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WikiLeaks allegedly given details on thousands of Swiss bank accounts

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LONDON — A former banker behind a previous disclosure by secrets outlet WikiLeaks has turned over a second, larger set of data detailing thousands of Swiss bank accounts, according to claims made at a news conference in London on Monday.

Standing outside the Frontline Club where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was under house arrest, former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer released two optical discs he said carried files showing massive, unmitigated tax evasion by American, Asian and European individuals and corporations.

He said that many of the records dealt with accounts held by organized criminals, politicians and celebrities around the world.

Elmer, who once worked for the Swiss Bank Julius Baer and later founded the Swiss Whistleblower website, told assembled members of the press that WikiLeaks was “my only hope to get society to know what’s going on.”

“[It] is damaging our society in the way that money is moved,” he added.

Assange said it would be “a matter of weeks” before the records are released, “assuming the data is correct and once we have a look at it.”

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Elmer faced a court hearing Tuesday over his first major release of data to WikiLeaks, which occurred in 2007. He left Bank Julius Baer in 2004, after eight years working for a branch in the Cayman Islands. He’s since claimed that many of Baer’s top clients engaged in tax fraud with the knowing assistance of the bank’s management.

Officials at Baer have said that Elmer’s claims were manufactured and that he falsified documents.

In a similar case, Assange disclosed in 2009 that WikiLeaks had acquired a 5-gigabyte cache of files from Bank of America. The bank, which is America’s largest, denied wrongdoing and immediately hired a team of internal investigators to determine what information the site may have.

Bank of America, along with PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and Amazon.com have all since refused to conduct any business with WikiLeaks. Assange called their actions a “new form of business McCarthyism.”

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Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’

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President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.

McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.

"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.

McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."

"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."

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‘It’s just insane’: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow breaks down the Trump administration’s latest Russia scandal

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On Wednesday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow delved into the latest stunning revelations surrounding Maria Butina, the admitted Russian agent at the heart of a plot to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party — and the connections to a high-ranking State Department official in charge of arms negotiations with Russia.

"Josh Rogin at the Washington Post reports tonight that Maria Butina also turned up at the wedding of Mike Pence's national security adviser," said Maddow. "Mike Pence's national security adviser, Andrea Thompson, got married that summer of 2017, first summer of the Trump Administration. She's got that awesome new job. Getting married and Maria Butina was at the wedding. Why was she at the wedding? U.S. Person One, her boyfriend, Paul Erickson, was officiating the wedding. Oh. It also turns out that the man who Mike Pence's national security adviser, the man who Andrea Thompson was marrying at the wedding that day, he had recently given Paul Erickson $100,000."

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Fox News’ Hannity has to stop and remind Trump to use anti-FBI propaganda in the middle of an interview

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The president seemed to short-circuit in his interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.

President Donald Trump began speaking about the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, repeating "no collusion, no obstruction." He then went off on a tangent about the dossier from Christopher Steele and whether or not he was spied on as a candidate in 2016.

"If they spied on my campaign and they may have, it will be one of the great revelations in history of this country," Trump told Hannity. "I will tell you, it’s going to be very interesting, I think we are going to find out. Can you imagine if it were the other way around and I spied on President Obama’s campaign? Can you imagine what the repercussions would be? Or I spied on cricket Hillary’s campaign. Can you imagine with the repercussions would be?"

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