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WikiLeaks poised to release hacked Marcon documents as his poll numbers rise, mirroring US election

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The self-described “transparency site” WikiLeaks is poised to publish “a significant” number of documents relating to Emmanuel Macron, as reports show the French centrist politician pulling ahead in the polls against far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

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The timing mirrors document dumps carried out by WikiLeaks prior to the 2016 presidential election, which contained hacked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign associates. WikiLeaks continued to publish documents even as US officials said there was growing evidence the site was functioning as an arm of the Russian government.

“By October, it had become clear that the Russians were trying to help the Trump campaign,” one U.S. official told Reuters back in January. That source noted there was “a circuitous route” from Russia’s military intelligence agency to WikiLeaks in an attempt mask the source.

WikiLeaks founder has denied any connection to Russia, and Russia has denied any meddling in the U.S. election.

In February, France’s directorate-general for external security warned Russia would try to influence the election. Likewise, France’s foreign affairs minister accused Russia of “unacceptable interference” in the country. In March, Putin denied French election meddling, even as he hosted Le Pen at the Kremlin in Moscow.

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WikiLeaks said that they cannot validate the legitimacy of the leaks and tweeted that they had no part in hacking, rather they’re merely reporting the leaked information.

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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

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As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.

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‘Insane’: Park ranger shoots unarmed man through his heart and then handcuffs his dead body

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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.

Charles "Gage" Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family's home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that's where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.

The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park's Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell's lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.

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Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’

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President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.

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