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November 26 2013

U.S. Likely to Drop Espionage Charges Against Julian Assange

It's been almost three years since WikiLeaks started releasing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables. Shortly after the first leak, the U.S. government convened a grand jury investigation into Julian Assange and his organization, considering whether to bring criminal charges against him

That investigation seems to be coming to an end.

Anonymous U.S. officials hinted that the Justice Department is giving up on the charges against Assange for publishing the secret documents he received from Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, as first reported by The Washington Post. Read more...

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October 28 2013

Wikipedia Bans Transphobic Editors After Chelsea Manning Dispute

Wikipedia’s arbitration committee has taken action against editors who insisted that whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is transsexual, go by her former name, Bradley.

They are now prohibited from editing any page related to trans issues.

Manning is one of the most controversial American figures in recent memory, for reasons wholly unrelated to her gender identity. A former Army intelligence analyst, she leaked classified Army documents in 2010 — including video footage of a U.S. helicopter gunning down civilians — to WikiLeaks, which in turn published them wholesale. She’s currently serving a 35-year prison sentence. Read more...

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September 29 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch to Assange: 'The Fifth Estate' Won't Be That Bad

Although Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate garnered widespread acclaim, the actor had a harder time impressing one critic in particular: Assange himself.

"I tried to justify my reasons for doing the project," Cumberbatch, 37, told press at a Toronto International Film Festival roundtable earlier this month"It mattered to me a lot that he felt so passionately, but I wanted to persuade him that it wasn't necessarily going to be as bad as he feared it would be." Read more...

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WikiLeaks in 'The Fifth Estate': Reality Is More Compelling Than Fantasy

Despite presenting a nuanced look at the rise of WikiLeaks, The Fifth Estate movie suffers from a heavy-handed script that lacks subtlety and emotional heft.

Based largely on the tell-all books — Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website by former spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding — the film follows WikiLeaks' ascent from underground website to international watchdog with the power to topple governments and corporations

While it's billed as a political thriller, The Fifth Estate is also part buddy film. Director Bill Condon (Kinsey, Dreamgirls) humanizes a complicated real-life and still developing narrative by focusing on the tumultuous relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) Read more...

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August 22 2013

Bradley Manning: 'I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am a Female'

Just a day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, Private Bradley Manning released a statement expressing a desire to live as a woman.

"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female," reads a statement Manning released exclusively to NBC News.

The statement reads that Manning would like to begin implementing the change at once.

"Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible," the statement reads. "I hope that you will support me in this transition." Read more...

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August 21 2013

Manning Gets 35 Years for Spilling Secrets To WikiLeaks

Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army soldier convicted of leaking classified military secrets, has received a sentence of 35 years for passing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks. 
Eligible for parole in seven years, Manning, 25, will also get a dishonorable discharge and be busted down from private first class to private. 
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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Judge Col. Denise Lind announced the sentence around 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, almost three months after the beginning of the court martial and 1,294 days after Manning was arrested in Iraq for providing WikiLeaks with the thousands of secret documents that became the organization's most famous releases

Manning had been acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge he faced, but was found guilty of 20 other charges including of espionage at the end of July.

Manning's lawyer David E. Coombs had asked the judge for leniency and for a sentence that "doesn't rob him of his youth," arguing that Manning's leaks didn't put the United States in danger. The prosecution asked for at least 60 years in prison, saying that a long sentence would serve as a deterrent for future leakers Read more...

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August 18 2013

TIME Reporter Deletes Tweet About Killing Julian Assange

Tweeting about somebody's death by drone might come across as careless and insensitive. Especially if you are a Time magazine senior correspondent wishing for the chance to write about the death of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

That's exactly what Michael Grunwald did on Saturday night — causing so much Twitter rage that he ended up deleting the controversial comment

"I can't wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange," he wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted

Mike Grunwald's Tweet About Julian Assange

Grunwald, after receiving countless tweets criticizing his statement, decided to delete it — but only after somebody pointed out that the tweet would give ammunition to Assange supporters. Read more...

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August 12 2013

Leaked: Live Video From the Bradley Manning Trial

A new leak surfaced at the Bradley Manning trial — and not from the source of WikiLeaks' most famous releases.

The 16-second video (embedded below) shows the courtroom with Manning and the presiding judge, Col. Denise Lind.

The video was published by Australian blogger and activist Asher Wolf on Sunday

Wolf claims she received the video from an anonymous sender who didn't provider any details about the recording, according to The Daily Telegraph. The video captured the footage shown on a TV screen, presumably in one of the overflow rooms where media and public attendees who don't fit in the courtroom can follow the court martial. (Wolf didn't respond to Mashable's request for comment.) Read more...

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July 03 2013

Prosecution Rests in Bradley Manning Trial

The U.S. government rested its case in the Bradley Manning court martial on Tuesday, after five weeks of trial. This marks the end of the prosecution phase, and next week it will be Manning's lawyers turn to present their case in defense of the WikiLeaks source.

Since June 3, when Manning's trial finally started, the prosecution led by Major Ashden Fein has brought evidence and nearly 80 witnesses in its attempt to convict the source of the biggest WikiLeaks revelations on 22 charges, including espionage and "aiding the enemy."


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June 03 2013

The Bradley Manning Trial: Everything You Need to Know

Bradley Manning, the source who provided Wikileaks' most important revelations, is set to go on trial more than three years after his arrest in May 2010. His court martial is set to begin on Monday in Fort Meade, Md., and is expected to last through the summer

Much has taken place since Manning was detained in Iraq after hacker Adrian Lamo blew the whistle on him.

What Has Happened in Manning's Case So Far?

On Dec. 16, 2011, at Fort Meade, a military investigator held an "article 32" hearing — the military equivalent of preliminary hearings in civilian courts — to decide whether or not Manning's case would go to court martial. For six days, the defense and the prosecution discussed the case, bringing in a series of witnesses (including Lamo). On February 3, 2012, the military investigator determined that Manning would stand trial for all 21 charges brought forth by the U.S. government Read more...

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May 30 2013

Wikileaks Insider: Julian Assange Is Everything He Once Despised

Julian Assange "has become everything he originally, rightly, despised," according to former Wikileaks spokesperson James Ball.

Ball wrote about working for Assange and his decision to leave Wikileaks in an essay posted Thursday in The Daily Beast. The piece comes days after the release of We Steal Secrets, a Wikileaks documentary in which Ball dishes about Assange and working for Wikileaks.

Ball describes Assange as an egomaniac who destroyed Wikileaks by failing to separate the organization from the sex crime allegations made against him as an individual — for example, he says Assange tried to use Wikileaks' cash reserves (limited by financial embargoes) to post bail. Ball says he ultimately decided to leave Wikileaks after Assange and other members tried to make him sign a non-disclosure agreement limiting what he could say about the organization's work. Read more...

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August 19 2012

Assange: U.S. ‘Must Renounce Witch Hunt Against WikiLeaks’

Julian Assange called on the United States to end its "witch hunt against WikiLeaks" in his first public appearance in months.

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August 16 2012

UK Official: Assange Won’t Be Given Safe Passage From UK

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won't be granted safe passage to Ecuador from London, UK Foreign Minister William Hague said in an address Thursday afternoon.

Hague also said that the UK "does not accept the principle of diplomatic asylum," seemingly invalidating any protection that may have been offered to Assange by Ecuador's earlier decision to grant asylum to Assange.

"Even for those countries that recognize diplomatic asylum, it shouldn't be used for escaping regular process of the courts," he added.

The UK Foreign Office previously told Reuters that "British authorities are under a binding obligation to extradite him to Sweden" and that they "shall carry out that obligat…
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Granted Political Asylum by Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador, the country's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced Thursday.

However, the question remains how he will get out of the country's embassy in London without trouble from officials, who have said they plan to stop block his exit.

Assange is hoping to avoid being sent to Sweden, where he is wanted for question over claims of rape and sexual assault. He fears the country will then turn him over to the U.S.

Among the first to break the news on Twitter was @BBCBreaking.

Julian #Assange says being granted asylum by Ecuador is a "significant victory" bbc.in/OkGFDz #Wikileaks— BBC Breaking News (…
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August 15 2012

Assange Asylum Decision to be Announced Thursday

Ecuador's formal decision on the asylum request from Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, will be delivered Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. Quito local time, according to the country's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino.

Patino told reporters that his country's ambassador to the U.K. received a threat from British authorities that they may raid the Ecuadorian embassy in London to secure Assange.

Ecuadorian FM says the ambassador to London received a threatening letter from the UK govt saying the embassy may be raided— Rodrigo (@RodrigoEBR) August 15, 2012

Reports from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation sent Wednesday indicated that the asylum request had been granted,…
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8 Hilarious Tech Parody Accounts on Twitter

1. @NotZuckerberg

This hilarious parody account of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg comments on modern pop culture, but ties the conversation back to the social network.

Click here to view this gallery.

It's no secret that Twitter is a key resource to keep on top of the latest tech news, but if you're looking for a little industry comic relief, check out this slew of parody accounts worth following.

Here's a look at some of the best tech parody accounts on the web, including a spoof of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (@Julian_Ass) and a fake Mark Zuckerberg (@NotZuckerberg).

SEE ALSO: 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Daily Inspiration

What's your favorite tech parody account on Twitter? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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August 14 2012

Is the TrapWire Surveillance Network Really Evil?

Rumors and speculation about the digital surveillance system TrapWire have been flying around the web since the newfound information about the system surfaced in a recent WikiLeaks release.

Public knowledge about TrapWire is scant. But it certainly has the makings of a global security conspiracy: ex-CIA officiers, counterterrorism surveillance and mysterious private intelligence firms all play a role in the story. Some commentators have portrayed TrapWire as a 1984-style massive global network of interlinked security cameras and other watching devices.

If it sounds like the rumors are straight out of a spy novel and couldn't be real, you're probably right: The truth of TrapWire is…
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Official: Julian Assange to be Granted Asylum [UPDATED]

Embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be granted asylum to Ecuador, according to a recent report.

An Ecuadorian official who has been described as "familiar with government discussions" told The Guardian that Ecuador's government will approve Assange's request for asylum. It remains unknown, however, if he will be allowed a path to reach Ecuador from the country's embassy in London, where he's been living since mid-June.

Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, previously said that he would announce his decision about Assange's asylum request before Friday. Correa appeared as a guest on Assange's television show, World Tomorrow, in May.

Government sources also told The Guar
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WikiLeaks Resumes Operations After Massive Cyberattack

WikiLeaks is back online Tuesday morning following more than a week's worth of massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on its servers.

A hacker group calling itself "AntiLeaks" took credit for the attacks against WikiLeaks on Twitter, claiming it targeted the website because of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's ongoing efforts to seek political asylum in Ecuador.

“We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves," @antileaks said in an extended tweet.

"We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at aslyum [sic] in Ecuador. Assange is the head of a new…
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