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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast It's been largely forgotten, but when Russian military intelligence created online cutouts in 2016 to manipulate the American electorate, the Democratic Party wasn't its only target. The most prominent of those fake digital identities was Guccifer 2.0, which took credit for hacking the Democratic National Committee and then provided the pilfered information to WikiLeaks. The other was called DCLeaks. On Aug. 29, 2016, two months after the DNC hack became public, DCLeaks' now-banned Twitter account told its followers to check out another of its projects: "Find Soros files on soros.dcleaks.com." Visitors... [Read More]
Axel Schmidt/Reuters WikiLeaks has brought in some legal muscle to defend it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee over Russia's 2016 election interference campaign. New York attorney Joshua Dratel made a name for himself representing high-profile defendants in complex federal cases, including terrorism prosecutions, and he was the first civilian lawyer to represent a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. He's best known for defending Ross Ulbricht, who, as "Dread Pirate Roberts" founded the notorious darknet drug market Silk Road. In 2015 a jury convicted Ulbricht of money laundering, hacking, narcotics trafficking, and other charges, and... [Read More]
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