, the online leak group, said Thursday that it would begin releasing a cache of more than 2.4 million e-mails between Syrian politicians, government officials and companies dating from 2006 until March of this year.
A series of cables from diplomats at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana a few years ago indicates that at the time they found no direct evidence of money laundering in Cuba, but said the island has one of the world s most secretive banking systems. Two of the U.S. diplomatic reports, which were made public by WikiLeaks, were replies to State Department queries sent to all U.S. embassies in 2008 and 2009 on how their host governments were handling measures on fighting money laundering and combating financing of terrorism.
Ecuador's foreign minister said Tuesday that WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge in the South American nation's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Ecuador is weighing the request.
Britain s highest court ruled on Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, should be deported to Sweden to face allegations of sexual abuse there, but Mr. Assange s lawyers won an immediate stay of at least two weeks before British officials can initiate the final steps to hand him over to Stockholm