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In current U.S. case law, it might be illegal to publish stolen documentary material, but prior case law rules it legal if the material is "of great public concern", which I think most media would claim the Podesta emails to be. Obviously it is legal to possess what you publish, so it is legal to read it as well. If the Podesta material contains extensive ...


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Was this email written by Hillary Clinton? There is no reason to believe that it wasn't. As Wikileaks states: The emails were made available in the form of thousands of PDFs by the US State Department as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request. You can see the original PDFs at Wikileaks as well. The Freedom of Information Act request was ...


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It's not illegal in the US. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wrote an article about the legalities in 2010. They quote from a leaked memo from the Congressional Research Service (CRS): This report identifies some criminal statutes that may apply [to dissemination of classified documents], but notes that these have been used almost exclusively to ...


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There is some evidence of this but it is not conclusive. The documents were attributed to a pseudonym Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be an individual hacker from Romania (like the original Guccifer) who dislikes Russians. However, Guccifer was unable to write in Romanian during a text interview. It is claimed, reasonably, that the Guccifer persona is ...


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forbes says that this whatdoesitmean.com article is the original source. As @user5341 said, Fox News and most other sources refer to FARS. The fars article is available online and indeed refers to whatdoesitmean.com. Fars also added a rather long disclaimer, saying that they are not reliable for the authenticity of the article. whatdoesitmean.com say that ...


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Probably not The claim has never been independently made outside of True Pundit, and it cited anonymous State Department sources. Clinton claims not remembering saying that. I don't recall any joke. It would have been a joke if it had been said, but I don't recall that. It very unlikely that killing Assange with a drone was a serious suggestion, as he ...


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This is answered in the question that @jwodder mentions. Snopes did an analysis of a closely related question. I think the answer is no and I'm confident Snopes would agree, based on their answer. Also, the Washington Post has a piece debunking the claims above, in which they note that this idea "doesn’t make any sense when compared to all the available ...


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tl,dr: No. Assange also hasn't said that he's the source. Various news outlets report like Slate that Julian Assange suggested that Seth Rich gave the documents to Wikileaks. I will start with my interpretion of what Julian said. He saw Julian Assange two times at the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin giving a speech and talk with various hackers in that ...


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There are two separate entities publishing documents about DNC emails. One is a blog by someone who calls himself Guccifer 2.0, the other is Wikileaks. The name Guccifer comes from a Romanian hacker who was extradited earlier this year to the US. An individual who claimed among other thing that they hacked Clinton's emails. The problem is that the DNC ...


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