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Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder (The New York Times)

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An email from Cheryl Mills of the US Department of State t to John Podesta, Clinton Campaign chairman, leaked by  Wikileaks this afternoon, indicating that President Barack Obama knew of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, the focus of an FBI probe, despite claiming that he learned of its existence from watching the news.

Good times.

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An email from Lisa Jackson, vice president of Apple’s Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives assuring  the Clinton campign of its law and order values.

Eek.

Podesta18 Emails (Wikileaks)

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It is claimed that US Secretary of State John Kenny personally ordered the severing of Julian Assange’s internet connectio at the Ecuador Embassy in London leveraging anti-Colombia sentiment among his hosts.

He’s worse than a Dublin landlord.

Not as petty though, to be fair.

The Podesta 11 Emails (Wikileaks

Yesterday: Please RT

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Good times.

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Eric Geller tweetz:

BREAKING: Ecuador admits it cut off Assange’s internet due to his use of it to interfere in the U.S. election.

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Good times.

More as they leak it

The Podesta Emails (Wikileaks)

If Beijing can claim South China Sea, US can call Pacific ‘American Sea’, says Clinton in leaked speech (South China Morning Post)

Yesterday: In The Dumps

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“It’s obvious something is happening to YouTube…”

Researcher David Seaman highlights connections between Google and Hillary Clinton (via Wikileaks) and its possible effect on recent You Tube algorithms.

Evil, dude.

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Boom.

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From top: Hillary Clinton at the UN while US Secretary of State; portion of a speech  Mrs Clinton gave to to bankers.

The furious, ongoing WikiLeaks dump of US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails has gained little traction in the mainstream media, least of all in Ireland.

But what do we know so far?

1. Mrs. Clinton had cosy and improper relationship with the mainstream media.

See yesterday’s post.

2. The State Department paid special attention to “Friends of Bill.”

After the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake, a senior aide to then-Secretary of State Clinton repeatedly gave special attention to those identified by the abbreviations “FOB” (Friends of Bill) or “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs), referring to the former president. The emails show Mrs. Clinton’s State Department prioritised and benefited Mr. Clinton’s friends in the $10 billion recovery effort. The State Department also polled the popularity of Mr. Clinton in Haiti and shared the results with him.

3. Mrs. Clinton argued for “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders” in a private speech to bankers

4. The Clinton campaign was in touch with Department of Justice officials regarding the release of her emails.

Brian Fallon, Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman and former Justice Department staffer, appeared to have discussions with sources inside the Department of Justice about ongoing open records lawsuits requesting access to her emails while serving as secretary of state. In an email from May 2015, Mr. Fallon said that “DOJ folks” had “informed” him about the upcoming status conference in one of the lawsuits.

5. The Clinton camp was tipped off to the release of the Benghazi emails.

In April 2015, Clinton campaign Deputy Communications Director Kristina Schake referred to a “tip” from a source regarding when the State Department planned to release Mrs. Clinton’s Benghazi emails. Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer Heather Samuelson followed up on the tip, writing: “Latest: Still aiming for Friday, but potential it gets delayed until early next week because still moving through interagency review process. Will check back tomorrow and keep you posted. Quick update on this — DOS says the release of the 300 will likely happen on Thurs or Friday. Will keep you posted as I hear anything further on my end. Thx.”

6. Mrs. Clinton admitted sometimes her public and private positions differ.

In a 2013 speech before the National Multi-Housing Council, Mrs. Clinton indicated her public positions may differ with her private positions, because politics is an ugly business.

“Politics is like sausage being made,” Mrs. Clinton said. “It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the backroom discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.”

7. Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman mocked Catholics and evangelicals as “severely backwards.”

Hacked emails show Mrs. Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri and other Clinton allies openly talking about Catholics being “severely backwards” and charging that they don’t know “what the hell they’re talking about.” The April 2011 discussion between Ms. Palmieri and John Halpin, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, mocks media mogul Rupert Murdoch for raising his children in the Catholic Church and said that most “powerful elements” in the conservative movement are all Catholic.

8. Mrs. Clinton admitted she has a hard time relating to the struggles of the middle class.

In a 2014 speech for Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, Mrs. Clinton admitted her riches and public persona lifestyle isolated her from the financial struggles of most of the country, saying her memories of her childhood is how she connects now to everyday Americans.

“Obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy,” Mrs. Clinton said of relating to the middle class.

9. Mrs. Clinton campaign used Benghazi as a distraction from the email scandal.

 10. The Clinton team strategized on how to delay releasing emails, knowing it was against the law.

11. Mrs Clinton confirmed  Saudi Arabia, Qatar fund ISIS.

12. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton traveled the globe encouraging countries to adopt fracking technology. This, despite current public views on Climate Change:

13. Hillary Clinton privately pitched corporations on “really low” tax rate for money stashed abroad

14. Mrs Clinton acknowledged that a “No Fly Zone” in Syria — now her stated policy preference — would “kill a lot of Syrians.”

15. Please feel free to share any we may have missed below.

More as they leak it.

The Podesta Emails (Wikileaks)

Hillary Clinton And Corporate Media Shamefully ‘Stronger Together’ (Mediaite)

Top 10 Clinton scandals exposed by WikiLeaks (Washington Times)

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Fox News’ Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz explains how, despite attempts at press blackouts, the Wikleaks dumps are damaging the Clinton campaign “drip by drip”.

Thanks Rory

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Stoner spoiler alert.

Hillary’s pot flip flops compiled.

She’s evil, dude.

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Joyce writes:

UNHCR’s Bernard Doyle (top), from Ferbane, Co Offaly [Refugee Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator for Central Asia] had phone tapped by NSA according to wikileaks

FIGHT!

NSA Targets World Leaders for US Geopolitical Interests (Wikileaks)

WikiLeaks Just Published ‘Mostly Highly Classified Documents’ About NSA Bugs (Fortune)

Our Man In Tehran IUNHCR)

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A confidential cable – part of the Wikileaks data dump –  from the US Embassy in Dublin sent to Washington and elsewhere in 2009 outlining Europe’s, the Department of Finance’s and Fianna Fail’s revenue raising possibilities post-crash.

Going forward like.

(Gary Toibin would go on to co-author a paper arguing Why Ireland is Not A Tax Haven)

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Susan Manning, mother of Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea (born Bradley) Manning with Gerard Conlon of the Guildford Four this evening in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.

An Evening for Bradley Manning, hosted by Afri, followed a meeting between Chelsea’s family and TDs earlier today to lobby their support for her early release.

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(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

175044515-2231Bradley Manning, above, who faced nearly two dozen charges in connection with what is considered the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence, minus three and half years of time served, before he is eligible for parole. That will be in eight years when he is 33.

Judge sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years (Washington Post)

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“Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offences for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years.

The ’aiding the enemy’ charge has fallen away. It was only included, it seems, to make calling journalism ’espionage’ seem reasonable. It is not.

Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions, and induced democratic reform. He is the quintessential whistleblower.

This is the first ever espionage conviction against a whistleblower. It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism. It is a short sighted judgment that can not be tolerated and must be reversed. It can never be that conveying true information to the public is ’espionage’.

President Obama has initiated more espionage proceedings against whistleblowers and publishers than all previous presidents combined.

In 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama ran on a platform that praised whistleblowing as an act of courage and patriotism. That platform has been comprehensively betrayed. His campaign document described whistleblowers as watchdogs when government abuses its authority. It was removed from the internet last week.

Throughout the proceedings there has been a conspicuous absence: the absence of any victim. The prosecution did not present evidence that – or even claim that – a single person came to harm as a result of Bradley Manning’s disclosures. The government never claimed Mr. Manning was working for a foreign power.

The only ’victim’ was the US government’s wounded pride, but the abuse of this fine young man was never the way to restore it. Rather, the abuse of Bradley Manning has left the world with a sense of disgust at how low the Obama administration has fallen. It is not a sign of strength, but of weakness.

The judge has allowed the prosecution to substantially alter the charges after both the defense and the prosecution had rested their cases, permitted the prosecution 141 witnesses and extensive secret testimony. The government kept Bradley Manning in a cage, stripped him naked and isolated him in order to crack him, an act formally condemned by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for torture. This was never a fair trial.

The Obama administration has been chipping away democratic freedoms in the United States. With today’s verdict, Obama has hacked off much more. The administration is intent on deterring and silencing whistleblowers, intent on weakening freedom of the press.

The US first amendment states that ‘Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press’. What part of ’no’ does Barack Obama fail to comprehend?

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Statement by Julian Assange on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial (Wikileaks.org)

Bradley Manning cleared of ‘aiding the enemy’ but guilty of most other charges (The Guardian)

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