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posted by chromas on Wednesday August 01 2018, @01:31PM   Printer-friendly
from the delete-this dept.

Activist publishes 11,000 Wikileaks Twitter direct messages

An activist has published 11,000 direct messages on Twitter between the Wikileaks account and a group of its supporters. The direct messages were published by Emma Best on her own website. Her Twitter account states that she is a journalist on the East Coast. Best has been critical of Wikileaks and has advocated for government transparency. Some of the direct messages were previously published, but this is the first time all of the direct messages have been posted.

The messages show that Wikileaks wanted the GOP to defeat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential elections. "We believe it would be much better for the GOP to win," the Wikileaks account states to a supporter named "Emmy B" in one of the messages from 2015.

Why would they do that?

Clinton: I don't recall joking about droning Julian Assange


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Wednesday August 01 2018, @02:13PM

    by Thexalon (636) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 01 2018, @02:13PM (#715673)

    I've encountered more than a few people, mostly die-hard Democrats, who want Assange either in jail or dead for actions that aren't crimes, and aren't in US jurisdiction even if they are crimes.

    Publishing formerly classified documents? Not a crime.
    Publishing documents obtained from a mysterious third party? Not a crime.
    Publishing documents that embarrass a presidential candidate? Definitely not a crime.
    Wanting a presidential candidate to win or lose? If this is a crime, then we're not remotely a democracy.

    But that doesn't matter to these partisan hacks who think that party loyalty is more important than the rule of law. That thinking is downright dangerous, and was a hallmark of every totalitarian state ever.

    As for Hillary Clinton, I find it interesting that she's gone from complaining about a vast right-wing conspiracy that was trying to remove Bill and her in the 1990's to complaining about an even more vast global conspiracy that was trying to prevent her from becoming president. In both cases, it's poor excuse-making for stupid behavior: Bill could have stopped the impeachment process by not sexually harassing his employees. And Hillary could have stopped the hacking from being any sort of problem if their campaign discussions hadn't contained a lot of dirt - imagine thousands of emails of policy wonkery and serious analysis of voter desires became public.

    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
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