Tag: wikileaks

Judge delays Roger Stone’s sentencing hearing

Dec. 21 (UPI) — A federal judge delayed the sentencing hearing for political operative and former Trump adviser Roger Stone after his attorneys said they needed more time to sort out his financial information. He was originally set to be sentenced Feb. 6 for his November conviction on obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering. The judge rescheduled the hearing for Feb. 20. Stone faces up to 50 years in prison. The lawyers told District Judge Amy Berman Jackson they couldn’t meet a deadline for filing financial documents as part of Stone’s sentencing advisory report. “Despite the continual and diligent ... Read more

Lawyer: US Charges Against WikiLeaks’ Assange ‘Political’

LONDON — Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court Thursday that he should not be extradited to the United States to face spying charges because the offences he is accused of are political in nature. U.S. authorities accuse Assange of scheming with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break a password for a government computer and leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents. Assange’s attorney, Edward Fitzgerald, said the 48-year-old Australian is protected by a 2007 extradition treaty between Britain and the U.S. “We say that there is in the treaty a ban on being extradited ... Read more

Malcolm Nance on the Danger of Conspiracy Theories

Malcolm Nance, a former naval intelligence officer and an MSNBC contributor, has become one of the most recognizable voices on Trump-related scandals. According to Brian Williams, MSNBC’s chief anchor, Nance is “a cross between Batman and ‘Fight Club.’ ” The weekend-morning host Joy Reid called Nance “very rational, even though the things that he’s telling you will completely freak you out. He’s super knowledgeable, but he’s also that calming friend.” Nance, however, has been frequently criticized by both the left and the right for promoting false or unproven claims, often having to do with Russia. In March, Nance tweeted that he was ... Read more

Jury convicts ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 criminal counts

President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone leaves federal court Friday in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Nydia,  after being found guilty of crimes including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone leaves federal court Friday in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Nydia, after being found guilty of crimes including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo Nov. 15 (UPI) — Roger Stone, a political operative and former adviser to President Donald Trump‘s campaign, was convicted Friday ... Read more

Rick Gates: Roger Stone told Donald Trump about WikiLeaks release

Nov. 12 (UPI) — Testimony Tuesday from Rick Gates, the deputy chairman of Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign, indicated the president knew more about WikiLeaks’ plans to release documents harmful to Democrats than he told special counsel Robert Mueller. Gates answered questions about Trump’s knowledge of the WikiLeaks release during the second week of trial for Republican operative Roger Stone. He’s on trial in Washington, D.C., facing charges that include lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice related to the special council probe. Gates, who worked with former campaign manager Paul Manafort, told the court he overheard a phone ... Read more

Roger Stone’s contact with Trump campaign highlighted in Russia probe trial

Nov. 7 (UPI) — Prosecutors on Thursday detailed Republican operative Roger Stone‘s communication with President Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign in attempts to prove he lied to Congress. Stone faces trial in Washington, D.C., for charges including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice in a case related to former special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Stone told the House intelligence committee during its investigation he had no records of conversations he had with anyone about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But prosecutors on Thursday charted his communication with Trump and ... Read more

Roger Stone exits first day of trial in Russia probe early with apparent illness

Nov. 5 (UPI) — Republican operative Roger Stone left jury selection for his federal court trial in Washington D.C., early on Tuesday with an apparent illness. The Trump confidant is accused of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of justice in connection to the Mueller probe, which investigated alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians in the 2016 election. Stone left the jury selection process after a lunch break on Tuesday, telling the courtroom lectern he wanted the proceedings to continue without him. “I have, apparently, some food poisoning,” he told U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson. ... Read more

FBI interviews with key players in Robert Mueller’s investigation released

Nov. 2 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department on Saturday released FBI interview summaries and documents as part of Robert Mueller‘s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Released Saturday to BuzzFeed News were 278 pages of summaries of FBI interviews with key witnesses as well as emails and documents related to them. New records will be released every month for the next eight years. Also the release noted 237 pages were withheld. CNN obtained 274 pages of information. The documents include redactions and some are handwritten. BuzzFeed News ... Read more

Trump’s Charges Against Julian Assange Would Effectively Criminalize Investigative Journalism

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on May 19, 2017. (Reuters / Neil Hall) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the ... Read more

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange

A police officer walks past the Ecuadorian embassy in London on May 20, 2019. (Press Association via AP Images) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with ... Read more