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posted by martyb on Friday October 27 2017, @09:55AM   Printer-friendly
from the the-internet-never-forgets dept.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has confirmed that he received an email from the chief executive of data firm Cambridge Analytica inquiring about Hillary Clinton's deleted emails:

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday that he had rebuffed a request for help last year from the head of a data firm that worked for Donald J. Trump and is now facing congressional scrutiny.

On Twitter, Mr. Assange said he had been approached before the 2016 election by Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Mr. Trump during the final months of the campaign. Mr. Assange did not disclose what kind of help Mr. Nix sought, only that he had declined the request. "I can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica," Mr. Assange wrote, "and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks."

But The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday that Mr. Nix had emailed Mr. Assange looking for copies of more than 30,000 emails that were deleted from Hillary Clinton's private server and never publicly released. Mrs. Clinton has said that the emails were personal in nature.

[...] It is also unclear why Mr. Nix would have believed that Mr. Assange had copies of the missing emails. Earlier last year, WikiLeaks had posted a searchable database of more than 50,000 emails from Mrs. Clinton's private server, all of them previously released by the State Department. But Mr. Trump himself seemed eager to find the missing emails: At a campaign rally in July, Mr. Trump publicly asked Russia to obtain the deleted emails.

"There's no such thing as a dumb question." :-) 😂😂😂

Also at The Guardian, CNN, The Hill, and Politico.

Previously: Assange Thanks USA for Forcing Him to Invest in Booming Bitcoin


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From the Law of Unintended Consequences:

Endurance couch-surfer and WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange has thanked US authorities for the banking blockade that made it hard to donate fiat currencies to his organisation, because it inadvertently enriched the organisation.

The blockade first appeared in 2010, after the United States expressed its ire at WikiLeaks' publication of diplomatic cables. Not long afterwards, Mastercard and Visa stopped processing donations sent to the site.

WikiLeaks sued and won against Visa, but the blockade persisted. The organisation therefore sought alternative funding including Bitcoin.

Which brings us to an Assange Tweet from Sunday, as follows.

My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin -- with > 50000% return. pic.twitter.com/9i8D69yxLC
        — Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) October 14, 2017

> 50,000%?


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  • (Score: 2, Troll) by realDonaldTrump on Friday October 27 2017, @11:53AM (5 children)

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 27 2017, @11:53AM (#588184) Homepage Journal

    Boy, that Wikileaks has done a job on her, hasn’t it? I’ll tell you, this Wikileaks stuff is unbelievable. It tells you the inner heart, you gotta read it and you gotta maybe get it because they’re not putting it out. They want to put it out but they can’t do that because without the media and without the press #CrookedHillary is nothing. Zero. And the press forgot her birthday. That's right, she had a birthday, one of many, yesterday. But nobody remembered because I released the #JFKFiles (so interesting). Released some of the JFK files. I kept them in suspense! A promise kept. And everybody forgot her birthday. Because she's no JFK, believe me. Sad & lonely, not presidential at all! She’s nothing, OK? She’s nothing.

    We dodged a bullet, folks. If #CrookedHillary had won, we would be on a fast track to war with Russia right now. She made that perfectly clear. And she sold them a huge percentage of our uranium. Big problem for our nuclear arsenal. Look at the Clinton Foundation, very very crooked. Then look at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, amazing work! #CrookedHillary had a private EMAIL server. From which she deleted many, many EMAILS. Left them out for hackers to find, and dleted them. No private EMAIL servers in my administration ever! pic.twitter.com/uKh5sCFfrv [t.co] #MAGA 🇺🇸

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    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @12:54PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @12:54PM (#588197)

      I'm going out on a limb here to suggest that you are a person with a lot of free time on your hands.

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @08:23PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @08:23PM (#588409)

        >> a person with a lot of free time

        You are correct, and that is exactly why you should play along without being too conspicuously patronizing. The posts are cringeworthy but consider the broader perspective:

        This is an individual who dedicates a ridiculous amount of time to writing first-person fanfiction.

        Everyone should be relieved this person is not spending that time driving around in a van promising candy to young children. After the initial face-palm when seeing the username, I just skip reading any of the text and may occasionally reply with words of encouragement -- knowing full well what the alternative may be.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @04:10PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @04:10PM (#588274)

      Why haven't you tweeted that Hillary shot JFK yet?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @09:28PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @09:28PM (#588436)

        Because he already accused Ted Cruz's father of being involved [nytimes.com]

        • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Saturday October 28 2017, @03:48AM

          by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 28 2017, @03:48AM (#588551) Homepage Journal

          I said he colluded, I didn't say he helped with the shooting. Never said that. But these documents are full of surprises. Lots of surprises, folks. Enjoy!

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by c0lo on Friday October 27 2017, @11:53AM (14 children)

    by c0lo (156) on Friday October 27 2017, @11:53AM (#588185)

    If russian influence in US politics is bad, why a british company influencing the same is good?

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Thexalon on Friday October 27 2017, @03:38PM (9 children)

      by Thexalon (636) on Friday October 27 2017, @03:38PM (#588259) Homepage

      Because the Russians are an Official Enemy Of the United States, that's why. It's sort of like how we all get up in arms about North Korea's nukes, but not Israel's, India's, or Pakistan's.

      And if you're an Official Enemy and aren't actually doing anything wrong, don't worry, the US intel agencies will make something up.

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      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 27 2017, @04:18PM (8 children)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 27 2017, @04:18PM (#588282) Journal

        It's sort of like how we all get up in arms about North Korea's nukes, but not Israel's, India's, or Pakistan's.

        We're currently at war with only one of those countries.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @04:22PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @04:22PM (#588288)

          Yeah, well, the other three are at war with us, sending all those terrorists around the globe, and on our dime.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by bob_super on Friday October 27 2017, @05:55PM (6 children)

          by bob_super (1357) on Friday October 27 2017, @05:55PM (#588333)

          Nope, despite how often we bomb and invade them, we're not at war with Pakistan. Scaring them all with random drone patrols and bombings on their weddings because of their supposed support for some ideology is "anti-terrorism operations", not war.
          The US hasn't declared war on anyone in a really really long time.

          • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 27 2017, @06:12PM (3 children)

            by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 27 2017, @06:12PM (#588344) Journal

            The US hasn't declared war on anyone in a really really long time.

            We haven't declared peace with anyone in a really long time either.

            The answer is North Korea. [bbc.com]

            • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Friday October 27 2017, @06:25PM (1 child)

              by bob_super (1357) on Friday October 27 2017, @06:25PM (#588348)
              • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Friday October 27 2017, @07:23PM

                by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 27 2017, @07:23PM (#588378) Homepage Journal

                #LittleRocketMan thinks I declared war on him. I haven't yet. But follow me on Twitter -- it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. 🇺🇸

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            • (Score: 3, Interesting) by cubancigar11 on Saturday October 28 2017, @05:34AM

              by cubancigar11 (330) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 28 2017, @05:34AM (#588584) Homepage Journal

              Pakistan consists of rather rich, rather "I drink at my home but talk about Sharia in the morning" religious people who live in a small area of Pakistan called Punjab and who control all the wealth and power. They are friends of the Washington since the days of NATO.

              The rest of the Pakistan is illiterate bunch of villagers who used to give shelter to mujahedins with full support of Punjab and the Washington. You know, the freedom-fighters from all across the world used to come there and get free training in guerrilla warfare. And it was all good...

              Then after 9/11 Washington decided to leave these mujahedins to the lurch. Important note: Punjab maintains its control by pointing out the common enemy India. To do that it needs to constantly fund the "freedom fighters" in Kashmir and others parts of India. As Paskitani economy tanks, it needs to pump more money into this fight. So it needs Washington's support. Long story short, they let Washington bomb the people who suddenly found themselves sheltering "terrorists".

              The back-stabbing is felt by all the villagers in that area and is loudened by each drone strike, which begets bombing against Punjabi profeeters, and so even more drone strikes.

              Is Pakistan an enemy of USA? A dog gets into a fight to save its master, and contacts rabies.

          • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Friday October 27 2017, @09:51PM (1 child)

            by Thexalon (636) on Friday October 27 2017, @09:51PM (#588443) Homepage

            I always found it rather odd that Afghanistan was accused of harboring Osama bin Laden and attacked, while Pakistan was actually harboring Osama bin Laden and has not had its government overthrown. It's almost as if the real goal was putting a Unocal executive in charge so he could approve an oil pipeline that the Taliban had been reluctant to allow.

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            • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Friday October 27 2017, @10:04PM

              by bob_super (1357) on Friday October 27 2017, @10:04PM (#588448)

              > Afghanistan was accused of harboring Osama bin Laden and attacked, while Pakistan was actually harboring Osama bin Laden and has not had its government overthrown

              As Mr Kim would say: it's amazing how much respect a few nukes buy you.
              Add a population over 200 million ...

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 27 2017, @04:02PM (3 children)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 27 2017, @04:02PM (#588269) Journal

      Americans hired some Brits to write a paper.

      Russia directly interfered with our election.

      Your equivalency is false.

      • (Score: 1, Troll) by Yog-Yogguth on Friday October 27 2017, @07:57PM (2 children)

        by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 27 2017, @07:57PM (#588397) Homepage Journal

        I've interfered more with your election than the Russian government simply by speaking my mind.

        People like you could even claim that any donations I've made to SoylentNews were all about influencing the US election! :D

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        • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 27 2017, @09:00PM (1 child)

          by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 27 2017, @09:00PM (#588425) Journal

          I've interfered more with your election than the Russian government simply by speaking my mind.

          You didn't penetrate the email servers of our political parties. You didn't attempt to penetrate State Election Commission servers.

          • (Score: 2) by Yog-Yogguth on Saturday October 28 2017, @01:14PM

            by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 28 2017, @01:14PM (#588663) Homepage Journal

            I'm thinking most people realize you're pushing the US government narrative of 100% lies, half truths, and bullshit.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @12:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @12:46PM (#588193)

    But there is such a thing as dumb people asking questions.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by fustakrakich on Friday October 27 2017, @04:18PM (2 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Friday October 27 2017, @04:18PM (#588281) Journal

    For a "whistleblowing" site these people are pretty secretive.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 27 2017, @04:22PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 27 2017, @04:22PM (#588287) Journal

      For a "whistleblowing" site these people are pretty secretive.

      When it comes to Russia, they don't want to know about it. [foreignpolicy.com]

      And when they do know about it, they don't release it. [dailydot.com]

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @04:25PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27 2017, @04:25PM (#588289)

      What an amazingly short-sighted comment. Whistleblowers tend to suffer massive punishment for speaking out. Decent sites that disseminate information provided by whistleblowers will take steps to prevent significant information disclosure, particularly in regards to that which can be used to identify whistleblowers. There should be an incredible amount of secrecy in regards to the operation of a whistleblowing site.

      That wikileaks may be dabbling in politics in this case has no bearing on the ludicrousness of your tiny comment.

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