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posted by janrinok on Sunday August 12 2018, @12:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the wasn't-expecting-that dept.

DNC serves WikiLeaks with lawsuit via Twitter

The Democratic National Committee on Friday officially served its lawsuit to WikiLeaks via Twitter, employing a rare method to serve its suit to the elusive group that has thus far been unresponsive.

As CBS News first reported last month, the DNC filed a motion with a federal court in Manhattan requesting permission to serve its complaint to WikiLeaks on Twitter, a platform the DNC argued the website uses regularly. The DNC filed a lawsuit in April against the Trump campaign, Russian government and WikiLeaks, alleging a massive conspiracy to tilt the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor.

All of the DNC's attempts to serve the lawsuit via email failed, the DNC said in last month's motion to the judge, which was ultimately approved.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy for six years, is considering an offer to appear before a U.S. Senate committee to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, his lawyer said on Thursday.

WikiLeaks published a letter from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday which asked Assange to make himself available to testify in person at a closed hearing as part of its investigation into whether Moscow meddled to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. "The U.S. Senate Select Committee request confirms their interest in hearing from Mr Assange," lawyer Jennifer Robinson said in a statement.

Julian Assange 'seriously considering' request to meet US Senate committee

Lawyers for Julian Assange say they are "seriously considering" a request from a US Senate committee to interview the WikiLeaks founder as part of its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

The Senate select committee on intelligence has written to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living for more than six years.

[...] The chairman of the committee, Richard Burr, wrote: "As you are aware, the Senate select committee on intelligence is conducting a bipartisan inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. As part of that inquiry, the committee requests that you make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location."

The ultimate irony would involve Julian Assange avoiding Metropolitan Police arrest by somehow fleeing to the United States.

See also: Mueller subpoenas Randy Credico, who Roger Stone says was his WikiLeaks back channel

Previously: DNC's Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks is an Attack on Freedom of the Press

Related: Prominent Whistleblowers and Journalists Defend Julian Assange at Online Vigil
Ecuador Reportedly Almost Ready to Hand Julian Assange Over to UK Authorities


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:24AM (17 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:24AM (#720398)

    So you're OK with a major political party aiding and benefiting from coordinated attacks against our voting systems by a foreign government? Or using said foreign government as a tool to commit hacking and phishing attacks against political opponents?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:34AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:34AM (#720400)

    What attack against a voting system? And what defense against actual hacking has been implemented?

    From what Ive read the voting systems have only gotten more shady. Eg: https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=27019&page=1&cid=719186#commentwrap [soylentnews.org]

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Gaaark on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:43AM (9 children)

    by Gaaark (41) on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:43AM (#720405) Journal

    No,
    AMERICA is okay with governments using coordinated attacks on governments.
    AMERICA is okay with commiting hacking and phishing attacks against political opponents.

    AMERICA does it ALL the time with foreign elections, but GOD FUCKING FORBID it happens to them!
    Harumph harumph, this is the U the S of the fucking A! You can't do that! Amuricah!

    Americans need to sit the fuck down and look at themselves: how many of their and the world's problems are because THEY interfere where they shouldn't.

    America needs to go sit in the corner with a dunce cap on until they can get their shit together and be a good little country.

    Read on,
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/13/the-long-history-of-the-u-s-interfering-with-elections-elsewhere/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.94583b48d11e [washingtonpost.com]

      But, "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?"

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:47AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:47AM (#720409)

      Well there is a disconnect, and it starts with the word "classified".

      • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:52AM (1 child)

        by Gaaark (41) on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:52AM (#720414) Journal

        Good non answer.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @07:14AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @07:14AM (#720489)

          transparency, the people don't actually know what is being done by their country

      • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday August 13 2018, @12:56AM

        by hemocyanin (186) on Monday August 13 2018, @12:56AM (#720772) Journal

        I've got a few grams of sulfur you could pretend is yellowcake if you want.

    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:22AM (1 child)

      by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:22AM (#720443) Homepage Journal

      But when Daniel Ortega and the Communists were voted out of office in Nicaragua, the US gave Ortega's opponent vast sums of campaign financing.

      I'd like to see that outlawed - donations to foreign campaigns.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:49PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:49PM (#720559)

        Would be nice if that were true. It is what Article 1 says. But it is not what SCOTUS says. PACS can take foreign money and they don't have to disclose doners. Public corporations act in the feduciary interest of stockholders, which are multinational in most cases. And they get to donate directly to politicians.

        So while Article 1 says they can't accept foreign money. SCOTUS has said, for all practical purposes, they can. But hey, that isn't the only part of the document that is regularly used for judicial toilet paper. So don't let it spoil your mood.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:27AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:27AM (#720458) Journal

      how many of their and the world's problems are because THEY interfere where they shouldn't.

      Ottoman empire, Israel, Iran (repeatedly), Iraq, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, every banana republic in the western hemisphere, the list goes on and on.

      I might point out that some of that meddling was in response to the Soviet manipulating us like an old whore might manipulate a teenage boy raging with hormones.

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by edIII on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:51AM (1 child)

      by edIII (791) on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:51AM (#720468)

      Regardless, if a foreign country attacked the voting infrastructure and interfered that way, it constitutes an act of war IMO. We should take it seriously, regardless of how shitty we've been in the past, because we actually do need to move forward. Either that, or America is going to splinter and/or morph into something decidedly diverged from our American principles we started with.

      However, more and more it simply looked like we got played, and handed them all the ammunition and weapons on silver platters. We gave all of our information to Facebook, unloaded all our pettiness, ugliness, and weaknesses on Twitter, used the Internet to treat each other like shit.

      They took that and played us against each other like a fiddle. We're still dancing, and we're still getting played.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @05:04AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @05:04AM (#720472)

        However, more and more it simply looked like we got played, and handed them all the ammunition and weapons on silver platters. We gave all of our information to Facebook, unloaded all our pettiness, ugliness, and weaknesses on Twitter, used the Internet to treat each other like shit.

        They took that and played us against each other like a fiddle. We're still dancing, and we're still getting played.

        I dont like how this post morphs in to talking about "we" and "us".

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:21AM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:21AM (#720456) Journal

    I am far more comfortable with a foreign attack against our voting system, than I am with domestic attacks. Any attack by Russia, real or imagined, is far less dangerous to our system than the DNC's attacks from within.

    Have you ever read any war stories? Do you have any idea how complicated war is? Or, not even a whole war, just a campaign within the war. You have enemies outside your perimeter, and everyone is primed to deal with those enemies. But, what about the spy within, who is sabotaging your efforts? How do you defend against that damned spy? It's tough. One spy can do more damage than thousands of enemies on the battlefield. An internal traitor has access to assets that none of those external enemies can possibly use.

    Are YOU comfortable with traitors and internal enemies manipulating our voting system?

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by fadrian on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:06PM (1 child)

      by fadrian (3194) on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:06PM (#720565) Homepage

      I am far more comfortable with a foreign attack against our voting system, than I am with domestic attacks. Any attack by Russia, real or imagined, is far less dangerous to our system than the DNC's attacks from within.

      Then you are a fool. The Russians are much more dangerous than the clowns who run the DNC. And frankly, siding with a bunch of oligarchic Republicans and Russians over a bunch of oligarchic Democrats never sounded like a great strategy anyway. Within twenty years it will all be over anyway - either the demographic shifts will occur that will ensure that the Republican party is a permanent minority party or the US will turn into an apartheid state where minority rule triumphs and no one with a conscience will actually want to live. I now know which one you wish for.

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      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:02PM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:02PM (#720593) Journal

        Why do you hate the Russians so much? The Soviet was my enemy. The Russian people were never my enemy. You sound vaguely like Ethanol Fueled, with your undying hatred of a people. I have an exercise for you, that might help cure, or at least dull, your hatred. Find a nice big blackboard, like we used to have in schoolrooms. You know, wall-to-wall slate. It doesn't have to be black, but black is best. Dark-gree-almost-black is good, and dark-blue-almost-black is good. Don't settle for some bullshit imitation white-board though. It's got to be a blackboard. You're going to write out, 100 times, "Soviet bad, Russkie good."

        Repeat the exercise twice a day for the next 365 days, or longer if necesary. And, no, there is no need to shake before exercising. Just have a single beer after the exercise, and go on about your business.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @06:53AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @06:53AM (#720487)

    I don't care how the DNC emails were obtained, since they should have been released anyway. The People have a right to know about corruption. I wish the same would happen to the RNC.

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:34PM (1 child)

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:34PM (#720581) Journal

    Israel has been doing that left, right, center, inside, and outside to the USA for decades, with no such outcry whatsoever. Their lobby, AIPAC, is universally rated as the third most powerful in America, behind the AARP and the NRA. Where are the breathless pundits hyperventilating over the threat to American democracy that that is? They have their hooks into so many levels of our society, and evenbrazenly stole our nuclear technology and used it to build 200 nuclear weapons, but we haven't nuked them off the face of the planet. Why is that?

    People puffing and moaning about "Russian interference" in US elections in the form of $100K in Facebook ads need to ponder those questions and promptly shut the hell up, unless they begin militating against Israel's foreign meddling in American elections with equal or greater fervor.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:37PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:37PM (#720600)

      Sorry, if you ask for any consistency or prioritization its called "whataboutism" to these people.

      On the good side, the lack of any application of rational thought is why these organizations they (supposedly) support or are financed by are dying.