WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing -- a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets. read more
Lawyers for alleged Russian operative Mariia Butina have entered into negotiations with federal prosecutors, according to a document filed in federal court Friday. The two sides requested to postpone the next hearing in the case because they are currently "in negotiations regarding a potential resolution of this matter," indicating that they are working towards a plea agreement. Butina is accused of acting as an agent of Russia in the D.C. area and faces charges of conspiracy and failing to register as a foreign agent.
The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is increasingly optimistic it will be able to get him into a U.S. courtroom, according to people in Washington familiar with the matter. An indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller that portrayed WikiLeaks as a tool of Russian intelligence for releasing thousands of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign has made it more difficult for Mr. Assange to mount a defense as a journalist. Public opinion of Mr. Assange in the U.S. has dropped since the campaign. Prosecutors have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy, the people said, because a detailed explanation of the evidence against Mr. Assange could give Ecuadorean authorities a reason to turn him over. read more
The conservative lobbying firm that Facebook hired in the midst of an October 2017 public relations crisis about Russian disinformation included what one former employee told NBC News was an "in-house fake news shop" as part of its operations.
Two Washington, D.C. brothers accused of planning for race war had deep ties to the violent white nationalist scene, as well as to other, supposedly non-violent figures on the far right. A year of far-right attacks -- the Pittsburgh attack, a neo-Nazi's car attack in Charlottesville, a shooting in Florida, an extremist's attempt to hijack a train -- have largely been characterized as isolated incidents, because the killers and would-be killers do not use the attacks to promote any specific extremist group. But outside the public eye, extremists like the Clarks keep in close contact with each other, organizing and radicalizing online. When a Robert Bowers shoots up a synagogue or an Edward Clark shoots himself, it's not an act of random violence, but the fruition of a long radicalization campaign. Far from being lone wolves, the Clarks fraternized in person and online with Richard Spencer, Jack Posobiec, and Jason Kessler.