How Julian Assange Disrupted Politics With WikiLeaks | Just The FAQs | USA TODAY


After seven years of self-imposed exile, WikiLeaks’ founder Julian
Assange was arrested on charges in what prosecutors call
the largest-ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. We have the FAQs. In 2006, he founded WikiLeaks, an organization that publishes
and makes available documents and materials not intended by its creators for public consumption. Document dumps like classified
government material, personal email correspondence, and money trail and banking information all in the name of transparency. Since its establishment, the group claims to have published more than 10 million documents, often embarrassing governments. – That information, never
would have existed in the world had we not released it. – [Narrator] It didn’t
garner widespread coverage until 2010, when the organization published a series of leaks from former Army intelligence
analyst Chelsea Manning. That leak consisted of
nearly 750,000 classified and sensitive reports on the
Iran and Afghanistan wars, State Department cables,
and information about detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2016, WikiLeaks made headlines again when the organization hacked and published nearly 20,000 emails from top officials in the Democratic National Committee from January 2015 through May 2016. The hack also included
emails from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman. – WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks. – [Narrator] Federal prosecutors
have said that the emails were stolen by hackers working for Russia’s military
intelligence service, which gave them to WikiLeaks to sway the presidential
election in Trump’s favor. In 2012, Assange sought political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, after he was released on
bail while facing extradition to Sweden on rape allegations,
which were dropped. Separately, he had been under U.S. Justice Department scrutiny
for his work with Manning. In November of 2018, it was revealed that Assange
had been criminally charged in the United States. And seven years after entering the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange had been arrested on
behalf of U.S. authorities on charges that he conspired
to hack government computers. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno described the government’s decision to no longer harbor Assange, citing his aggressive behavior
in which he was accused of installing prohibited equipment,
accessing embassy files, and threatening the Ecuadorian government. WikiLeaks, pleading for his
protection, chimed in tweeting, powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated
effort to dehumanize, de-legitimize and imprison him. It’s no doubt that Assange
is a controversial figure. His supporters refer
to him as a journalist, exercising rights protected
under the First Amendment, but the U.S. government
describes his activities as simply illegal.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. O""" no ""the election 2016 was manipulated from rusia with hacked stolen Assange Wikileaks this what we all suspect is happen tis is the end of trump'y boy

  2. Jullian assange may have saved our republic from terrible corruption and rogue agency's! And from a witch ( litterally) bill Clinton admitted this to Larry Nichols, and Larry knew much, much, more! From the kids on the tracks in Arkansas through all those many scandals that rogue agency's let them get away with! I think Julian assange deserves a pardon with conditions from president trump, conditions that sensitive materials that might effect our security. The Clinton foundation needs to be investigated to the fullest extent of the law! The fed needs to be investigated also the liberals who made up these false allegations should all be in jail. Of course most Americans knew the hack narrative was faked, even the DNC cybersecurity company is apparently involved as it's founder is ukranian and member of the Atlantic council from what I gather, whose billionaire founder apparently donated heavily to the Clinton foundation. Hillary Clinton and Obama approved the sale of uranium mine one to Putin! Now there is high treason. Not to mention this cybersecurity co. Is rated 14 , apparently in protective strength. I could go on and on from Soros and owning into the electronic voting machines, to the liberals bringing in foreigners to vote in our elections! That should be a federal offense.

  3. Seems like everyone expects the government to be transparent, but yet wants to retain their own privacy. Sorry, there is no grey space… either we abide by the laws of privacy, or none of us have it. Hackers violate privacy… it's illegal, as it should be.

  4. I like how merely making information available to the public is criminal at this point. Maybe it's not the fault of the 'Russians' that our government is corrupt, evil and degenerate.

  5. False. Assange has stated that his source for the DNC is not a state government hacker. Wikileaks has an 100% credibility rating and has never had to retract anything

  6. Julian Lassange’ Secret Life Exposed – I can only hope the FBI who visited me twice already will forget about me and learn something about Lassange's natal UCI who lead him to experience such a dramatic fate instead!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udagjEs4Lnc As a rule geniuses from all walks of life are targeted by both the nasty reptilius and the benevolent Draconis. Read more http://www.drturi.com/julian-lassange-secret-life-exposed/

  7. Remember this: The Russians or Assange NEVER forced Wasserman Schultz & the DNC to conspire AGAINST Bernie Sander's 2016 Presidential campaign

  8. Shit clickbait title – you didn't even do your research and just read biased talking points created by the media. Have a downvote.

  9. usa today wishes it could ever aspire to the level of integrity and journalism that wikileaks and assange has.. usa today = pathetic poor excuse for journalism/ globalist propaganda puppets

  10. Where is YouTube journalists commentary and information on Assange's arrest? I can't find anything other than mainstream media sources and International sources that don't offer sub-titles in English. 
    Is this on purpose? I imagine so. The American government doesn't want us to know what's really going on behind closed doors.

  11. us govt advocates and allows the ILLEGAL death of civilian journalists as seen in leaked collateral damage vid, condemns assange/wikileaks activity as illegal LOLOLOL

  12. You might want to edit the video and restate that Wikileaks did not hack the DNC servers. They have publicly stated on their Twitter how they got their information, and Wikileaks has never had to retract an article or a statement for accuracy. That’s why they hold onto material for so long.

  13. … Here comes that mother of all UFO-ET Files that Assange threatened to release if this happened, looking forward to it….
    -Rick in Indpls

  14. pizzagate, evil blood and shit painters, corrupt would be presidents little more than common thieves, war crimes, truths – thanks for the real journalism wikkileaks and Julian Assange team . Praying for you. May all recover light and mind freedom

  15. A REAL US Marine is a freedom fighter, not a petro-dollar fighter. I don't care if Assange is Australian or not, he fought, like so many before him, for freedom. US Marines got killed, wounded, mentally destabilized, and sometimes captured and mistreated in the pursuit for freedom. I don't know if he is being treated well or not in the custody he is in, or the prison he may go to. All things considered, its worth it. He's Asutralian, but i consider him a US Marine. He risked everything, and may or may not be paying the price for it. Idk that, all i know is, the risk he was willing to take in order to accomplish the agenda he wanted to push through was worth it.

  16. Too bad most other journalists don’t “disrupt politics” since that’s what journalists are suppose to be doing. Journalists should be “disrupting” anything and everything that’s been disrupted by evil means for evil purposes, but it seams plain as day that most “journalists” these days are just part of the disrupted. It’s also common sense to know that jailing or killing journalists for being and acting as disrupters just means there’s a whole hell of allot “disrupting” still left to do.

  17. Without Assange, we'll eventually be stuck with getting information from what we consider the current trash, sales, and propagandist news outlets… including USAtoday

  18. You said WIKILEAKS hacked the emails in 2015-16. Not true. Like the Washington Post with the Pentagon Papers, all they were were a PUBLISHER (key word), like USA TODAY, of materials given to them by an outside source. They did not hack… they received (key word) from a source, just like the print and TV media. IF he is silenced the light officially goes out on the Freedom of the Press. For shame to those at CNN/MSNBC and others who demean someone they should applaud and put on high as a Hero to their ONCE noble organizations.

  19. This video asserts that "Federal prosecutors have said…[that Hillary Clinton's emails were given] to Wikileaks to sway the Presidential Election in Trump's favor." This is a thinly veiled opinion of the video's author. I suspect that the consensus among non-partisan experts is that the Russian government intended to embarrass and damage Hillary Clinton, the future President of the United States.

  20. Reminder the the US is a borderline fascists nation. I thought it was due the alt-right but the dems have shown their true colors.

  21. Assange helped divulge criminal activities by individuals and governments around the world.. including US.

  22. They are tge only news site that has NEVER PUBLISHED A SINGLE INCORRECT OR FALSE ARTICLE! That is a staggering accomplishment.

  23. USA Today. Your report says wikileaks hacked emails. Wikileaks doesn't hack. They only host documents. You try to push wikileaks in a shady light.

  24. They want Donald! No, they can't have him! The one time he speaks the truth…and now this shit? We must stay loyalty our President!

  25. Dear Editor,
    Whistle blowers use to be seen as brave heroes by exposing corruption, atrocities and treason. The attempted coup of President Trump by the deep state aided by the corrupt CIA, FBI, Justice Department and the major media should disgust everyone. But we have been so brainwashed over the years that such concern is virtually absent in all too many people. Saint Hillary Clinton's server was a direct link to China and she is praised, Julian Assange warned us about the corruption of our institutions and somehow he is the bastard! Unfortunately, George Orwell's 1984 predicted society is entrenched in our souls.

  26. Julian Assange is a pirate and a thief. Assange is not hero nor a whistleblower. He's just a pirate and a thief.

  27. I’m confused 🤷‍♂️ did WikiLeaks report fake news? Or was it truths?

    Because we should never fear the truth, as the say,”the truth shall set you free”

  28. We the People DEMAND justice for Julian Assange. Patriot was jailed while seeking asylum. Meanwhile, 10,000 illegal invaders (criminals, drug runners, child traffickers, and welfare parasites ) sent by mexican drug cartels (mexican government) are invited into OUR country seeking free stuff & OUR jobs. WTF? $700Billion dollar military protects German, and Korean borders but cannot protect OURS? Maybe we should send in the girl scouts

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  30. HILLERY SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO RUN FOR JANITOR AND JULIAN PROVED THAT!!! WITH PROOF BY THE WAY!!!!

  31. IT IS THE COLD & FLU SEASON…..WITHIN THE “COLD” GENIUSES OF WALLOWING FILTH “SPY” THUGS WHO “THINK” THEY SOMEHOW CONTROL THE LIVES OF “WE THE PEOPLE”. NOT ANYMORE.

    NOT ANYMORE…..COUGH COUGH.

  32. If Wikileak is own by a millionaire Asdagne never been lock because the World is Controlling by dirty bloody money and gold estates but most of all the. UN head should step up because this to correct the right of innocent people,means Human rights,to protect against politics action and leaders that was DESTROYING the Nations to be stop using politics style to destroy innocent children and families Citizens by using refugees status to force in innocent Countries but most are terrorists violence criminal activist money control,t if leaders were there in the UN love their people,the people are not refugees and illegal activist terrorists why are the UN not acting to stop the leaders who designed crimes against humanity and other good leaders the Nations is controllng by money and gold silver involved but Justice fail because laws we have is protecting Criminal hatred dangerous bullied but Destroyed innocent peoplTime to destroyed evil and stand for true Justice Leaders Pacific ocean is Christian charity live care kindness respect and honour God we need peace and blessings not Controlling Innocent Citizens Soldiers children families elderlies like slave we are human being we are love by our Creator Father and God
    My word of Wisdom God is fighting for the innocent poor.
    We need leaders that love and care about people not leaders that pushing pushing people on the streets to other Countries.we need to look after our children families elderlies Citizens poor hungry thirsty homeless but not be selfish

  33. Pray for peace and love God bless the right of Citizens and we have to love our neibour and love one another the Nations is controllng by bloody money from the blood of innocent children and Families service men and women were killed violence because of leaders and high position people who designed wars like millionaire who pay money to Destroyed innocent people because these are the people and leaders were created lots of damaged to destroyed President and the Country
    Time to stop the evil power and remorse repent too many innocent blood shed because of political and demograt unfair manipulated misleading brainwashed the Country and Nations they manipulated good leaders but favour money.
    Time to free war slave and suffer from mental illness physical assaulted abused bullied and harassed threaten victims that locked Because of evil power money control.

  34. Juluan should be given a brownie button. He gives true news th ass t you will never hear from our newscasters. Our newscasters doesn't know the truth if it kick them in the ass. They would rather make up lies and keep people in tbe dark about the Democrat Party. Hopefully their voters will pay attention to who ever is running. Remember what Trump has done and what they ate blocking the past 3 years. No one democrat will vite for a wall and we need it..all we want is fir them to come in legal

  35. Assange/ Wikileaks will "go down in history" for opening up the "Eyes of the World" to the shocking & unimaginable heighth of Evil that the masses have been fooled & exploited by the Elite & officials we voted & trusted in…the extent of the " Great Deception"
    is appalling , disgusting & intolerable. We are all to blame for not paying attention. It is time to take responsibility, to come clean & create a better world…before it is too late.

  36. This is scary! Little by little governments are taking away our rights as people. And the worst part is that half the people asleep and are ok with it! Wake up people, the governments are all corrupt!

  37. So, which one is it… did wikileaks hack anyting or did they receive information that other people hacked? These are two different situations, with drastically different potential outcomes. The first situation (hacking by wikileaks) is an illegal act, however, the release of information received, is protected by the law. This is not a minor detail, get your information correct. They (wikileaks) did not hack anyting , they may have used hacked information, but that does not make them the hackers. Misinformation is one of the biggest problems in the world today and you are contributing immensely to it… So, good job on spewing propaganda. This is divisive and disservice to everyone, especially yourself, when you choose to muddle the facts with the bullsh#! as a way to sway people's opinions towards any false narrative. How very disappointing, what most try to pass off as journalism these days.

  38. Back when first published, USA Today reminded me of supermarket tabloid, compared to NYT's genre of newsprint. Now from Firefox Pocket recommendations I "dismiss" NYT offhand as pure waste of time, bad even worse than useless. Same goes for Washington Post and PBS. US broadcast radio is total loss. I plug in my robo-call plagued Alexander G Bell telephone every month or two to see if I recognize any numbers, and then delete the whole 120 maximum messages box full of nothing. My TV has not been on once, in a year and six months. What do we reckon our Net will degrade to? FREE ASSANGE

  39. First published, USA Today reminded me of supermarket tabloid, compared to NYT's genre of newsprint. Now from Firefox Pocket recommendations I "dismiss" NYT offhand as pure waste of time, bad even worse than useless. Same goes for Washington Post and PBS. US broadcast radio is a total loss. I plug in my robo-call plagued Alexander G Bell telephone every month or two to see if I recognize any numbers, and then delete the whole 120 maximum messages box full of nothing. My TV has not been on once, in a year and six months. What do we reckon our Net de-neutered will devolve to?

  40. First published, USA Today reminded me of supermarket tabloid, compared to NYT's genre of newsprint. Now from Firefox Pocket recommendations I "dismiss" NYT offhand as pure waste of time, bad even worse than useless. Same goes for Washington Post and PBS. US broadcast radio is a total loss. I plug in my robo-call plagued Alexander G Bell telephone every month or two to see if I recognize any numbers, and then delete the whole 120 maximum messages box full of nothing. My TV has not been on once, in a year and six months. What do we reckon our Net de-neutered will devolve to?

  41. First published, USA Today reminded me of supermarket tabloid, compared to NYT's genre of newsprint. Now from Firefox Pocket recommendations I "dismiss" NYT offhand as pure waste of time, bad even worse than useless. Same goes for Washington Post and PBS. US broadcast radio is a total loss. I plug in my robo-call plagued Alexander G Bell telephone every month or two to see if I recognize any numbers, and then delete the whole 120 maximum messages box full of nothing. My TV has not been on once, in a year and six months. What do we reckon our Net de-neutered will devolve to?

  42. First published, USA Today reminded me of supermarket tabloid, compared to NYT's genre of newsprint. Now from Firefox Pocket recommendations I "dismiss" NYT offhand as pure waste of time, bad even worse than useless. Same goes for Washington Post and PBS. US broadcast radio is a total loss. I plug in my robo-call plagued Alexander G Bell telephone every month or two to see if I recognize any numbers, and then delete the whole 120 maximum messages box full of nothing. My TV has not been on once, in a year and six months. What do we reckon our Net de-neutered will devolve to?

  43. First published, USA Today reminded me of supermarket tabloid, compared to NYT's genre of newsprint. Now from Firefox Pocket recommendations I "dismiss" NYT offhand as pure waste of time, bad even worse than useless. Same goes for Washington Post and PBS. US broadcast radio is a total loss. I plug in my robo-call plagued Alexander G Bell telephone every month or two to see if I recognize any numbers, and then delete the whole 120 maximum messages box full of nothing. My TV has not been on once, in a year and six months. What do we reckon our Net de-neutered will devolve to?

  44. No doubt about it Julian Assange IS A HERO .. if he had a oil field he would be free today and handed the noble peace prize ….. over and over again…

  45. It would be a great birthday present for Trump to give Julian Assange a pardon. It would also be a great 4th of July to America , for true freedom for Journalist everywhere. It would tell everyone that Trump intends to MAGA. Trump can redeem himself and win 2020. This is the only way I would vote for him.

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