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New editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks takes over while Assange remains incommunicado

By Cal Jeffrey · 10 replies
Sep 27, 2018
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  1. WikiLeaks has replaced Julian Assange as editor-in-chief. Assange has not been able to perform his duties since the Ecuadorian embassy cut off his communication. With no way to execute his obligations, Assange appointed Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic investigative journalist and legal project manager for WikiLeaks. He will still remain with the company with the title “publisher,” although he will not be actively participating in running the outlet.

    Hrafnsson is honored to take the reins but rebuked the embassy’s actions in a statement.

    “I condemn the treatment of Julian Assange that leads to my new role, but I welcome the responsibility to secure the continuation of the important work based on WikiLeaks ideals.”

    The new leadership will not likely change the day-to-day operations. Assange has been incommunicado since March. The appointment of Hrafnsson is more of a formality, and he intends to keep the company on an even keel.

    That is not to say that the new EIC will not have his work cut out for him. WikiLeaks is currently facing a lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee alleging that it worked with Russia in releasing supposedly hacked information from DNC servers during the 2016 presidential election. The US Department of Justice has also issued indictments of at least 12 Russian intelligence officials who allegedly had contact with WikiLeaks.

    It is unclear if Assange will return to his former role when and if he leaves the embassy.

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  2. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 172   +233

    ...what did Ecuador even hope to gain from this spectacle in the first place?
    onestepforward likes this.
  3. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,546   +1,537

    A reputation as a place to go to evade US authorities I’d assume..... lots of money gets brought in by those people...
  4. screwtrump

    screwtrump TS Rookie

    Hopefully Assange will be crushed in a car wreck.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,399   +5,021

    I could use a bit of irony right about now.
  6. VBKing

    VBKing TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +28

    If Assange has a phone of any type, the embassy should take that away also (or bring in jamming equipment). He should only get food, shelter and clothing as he hides from his day of reckoning. Somehow, I still think he has his cellphone.
  7. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Addict Posts: 140   +57

    He was very popular among Democrats and the so-called "anti-war" movement when G. W. Bush was President. He leaked information they and their friends in the media would use to embarrass the Bush administration. Assange only became unpopular when he leaked information embarrassing people on the other side of the political aisle. So, what's the lesson? Assange should have never pissed off high-level democrats and their media connections, along with their legion of lumpen, vengeful girly-man supporters.
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,002   +3,487

    The lesson to be learned is that he has consistently looked to disrupt American politics and just happens to have numerous Russian contacts. An witting or unwitting pawn by any other name.
    iamcts likes this.
  9. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Addict Posts: 140   +57

    Assange would have numerous contacts whether they be anonymous or known. After all, his website stocks a trove of lifted information from around the world. However, as far as his popularity in the U.S. is concerned, he became a pariah ONLY after exposing information that embarrassed high-ranking dems. He was not regarded as a pawn, witting or unwitting, prior to the event. Now that Trump won, he's as popular has mud except, maybe, among Bernie supporters, and is vilified for the leak. So the lesson is, Assange should leak only information that embarrasses Republicans, else be prepared to be excoriated by a legion of vengeful Hillary supporters.
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  10. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,002   +3,487

    Incorrect, he was disliked far before that for revealing confidential US Intelligence documents among other issues. Anyone who took US Intelligence's word at face value knew they were Russian pawns.

    Stop trying to make this a partisan issue when it isn't. Fact is the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI concluded that the files given to Wikileaks were traced back to Russian sources using digital fingerprints of known Russian sources, among other methods. This includes during both the Bush administration and the 2016 election, with the goal to divide Americans and weaken the country. The exact same thing you are seemingly try to do right now.

    Stop trying to pull the "many sources" BS. We know where the files came from and the connections.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2018
    iamcts likes this.
  11. ShObiT

    ShObiT TS Maniac Posts: 180   +166

    After Obama and Hillary everybody is a Russian Pawn, seriously why people only repeat the same over and over after it goes viral!
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.

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