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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: 4, Insightful) by ikanreed on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:22PM (3 children)

    by ikanreed (3164) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 12 2018, @02:22PM (#720548) Journal

    Mostly harmless?

    I can't actually think of a bone-headed and/or evil idea of his that he hasn't been allowed to implement besides the stupid wall.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Sulla on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:46PM (2 children)

    by Sulla (5173) on Sunday August 12 2018, @03:46PM (#720586) Journal

    One of the biggest things that Trump has done this presidency is stop the US funding of Syrian rebels and white helmets allowing the situation to deescalate. There are some pros and cons that people will care about depending on their political affiliation
    Assad wasn't actually that bad. Look at the stats for women education, religious freedom, violence, as far as dictators go he was doing pretty well.
    Assad as a strongman kept the region in check
    Assad destabilized allowed ISIS and other "bad" groups to really take hold, this is bad for us
    Israel doesn't like him
    Can't make money selling weapons if the world isn't at war.

    I think keeping the US from getting bogged down in another Syrian state more than it already was would have been a huge mistake, somehow managing to avoid that is one of the best things he has done.

    Ceterum censeo Sinae esse delendam
    • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Monday August 13 2018, @05:21PM (1 child)

      by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 13 2018, @05:21PM (#721055) Homepage Journal

      Do you mean "*Letting* the US get bogged down..." would have been a huge mistake?

      • (Score: 1) by Sulla on Monday August 13 2018, @05:35PM

        by Sulla (5173) on Monday August 13 2018, @05:35PM (#721059) Journal

        That last sentence of mine was a complete mess.

        Ceterum censeo Sinae esse delendam