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posted by martyb on Tuesday September 18 2018, @11:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the Leaked-leaks? dept.

WikiLeaks founder sought Russian visa in 2010, per AP report

The Associated Press has published a cache of 10 documents that it says are part of a leaked "larger trove of WikiLeaks emails, chat logs, financial records, secretly recorded footage, and other documents." AP reporter Raphael Satter declined to elaborate as to how much more material the AP had or why that material was not being released now.

Among those documents is a purported November 30, 2010 effort by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to seek a Russian visa via its London consulate. That's just a week before Assange surrendered to British authorities who sought him for questioning on behalf of Swedish prosecutors who wanted him on allegations of sexual misconduct. By June 2012, Assange had entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has remained since. Assange has denied any wrongdoing in the Swedish case.

[...] This cache adds intrigue to WikiLeaks' and Assange's ongoing saga. Numerous media outlets reported early last month that Assange's days in the embassy are numbered and that the Ecuadorian authorities could boot him soon. "The files provide both an intimate look at the radical transparency organization and an early hint of Assange's budding relationship with Moscow," Satter wrote.

[...] For its part, WikiLeaks responded shortly after the Associated Press story went live on Monday morning by suggesting that, at a minimum, the visa application document was false, tweeting at numerous media outlets:

Mr. Assange did not apply for such a visa at any time or author the document. The source is document fabricator & paid FBI informant Sigurdur Thordarson who was sentenced to prison for fabricating docs impersonating Assange, multiple frauds & pedophilllia. https://t.co/xzMfhctFx4

Related: Ecuador Reportedly Almost Ready to Hand Julian Assange Over to UK Authorities


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Wednesday September 19 2018, @11:52AM (4 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Wednesday September 19 2018, @11:52AM (#737002) Journal

    Lies don't spread like that. Salacious lies do.

    Meanwhile, fact checking has always been hard, and Millenials don't do hard. They might have to look something up in a library, or call somebody, or, ugh, travel to interview somebody (then they'll have to bag on the jello-fest performance art at Galapagos this weekend, which is total oh noes).

    This lie, in particular, is a stupid lie built on top of a stupid narrative that Russians are some n-dimensional chess players pulling on every string, undermining American democracy, when they can't even run their own country or find a way to extend the average life expectancy of their men past 66 years old by having them not drink themselves to death on bootleg vodka. A country that cannot manage to keep their most valuable geopolitical asset, nuclear ICBMs, in silos that do not fill up with water is not a country that can do anything like what the Establishment wants us to believe.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @02:29PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @02:29PM (#737040)

    Meanwhile, fact checking has always been hard, and Millenials don't do hard.

    Ah, that explains our resident carrion bird!

    Damn "Millenials!"

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @03:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @03:34PM (#737072)

      He has joined the forces of poop and refuses to accept responsibility for his own faults. I predict millenials will finally fix the world once these dinos finally over-botox.

  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Wednesday September 19 2018, @04:16PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday September 19 2018, @04:16PM (#737087)

    Meanwhile, fact checking has always been hard, and Millenials don't do hard.

    That's not really a millennial thing: As you point out, fact-checking has always been hard, which is why propaganda has always existed. It's been particularly sophisticated since the work of Edward Bernays, who applied psychology to train politicians, PR flaks, business executives, and advertisers on exactly how to bypass humans' rational brains to convince them to believe whatever they've been told to believe.

    And the simplest example of how effective propaganda is: Most Americans throughout the Cold War thought that they were on defense, when in fact they were mostly on offense.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @11:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @11:32PM (#737296)

    According to Fox News, all of the accusations against President Trump are also fake news.

    Why do you trust RT's reporting at face value? For that matter, why do you trust Assange's denial of the story at face value? And does that same logic apply to President Trump when he denies reports of various things?