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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: 5, Interesting) by Gaaark on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:28AM (9 children)

    by Gaaark (41) on Sunday August 12 2018, @01:28AM (#720399) Journal

    America doesn't mind interfering in other countries elections, but wtf, Russkies?....

    America uses election systems that are WIDE OPEN to hacking or fraud, then cry when there is possible evidence of hacking or fraud....

    And the DNC watch as Hillary fucks Bernie yet STILL put her out as an acceptable candidate....

    But wilileaks is the bad guy.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:03AM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:03AM (#720422)

    The funny thing about the alleged interference is that no fraud was required. And so far, hacking has been alleged but not proven. There are plausible alternative explanations how the information could have gotten out, like a whistleblower. A hack by Russians sounds a whole lot like the kind of decoy FUD story HRC would use for damage control. Wasn't there something about her government infosec malpractice to sweep under the rug too? Hmmm....

    And excuse me while I recalibrate my sarcasm detector, but how the fuck is it "interference" to just expose the truth [about the DNC]? It's what any "legacy" journalist worth their salt would have done, had the information been given to them. If we consider the whistleblower theory, would it still be interference?

    If we exclude the uncertainties, like the hacking accusations and purported sponsored social media trolls, neither of which can be proven nor attributed to Russia, all that's left is an online ad campaign paid for by Russians. LOL if that is all it takes to render kaputt the greatest democracy in the world!

    Want to see how real election meddling looks like? Just ask Hillary herself, she gladly used it on other countries, not least Syria, during her tenure as a secretary of state. Things like fomenting armed rebellions of religious crazies and supplying them with weapons is the Hillary way, and she is upset with those evil Russians merely trolling her with words? The same Hillary who wouldn't mind nuclear war? Bitch puhleeze! :D

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:51AM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:51AM (#720437)

      The actually funny thing here is that there wasn't any point in the Russians rigging the election as the DNC did an extremely effective job of ensuring that the eventual GOP nominee would win the election. The only reason that the DNC was able to win the popular vote was that they chose the least qualified, most hated woman possible to run in the general election. And even that was only sufficient to win the popular vote due to the worst possible GOP candidate being the nominee, she couldn't even be bothered to give the voters a reason to vote for her or turn up in key states.

      • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Sunday August 12 2018, @06:06PM (1 child)

        by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 12 2018, @06:06PM (#720636) Journal

        I have a theory that the DNC intentionally lost the election, because they knew that economic disaster was heading right towards us, and they didn't want to be blamed. They just didn't imagine that the Republicans would also be trying to lose the election, so both sides picked candidates as repulsive as possible. I think everyone was surprised at every step along the way, that Trump won. And if they'd realized what they were getting into ahead of time, they'd have done *something* different. Perhaps support Romney under the table or something.

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        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @07:08PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @07:08PM (#720650)

          I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but everything points to the Dems actually believing in Hillary having been their best shot. First woman in office, rooted deeply in the political network of favours and blackmails that enables the continuation of the established client politics defining the status quo, appealing to both hawks and hippies.... I can guarantee that's what they got sold on, or bullied and blackmailed into accepting. Hillary was convinced that it was her turn, that she had an inalienable right to the throne. Hell she had already sold her pay to play tickets. Wonder if she refunded that shit. Anyway, she'll have moved heaven and hell and curried every owed favour to get the party fully behind her and make. it. happen. No way were they trying to lose, because had Hillary found out, she'd have utterly destroyed those responsible. And she's pretty fucking scary.

          But nice conspiracy theory.

          Here's another one: there never was any hacking, but someone in the DNC grew a conscience and passed those files under the guise of a "hacker" so noone, especially not Hillary, would suspect a staffer. Because see above.

          I've just read the Mueller indictment [] and they have nothing. No concrete dates for anything, even those events that would be easy to forensically nail down had they really happend. Just a collection of fuzzy hand-wringing accusations but wholly without substance, I could have written a better crime novel in 4th grade.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 13 2018, @02:03AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 13 2018, @02:03AM (#720785)

        I think you mean despite having a hated candidate the DNC still won the popular vote.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by hemocyanin on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:52PM (1 child)

      by hemocyanin (186) on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:52PM (#720610) Journal

      A good article on this topic with the following 5 sections: []

      1. Proof of a hacking conspiracy to elect Trump. (these accusations are not proof - they are the "she said" part of a he said she said conflict)
      2. Proof that election meddling actually influenced the election in a meaningful way.
      3. Some reason to believe Russian election meddling was unwarranted and unacceptable.
      4. Proof that the election meddling went beyond simply giving Americans access to information about their government.
      5. A valid reason to believe escalated tensions between two nuclear superpowers are worthwhile.
      • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Sunday August 12 2018, @06:09PM

        by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 12 2018, @06:09PM (#720638) Journal

        FWIW, I consider the Russian meddling to be unwarranted and unacceptable, but I also consider the corporate meddling to unwarranted and unacceptable. And multiple actions of the FBI.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:58AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12 2018, @04:58AM (#720469)

    God...wake up and smell the napalm. Your brain has been hacked and you don't have a fucking clue.