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U.S. Charges Assange With Helping Manning Crack Password to Steal Classified Documents

U.S. Charges Assange With Helping Manning Crack Password to Steal Classified DocumentsReuters / Henry NichollsLONDON—The U.S. has charged Julian Assange with illegally helping Chelsea Manning crack a computer password to steal classified documents, the Justice Department said Thursday. Assange was dramatically dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police early Thursday, where cops arrested him on one relatively minor charge of skipping bail in 2012 over rape charges in Sweden, and then later arrested him for a second time on an extradition warrant on behalf of U.S. authorities. Assange was found guilty of the bail charge.The Justice Department revealed that Assange the arrest was over a federal charge of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” and relates to the Wikileaks founder's alleged role in what it calls “one of the largest compromises of classified information” in U.S. history.“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,” the Justice Department said in a statement.Manning has been in jail since March 3, when a federal judge found her in contempt for refusing to testify in front of the Alexandria, Virginia, grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. The grand jury has been probing the secret-spilling website since 2010 it started publishing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables Manning leaked to Assange.The Justice Department alleges that Assange helped Manning try to access computers under a username that didn't belong to her. The statement goes on to say that, once Manning gained access to the system, Assange repeatedly encouraged her to share more and more information.“During an exchange, Manning told Assange that ‘after this upload, that’s all I really have got left,’” the Justice Department claimed. “To which Assange replied, ‘curious eyes never run dry in my experience.’”Any extradition may take some time. The British government released its own statement on Assange earlier in the day in which it made clear anyone who's being extradited will be given the opportunity to appeal to the government, then to the country's High Court.It also said that British judges have the power to decide whether or not extradition would breach an individual’s human rights, or whether their health makes it “unjust or oppressive” to extradite them.Assange arrived at a court in London Thursday afternoon, three hours after he was hauled out of the place he called home for nearly seven years. He was found guilty on the relatively minor bail charge—for which he could serve twelve months in prison—and was told he would face a hearing on the extradition warrant in just four weeks.Read more at The Daily Beast.



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Nunes to send eight criminal referrals to DOJ on allegations of lying to Congress, leaking classified info

Nunes to send eight criminal referrals to DOJ on allegations of lying to Congress, leaking classified infoHouse Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes is targeting allegations of misconduct during the Trump-Russia investigation; Griff Jenkins reports.



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Cigar-shaped interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua classified as comet

Cigar-shaped interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua classified as cometThe reddish cigar-shaped object called ‘Oumuamua spotted last year tumbling through space is a comet, scientists said on Wednesday, solving the mystery over how to classify the first interstellar object found passing through our solar system. ‘Oumuamua (pronounced oh-MOO-uh-MOO-uh) initially was pegged as a comet, but it lacks the tail of gas and dust characteristic of many comets, and some scientists argued that it was perhaps a dry asteroid. “It does not display any tail in any observation we obtained,” said astronomer Marco Micheli of the European Space Agency’s SSA-NEO Coordination Centre in Italy, who led the study, published in the journal Nature.



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Former US Navy sailor pardoned by Trump plans to sue Obama over classified information case

Former US Navy sailor pardoned by Trump plans to sue Obama over classified information caseA Navy sailor pardoned by US president Donald Trump is planning to sue Barack Obama’s administration for improperly handling his case. Kristian Saucier was pardoned by Mr Trump, who tweeted congratulations to the former military member for his “newly found freedom,” in March 2018 after serving a year in a federal prison for taking photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine. Saucier’s lawyers have alleged that Mr Obama, former FBI Director James Comey, and others in the administration treated Saucier’s case unfairly compared to the matter of Hillary Clinton using a private server for government emails while Mr Obama’s Secretary of State.



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Fmr CIA Director reacts to Flood and Kelly appearing at classified briefings

Fmr CIA Director reacts to Flood and Kelly appearing at classified briefingsDemocrats and former intelligence officials are protesting the White House decision to have Chief of Staff John Kelly and attorney Emmet Flood show up at the onset of two classified briefings on the Russia probe – in which the president is a subject.



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Lawmakers attend classified briefing about FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign

Lawmakers attend classified briefing about FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaignCongressional Democrats say the briefing did not offer evidence to support Trump's allegations that an FBI informant was used during his 2016 presidential campaign.



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Lawmakers attend classified briefing about FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign

Lawmakers attend classified briefing about FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaignCongressional Democrats say the briefing did not offer evidence to support Trump's allegations that an FBI informant was used during his 2016 presidential campaign.



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Democrats Push To Be Included In Classified Briefing On FBI Informant

Democrats Push To Be Included In Classified Briefing On FBI InformantUPDATE: 7:41 p.m. — The White House said later on Wednesday that while



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GOP Lawmakers Will Soon Be Allowed To Review Classified Info On Russia Investigation

GOP Lawmakers Will Soon Be Allowed To Review Classified Info On Russia InvestigationTop Republican lawmakers will be allowed to review classified information



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'Clearly there was a breakdown in process': Chris Christie on Porter's access to classified info

'Clearly there was a breakdown in process': Chris Christie on Porter's access to classified infoABC News contributor former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., former Clinton white house staff secretary, discuss former Trump White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter's access to classified information.



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