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05.19.17 | 5:53 am

Why the dismissal of rape charges against Assange might not help him leave the embassy

The WikiLeaks founder has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 in order to prevent Swedish authorities from questioning him over charges of alleged rape. Julian Assange has always denied the charges and said they were just a cover so, once Sweden had Assange in their possession, they could extradite him to the United States where he could face charges for leaking state secrets.

But with today's news that Swedish Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has decided to "discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape" by Assange (via Reuters), many are speculating that this means Assange may finally be able to leave the embassy in London. However, it's not that simple. Assange still has an outstanding police warrant against him in the U.K. for jumping bail, and as Wikileaks tweeted, the "U.K. refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a U.S. extradition warrant" for him. If it has, Assange may not be able to step out of the embassy for a long time without immediately being arrested and extradited to the U.S.

Regardless, Assange was clearly very happy to hear the news about Sweden, tweeting this:

10.19.16 | 7:23 am

Ecuador confirms it cut off Julian Assange’s internet access because he was interfering in the U.S. election

On Tuesday evening, Ecuador's foreign affairs minister confirmed what many had suspected—that the country had cut off the internet access of Julian Assange, to whom it has offered political asylum at its embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden involving allegations of rape and molestation. In a statement, the minister said it took the action because "WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting the U.S. election campaign."

The diplomatic digital dustup has inspired plenty of humor. British stand-up comic Bobby Mair is standing outside of the embassy building "reading the internet" to Assange through a megaphone:

10.18.16 | 11:02 pm

Having trouble combing through all those hacked Clinton campaign emails? This spreadsheet makes it easy

From Benghazi to Bernie, the GOP to Goldman Sachs, innumerable topics and issues are discussed in the Clinton campaign emails that have been published by WikiLeaks in the last week and a half. It's hard to keep track of the latest revelations and internal feuds in every new email dump. Until now. Some intrepid Excel pros put together this handy spreadsheet that easily tracks the most newsworthy emails by subject and descriptions, with links to the actual emails.

Here is a link to the spreadsheet.

10.04.16 | 6:59 am

WikiLeaks says it will soon release documents about Google, U.S. election

In a press conference on Tuesday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the organization is set to release documents affecting Google and the U.S. presidential election over the next 10 weeks, the Verge reports. Assange did not say whether the document release would target Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in particular. 

WikiLeaks will reveal new documents each week for the next 10 weeks, Assange said. In July, WikiLeaks published thousands of emails from top officials within the Democratic National Convention. 

08.25.16 | 5:59 am

WikiLeaks has leaked info on gay men in Saudi Arabia, which has the death penalty for homosexuality

Its original reason for being may be to expose governments of wrongdoing, but WikiLeaks recent data dumps have put innocent people at risk because the organization does not redact information containing their details before releasing documents to the public, reports the Associated Press. Recently as many as five gay men in Saudi Arabia have had their identities revealed by WikiLeaks.

The revelation is no more outrageous than the hundreds of other people, including rape victims, sick children, and the mentally ill, who have had their personal information disclosed in the data dumps, but it can be much more harmful. Homosexuality in Saudi Arabia often leads to social ostracism, prison, and is even punishable by death. The AP said it tried to contact WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the findings, but he has yet to respond, although WikiLeaks dismissed the AP's story as "recycled news" and that its revelations were "not even worth a headline."

07.22.16 | 2:26 pm

WikiLeaks’ latest dump is full of people’s Social Security numbers, phone numbers and addresses

WikiLeaks has released about 20,000 emails from the accounts of Democratic National Committee officials, and the messages include numerous people's confidential information, including Social Security numbers, phone numbers, and addresses, reports Gizmodo

The group says the emails come from seven top DNC officials and were sent between January and May of this year. WikiLeaks is calling the dump "part one of our new Hillary Leaks series," focusing on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

07.20.16 | 7:10 am

Turkey has blocked access to WikiLeaks after Erdogan email dump

On Tuesday the Swedish whistleblower site published 300,000 emails dating from 2010 to July 6, 2016 that were allegedly sent sent by members of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling AKP party. As a result of the data dump, Reuters reports that Erdoğan has no blocked access to WikiLeaks in Turkey. The block comes after a sustained attack on WikiLeaks' servers, which the organization said most likely came from Turkish sources.

Regarding the source of the leaked emails, WikiLeaks said:

The material was obtained a week before the attempted coup. However, WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government's post-coup purges. We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state.