WikiLeaks Julian Assange Warns about the Creation of Digital Armies

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HAVANA TIMES — The founder of Wikileaks (an international non-profit organization that leaks secret information), Julian Assange, warned us on Thursday about the creation of digital armies in the world, which are a threat to society and don’t only come from Nations but from private enterprises too, reported dpa news.

“The ability to create digital armies is a very serious threat. This is the result of the efforts of powerful companies, large corporations and Governments who control online data and information,” Assange said in a video-conference that was broadcast in Quito, at a commemorative event which marked his five-year anniversary in refuge at the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

The expert warned that people no longer warn of information gathering plans that are being implemented and that, just as in chess, you have to plan 10 moves in advance.

He set an example with corporations such as Google and Apple who are changing their strategies “in order to get to know their users better” and said that the CIA is a dangerous organization which “is nothing more than a fleet of IT pirates” who have a complex in Germany.

“These espionage organizations such as Apple or Google are trying to become digital “super-states,” trying to become States within their States,” warned the Wikileaks’ founder.

“If we don’t do anything, the time will come when we human beings won’t be able to stand up and do anything to these companies,” Assange warned.

With regard to his personal situation, he complained that the United States and the United Kingdom have used “many resources” to stop him from being able to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.

He said he felt alone at the embassy. “I am completely cut off from the world, I don’t exist in London, in Quito…, just at this embassy.” he claimed.

He noted that the first thing he will do when he leaves the embassy, if he wins his case, will be to watch the sun, the cars, birds. “I want to see my family and bring them to Ecuador,” he added.

After his speech, a dialogue began with attendees at Quito’s media research center (CIESPAL), where the “Day of Reflection, Julian Assange, five years of freedom denied” took place.

Lawyer Baltasar Garzon, the head of the Wikileaks founder’s legal defense team, attended this event, who announced that he would take his defendant’s case to the United Nations, more specifically to UNHCR and the Committee against Torture.

“These actions answer to the fact that Assange, who has been in asylum at the Embassy of Ecuador in London for five years, finds himself in a legal limbo and that there aren’t any arrest warrants against him, however, they still want to arrest him,” Garzon pointed out to journalists.

The lawyer also announced that the case will be put forward to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).

He also went on to say that the defense team is asking the United States to indicate “whether there is any legal warrant against Assange” which hasn’t been communicated to the defense team on the record.

Assange asked Ecuador for political asylum in London five years ago and he has remained inside its diplomatic offices throughout this time.

His request was due to the fear of Sweden, a country which was after him over alleged sexual abuse crimes, could extradite him to the United States, after he disclosed information about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Charges against Assange have already been dropped by the Swedish Attorney General, but the United Kingdom has yet to announce that it will withdraw its home arrest warrant and extradition to Sweden.

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WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange: US hacking report is ’embarrassing’

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London (CNN)Julian Assange has launched a scathing attack on the quality of the US intelligence report that says his organization was involved in hacking the presidential election.

Speaking at a news conference broadcast on Periscope Monday, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks said the report was “embarrassing to the reputation of the US intelligence services.”
A report from US intelligence officials Friday assessed “with high confidence” the GRU Russian intelligence agency “used the Guccifer 2.0 persona, DCLeaks.com, and WikiLeaks to release US victim data obtained in cyberoperations publicly.”
The intelligence community also assessed “with high confidence” that the GRU provided WikiLeaks with the material it obtained from hacking the Democratic National Committee and top Democratic officials.
Assange hit back by labeling the report a “press release” and criticized the Obama administration for politicizing the US intelligence services.
“Most of this so-called intelligence report is not even fabricated,” he said, suggesting there wasn’t enough in it to be made up.
“It does not even make assertions for the most part… it uses speculative terms… it engages us in sneaky conflations… How good a report is it as an intelligence report from 1 to 10? The evidentiary weight is literally zero. There is no evidence of any kind supplied,” Assange said.
Assange spoke from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he’s been holed up for more than four years to avoid facing sexual assault charges in Sweden and a potential extradition to the United States.
He gave little away when asked by CNN whether WikiLeaks acted as a go-between as suggested by the report.
“We can’t play 20 questions to our sources. Each piece of information you disclose about the source narrows the scope of any investigation… if our sources were, for example, a state, we would have a lot less concern in attempting to protect them.”

Russia reacts

The report was the first official, full and public accounting by the US intelligence community of its assessment of Russian cyberhacking activities during the 2016 presidential campaign and election, and the motivations behind that hacking.
On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists in a conference call that the charges against Russia “were not backed by anything” and were “made on a very amateur, emotional level.”
“What we see is … that all of this looks like is a full-scale witch hunt.”

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