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    Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, charged in computer hacking conspiracy. Click here for copy of the indictment:

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    Department of Justice
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    Eastern District of Virginia
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer.

    According to court documents unsealed today, the charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.

    The indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications. Manning, who had access to the computers in connection with her duties as an intelligence analyst, was using the computers to download classified records to transmit to WikiLeaks. Cracking the password would have allowed Manning to log on to the computers under a username that did not belong to her. Such a deceptive measure would have made it more difficult for investigators to determine the source of the illegal disclosures.

    During the conspiracy, Manning and Assange engaged in real-time discussions regarding Manning’s transmission of classified records to Assange. The discussions also reflect Assange actively encouraging Manning to provide more information. During an exchange, Manning told Assange that “after this upload, that’s all I really have got left.” To which Assange replied, “curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”

    Assange is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

    G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the charges were unsealed. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kellen S. Dwyer, Thomas W. Traxler and Gordon D. Kromberg, and Trial Attorneys Matthew R. Walczewski and Nicholas O. Hunter of the Justice Department’s National Security Division are prosecuting the case.

    The extradition will be handled by the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

    A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:18-cr-111.

    An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr...ing-conspiracy



    Paula Slier
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    #Breaking: Julian #Assange has pleaded not guilty to failing to surrender to bail.
    The #WikiLeaks founder was arrested by #British police for the bail breach, and following a #US extradition request on charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion with Chelsea #Manning.



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    #BREAKING | #Assange faces a maximum prison sentence of five years, the Justice Department said in a statement. #LeninMoreno #Ecuador #WikiLeaks

    Gore Vidal’s ‘Security State’ Book: Why Is Julian Assange Carrying It?


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    Getty American novelist and playwright Gore Vidal, during an interview with Melvyn Bragg for the television programme 'The South Bank Show'.

    Gore Vidal’s “History of the National Security State” was in Julian Assange’s hands as he was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on April 11.

    Assange, 47, had been in exile in the embassy since August 2012. The founder of Wikileaks had his asylum status withdrawn by the Ecuadorian government, which led to his arrest. Assange will be extradited to the United StatesAssange is accused by the Department of Justice of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer. Assange’s legal team has promised to fight the extradition.

    What’s this book or magazine that Assange is holding? pic.twitter.com/lHDfw4PiNI
    — Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) April 11, 2019

    As Assange was removed from the embassy, a copy of Vidal’s 2014 book could be seen in Assange’s hands. The book is transcribed conversations that Paul Jay, the editor of The Real News Network. Those conversations occurred in 2007.

    Vidal passed away in July 2012 at the age of 86. Coincidentally, Assange took up residence in the Ecuadorian embassy in August 2012.

    Hey @guardian this: https://t.co/MXdUPQPRgw is the series of interviews @PaulJay_TRNN did with Gore Vidal that made up the book that #JulianAssange was holding when they bundled him into a van, just like they do in the kind of countries we claim not to be anything like.
    — Mark Dennis (@boatbuildermark) April 11, 2019

    During the conversations, Vidal discussed the events in U.S. History that he believes led to what he calls the “Imperial Presidency.” Among the quotes from the book, via GoodReads:

    The Federalist Papers are very clear. Whenever one of the founding fathers and one of the people who was inventing the Constitution, they start to get apoplectic at the mention of Athens, the mention of Pericles, the mention of democracy. They go on and on about mobs, and we don’t want this, and we don’t want that. We’re an oligarchy of the well-to-do. We were at the very beginning when the Constitution was made, and we’re even more so now.
    I’m not joking when I refer to our country as the United States of Amnesia, although I was corrected recently by Studs Terkel out of Chicago. And he said, “Gore, it’s not the United States of Amnesia; it’s the United States of Alzheimer’s.” I stand corrected.
    I was born eighty years ago in a country called the United States of America and now I live in a Homeland—an expression we haven’t heard since Hitler.

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    What Happened to Julian Assange’s Dead Man’s Switch for the WikiLeaks Insurance Files?

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    Now that Julian Assange has been arrested in London after seven years in exile at the Ecuadorian embassy, many are wondering if anything will happen with the “dead man’s switch” that Assange and WikiLeaks have talked about in the past. Read on for more details about the dead man’s switch, its history, and what we know so far about the insurance files.

    Assange is accused of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer, related to Chelsea Manning’s release of classified data in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Virginia. The arrest happened shortly after Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno withdrew Assange’s asylum.

    Assange now faces extradition to the United States, but his lawyer has vowed to fight extradition, AP reported. When Assange appeared in Westminster Magistrate’s Court, District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaking his bail conditions, saying that Assange was a “narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests.” Assange’s next court appearance will be May 2 via a prison video-link, where he will face an extradition hearing. Another extradition hearing is scheduled for June 12.

    What’s still unclear at this time is what might happen with the dead man’s switch that Assange has talked about in the past. WikiLeaks has released numerous insurance files as a type of “deadman’s switch.” Downloaders get an encryption key, but they need a second one before they can actually unlock the file. The insurance files operate as a type of backup. If anything happens to WikiLeaks, the second key is released, giving everyone access to the file, according to comments WikiLeaks and Assange have made in the past. However, these are typically insurance files to ensure that a pending publication is actually released. It’s unclear how many (if any) are actually related to Julian Assange’s safety or WikiLeaks’ existence in general.
    Just waiting for the password to this insurance file from @Wikileaks. I mean, what else needs to happen? Arjen Kamphuis disappeared, #Assange is in custody and likely headed for the US or some US-adjacent facility somewhere. Any plans to release?
    — Francis Pruett (@FrankThinker) April 11, 2019

    Insurance files have been released by WikiLeaks multiple times. One of those insurance files was released in June 2016:
    Protect our coming publications. Torrent WIKILEAKS INSURANCE 2016-06-03 (88 Gb encrypted) https://t.co/j4V8NH2Xmn pic.twitter.com/wwc9Pe0e0J
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 17, 2016

    The June 2016 dead man’s switch was the subject of a lot of speculation in late 2016 when rumors had spread that Julian Assange was no longer alive and people wanted proof of life. A tweet by WikiLeaks in October 2016 revived those rumors, as some mistakenly believed that the following tweet was connected to the dead man’s switch.

    pre-commitment 1: John Kerry 4bb96075acadc3d80b5ac872874c3037a386f4f595fe99e687 439aabd0219809
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 16, 2016

    However, as Gizmodo reported, the pre-commitment wording above meant the codes provided proof that related documents hadn’t been tampered with. They weren’t actually dead man’s switches, but digital fingerprints of upcoming releases. So if you see a pre-commitment tweet, that is not a dead man’s switch or a means to decrypt an insurance file.

    A file that is genuinely a dead man’s switch is typically labeled “insurance” in a WikiLeaks tweet, such as what the June 17, 2016 tweet above shows. These need a second decryption key to open. That decryption key is the dead man’s switch that people are waiting on.

    Let’s look at the June 19, 2016 file for more details on how that works. The June 19, 2016 insurance filed was just called “WIKILEAKS INSURANCE” but some wondered at the time if it was a deadman’s switch connected to Hillary Clinton somehow. It’s important to point out that this particular encrypted file was going to be released if WikiLeaks was prevented from releasing planned publications connected to the 2016 election, which they did release.
    Get ready for something. #WikiLeaks just released an 88gb insurance file on their upcoming document leak. Signs point to something big.
    — Chris from Colorado (@Christeregis) June 18, 2016

    The June 2016 tweet provided a link to download a torrent file called WIKILEAKS INSURANCE 2016-06-03. The file was listed as being 88 Gb. An insurance file is typically an unredacted version of a file that WikiLeaks is planning to release. On a Reddit thread about the drop in 2016, posters theorized that the file was likely 88 GB (gigabytes) not 88 Gb (gigabits). The 88 GB size would be a huge size and might indicate that the file includes videos and other larger documents. Or, as one person on Reddit theorized, it might contain some junk files to fill up space, or it may actually be more than 88 GB if any files are compressed. What’s in the file was all speculation and is not known.

    Another example of a WikiLeaks insurance file dates back to February 2012. In an interview about the insurance file with Eric Scmidt, Julian Assange said:

    We openly distribute … encrypted backups of materials that we view are highly sensitive that we are to publish in the coming year… So that there is very little possibility that that material, even if we are completely wiped out, will be taken from the historical record… Ideally, we will never reveal the key… Because there is things, like, … redactions sometimes need to be done on this material.”

    Here’s a look at some other insurance files that WikiLeaks has tweeted or talked about.

    In July 2010, an Insurance file was added to the Afghan War page on WikiLeaks. It may have been connected to U.S. diplomatic cables. Some news reports said that insurance files in 2011 were decrypted, but WikiLeaks stated this was inaccurate.
    WikiLeaks 'insurance' files have not been decrypted. All press are currently misreporting. There is an issue, but not that issue.
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 29, 2011

    Another insurance file was released in February 2012.
    Please bittorrent WikiLeaks Insurance release 2012-02-22 (65GB) http://t.co/iBE2siYx
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 22, 2012

    In August 2013, three more insurance files were released. The contents are not known.

    INSURANCE RELEASE: WikiLeaks insurance 20130815-A http://t.co/WAXtszZl8E support: https://t.co/mPoZbutbyG
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 16, 2013

    Please mirror: WikiLeaks insurance 20130815-A: 3.6Gb http://t.co/WAXtszZl8E B: 49Gb http://t.co/Ca1Hqi1VCJ C: 349GB http://t.co/iu00DmfQ0A
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 16, 2013

    A different insurance file was released on December 19, 2016. We also don’t know what the contents of that file are:

    INSURANCE 2016-12 torrent https://t.co/zi9iFO9OT0 (83GiB) SHA256:637f6996be1ea0155099df79baf7b7e7be14d179650 26f619acf139f9fd55382
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 19, 2016

    A more recent one was released in February 2017, which WikiLeaks said was for a pending publication.

    Help secure a WikiLeaks pending publication: download this encrypted "insurance" file https://t.co/036veeeRXc using a "torrent" downloader
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 1, 2017

    You can see all the insurance files by going here and searching for insurance.

    It’s important to note that not all of these insurance files are dead man’s switches meant to be held onto for all time. WikiLeaks has said that sometimes these files are just to nullify attempts to stop them from publishing a specific publication. It’s an encrypted version of an upcoming publication.

    WikiLeaks releases encrypted versions of upcoming publication data ("insurance") from time to time to nullify attempts at prior restraint.
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 17, 2013

    So it’s unclear how many of the insurance files that WikiLeaks has tweeted before are actually dead man switches in case something happens to Assange or WikiLeaks itself. A story by Wired in 2011 indicated that at least some are insurance files just for this purpose, however. Daniel Domscheit-Berg wrote a book called Inside WikiLeaks, talking about how he and a WikiLeaks programmer had seized their submission system and some documents that were there at the time. In the article, Domscheit-Berg said he didn’t know what was in an encrypted WikiLeaks file that was posted to the site that previous July. The file had been sent to politicians, journalists, and others.

    According to Wired, WikiLeaks planned to distribute a password for that file if anything “grave” happened to WikiLeaks staff or if anyone tried to take down WikiLeaks. Domscheit-Berg thought this included Assange losing a legal battle, according to Wired.
    We will update this story as we know more.
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