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The US wants Wikileaks founder Assange….Charges drawn up…

So much for the guy hoping that by leaking ONLY  ‘Hillary Clinton’ stuff he might get over with Trump & Co?

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.
Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.
During President Barack Obama’s administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn’t alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to US officials involved in the process then.
 The US view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents….
US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton, as part of a broader operation to meddle in the US 2016 presidential election…..
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Donald Trump sides with Wikileaks Assange AGAINST American Intel Community…

Donald Trump’s effort in trying to find a buddy with Russian Putin has NO limit….

He is now signalling that he believes the Russians and  Wikileaks are more on the level than  the AMERICAN Intelligence community……

One can still wonder WHY is Donald Trump so hell bent on making ‘nice’ to Russian President Putin…..

WHY?

President-elect Donald Trump is freshly questioning U.S. intelligence assessments of election-season hacking, appearing to side instead with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Russia in comments that are rattling the American spy world as well as many of his fellow Republicans.

The billionaire real estate mogul late Tuesday and early Wednesday used Twitter to once again cast doubt on intelligence community deductions that Russian government-affiliated entities tried to tip November’s election in Trump’s favor by hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the private email of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

in one tweet, Trump expressed suspicion about a supposed delay in an intelligence briefing he was due to receive about the suspected Russian interference.

“The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!” Trump tweeted.

A U.S. official immediately fired back, insisting the briefing had always been set for Friday.

In a separate tweet, Trump noted that Assange has “said Russians did not give him” leaked emails from the DNC and other prominent U.S. political leaders. Trump also pointed out that Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s Embassy in London to avoid sex assault charges in Sweden, said “a 14 year old” could have been the hacker. It was a remarkable vote of confidence in Assange considering that Trump, according to newly uncovered material by CNN, called WikiLeaks “disgraceful” in 2010 and suggested its actions should face the “death penalty or something.”….

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Political Roundup for October 5th, 2016…Libertarian VP choice Weld to go after Trump…RRH Elections

President:

Assange: In a move that no one at all saw coming, the promised Wikilikes “October Surprise” is going to be released gradually over the course of the next 10 weeks (which is a timeframe extending well past the actual election). Assange furiously declaring that people need to pay more attention to him is surprising only to those who’ve never dealt with attention trolls before. Next he’ll promise to tell you who actually killed JFK, if only you’ll tune in NEXT TIME, ON THE JULIAN ASSANGE SHOW!

CA-EV: In what is a tortured bit of legal reasoning even by “CA Dems are changing the rules in their favor” standards, CA SOS Alex Padilla has effectively removed Trump’s electors from the CA ballot. Basically, given that the American Independent Party (aka George Wallace’s old party) has also endorsed Trump and submitted their own list of electors before the Republican party did, CA SoS Alex Padilla has ruled that since the two lists are not identical, any Presidential votes for Trump will be over-votes and will simply not be counted. Granted, the odds of California voting for Trump are slim (and the odds that it would be the crucial state in the election are slimmer), but a state politician has effectively ejected a major party candidate from the Presidential ballot on one of the flimsiest excuses possible. Does anyone seriously think that Clinton would have had her electors removed from the ballot if the Peace and Freedom party had also nominated her for President?

Debate: In case you missed it, the VP debate was last night. If you did miss it, don’t bother catching up, as it was pretty boring all around (although most people are agreeing Pence won). The most notable parts of the whole thing were that Kaine is apparently unable to go two minutes without interrupting someone, and that the official GOP website accidentally (albeit accurately) jumped the gun in declaring that “everyone considered Pence the winner”.

Millennials: America’s most interesting age cohort has some wildly inconsistent political views. Depending on the phrasing, you can get millennial to support just about any side of an issue, apparently more so than older voters. This is a big part of why they’re not flocking behind Clinton—The reason they supported Obama so strongly was not because they were the next progressive foot soldiers, but rather because HOPE AND CHANGE!1! lined up with their quixotic views much better than Romney or McCain ever did. This further reinforces my idea that millennials are a very winnable demographic, just not with the GOP’s current set of policy positions–there’s a lot more malleability here than people think.

Trump: Snopes has debunked the claim that Trump said veterans with PTSD or who committed suicide were “weak”. As with most corrections to things the GOP Presidential candidate has or has not said, this will do exactly nothing to prevent the “Trump insults veterans” meme from continuing, as partisans at this point would probably believe Trump wants to re-impose slavery if he talked about a national effort program.

Weld: In a move that I’m surprised took this long, William Weld has said that he’s no longer going to be focused on actually trying to win voters, but rather to blast Trump at every opportunity. Considering how little traction the Libertarian ticket is getting and that Weld would probably have endorsed Clinton over even Generic R anyways, this is not unexpected, and is probably more of a CYA moment in the event that the Libertarian ticket winds up taking more from Clinton than Trump and giving the latter the presidency.

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