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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.

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

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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Wednesday September 19 2018, @03:55PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday September 19 2018, @03:55PM (#737077)

    The DCCC is controlled more by Nancy Pelosi than Hillary Clinton. Which explains why she's remained the leader of the Democrats in the House despite constantly losing election after election and being completely unable to articulate a coherent platform: She buys off her caucus with DCCC money, and if anyone refuses to play ball they'll be facing an extremely well-funded candidate in the primary. She does this because she receives more donation cash as minority leader than she would as a backbencher in a Democratic majority. Also worth mentioning is that the DCCC and DNC are supposed to remain neutral in House primaries, but have decidedly not been [].

    The DSCC also has a similar relationship with Chuck Schumer, but the senate has fewer races in play each year and fewer primary challenges. However, a very notable case occurred in 2006: In Connecticut, a primary challenger took on Joe Lieberman, and won against pretty much all odds. The DNC, DSCC, and national Democratic leaders pulled out all the stops in the general election to back the now-independent Lieberman against their own party's candidate. There was absolutely no excuse for it - the Republicans had zero chance of winning the seat. Which makes that race a perfect demonstration of exactly what the Democrats think of their own voters.

    As for Hillary Clinton, I sincerely hope she considers herself retired from politics. The worst possible move she could make is trying to run again. Of course, she's not exactly what I'd call a brilliant political strategist.

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