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Edward Snowden jabs WikiLeaks for not ‘curating’ info releases

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Government surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden rapped WikiLeaks on Thursday for its careless handling of information and willingness to compromise people’s privacy.

“Democratizing information has never been more vital, and @WikiLeaks has helped,” he wrote on Twitter. “But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake.”

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The former contractor for the National Security Agency — who has fled to Russia for fear of prosecution by the U.S. government for exposing its illegal surveillance practices — was likely referring to the last two document dumps from WikiLeaks, which have targeted the Democratic National Committee.

On Wednesday night, WikiLeaks released a cache of audio files that Russian hackers lifted from DNC servers. The recordings largely consist of voicemail messages to a person named “Andrew.” They include routine calls from donors and some Hillary backers angry about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), but even RedState.org was having trouble getting worked up about the files.

However, Wikileaks made no effort to protect the private phone numbers and names of the callers, just as they declined to redact the names, social security numbers, credit card information and other vulnerable personal data from its first round of hacks.

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The first document dump featured emails stolen from DNC servers that painted an unflattering picture of the organization’s opinion of the Sanders campaign and its followers. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has gone on the record saying that the timing of the document release was intended to inflict the maximum damage on the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


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‘The Senate’s in play’: Reeling GOP faces collapse into minority status as Trump drags party down

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According to a report in Rolling Stone, there is a very good chance that the Democrats could take control of the Senate after the 2020 election as the impeachment of Donald Trump casts a cloud over the Republican Party.

The report -- by longtime political observer Tim Dickinson -- states, "the fight to wrest the Senate from Republican control — and oust Mitch McConnell as majority leader — is arguably just as important" as the battle to force Trump from office.

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Mar-a-Lago to host event for conspiracy nuts who believed Obama was a secret Muslim

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President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club is hosting an event for a far-right organization that once spread bogus conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama being a secret Muslim.

The Washington Post reports that Trump's prized Florida resort on Saturday night will play host to the Center for Security Policy, a group that believes "mainstream Muslim organizations in the United States are secretly agents of anti-American jihad."

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Lev Parnas wants to testify — and attorney says ‘he has hard—HARD—first-hand evidence’

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One of Rudy Giuliani's indicted henchman wants to testify -- and his attorney says he's got "first-hand evidence."

Federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman, and the Parnas has indicated that he wants to speak to congressional investigators.

"Lev grew up in Brooklyn, has no criminal record or Russian Mob ties, and is a proud American citizen," said his attorney Joseph Bondy. "He’s not afraid of #POTUS or polonium, hopes to testify under oath — unlike #RudyGiuliani — and to be subjected to cross-examination under penalties of perjury. #LetLevSpeak"

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