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A friend of the WikiLeaks founder has said that he describes himself using the term, coined in a book about people on the ‘cutting edge of human evolution’

Name: Edgewalkers.

Age: 11.

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The revelation that Fox News made contact with the White House over a false and malicious story could spell trouble for the network – and the president

In the early hours of Sunday 10 July 2016, Seth Rich, a 27-year-old digital campaigner with the Democratic National Committee, was walking home after a long night at his favorite Washington sports bar, Lou’s City. He was in no hurry, chatting for more than two hours on the phone to his girlfriend. At 4.19am, he told her he was almost at his door and had to go.

Seconds later, gunshots rang out. A minute after that, police arrived to find Rich lying on the ground just a block from his apartment, still alive but fading fast, with two bullet wounds in his back. He died in hospital a few hours later.

Related: Sean Spicer had notice of discredited Fox News story on DNC aide's death

Related: Fox drops Seth Rich murder story as Sean Hannity attacks 'liberal fascism'

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Mike Pompeo describes the US-Russia relationship as complicated but hopes there will be areas where they can cooperate

The CIA director, Mike Pompeo, said on Thursday that Russia had no plans to leave Syria and would continue to try to meddle in US affairs to “stick it to America”.

He reiterated his belief that Russia interfered in the US presidential election and described the US-Russia relationship as “complicated”.

Related: Trump backs away from working with Russia on cybersecurity

Related: CIA director brands WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service'

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Site founder says he believed president’s son should release documents anonymously, given that Trump Jr’s ‘enemies’ already had them

Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has claimed that he contacted Donald Trump Jr and tried to persuade him to publish emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website.

Instead, the US president’s eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his father’s Democratic rival.

Related: Republicans quiet over Trump Jr as Democrats come out swinging

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Shot over five years and beginning in 2010, Laura Poitras’s portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange works as a prequel to Citizenfour, her 2014 documentary thriller about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Favouring screens as intermediaries, shooting crowds of people filming on their camera phones and watching live press conferences via giant televisions, Poitras creates an atmosphere of surveillance. Her camera stays close to Assange while he is under house arrest at the plush Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, and in London’s Ecuadorian embassy, where he has spent the last four years dodging formal questioning about two separate sexual assault allegations. The access is impressive, and the oily, paranoid and “ruthlessly pragmatic” persona that emerges here is candid enough despite Poitras’s intermittent narration (“I don’t think he likes me”).

Related: Laura Poitras on her WikiLeaks film Risk: ‘I knew Julian Assange was going to be furious’

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Laura Poitras’s documentary about the WikiLeaks founder captures his creepy conceit and celebrity hauteur but leaves important questions unasked

No one has gone from hero to zero quite as quickly or as embarrassingly as Julian Assange, and by embarrassingly I mean for those of us who once rather admired him. The man himself is unembarrassable.

Related: Laura Poitras on her WikiLeaks film Risk: ‘I knew Julian Assange was going to be furious’

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The former US soldier, who in 2013 was imprisoned in violation of the Espionage Act, will premiere a collaborative series of 3D portraits in New York

Chelsea Manning is to showcase an exhibition at New York’s Fridman Gallery in collaboration with the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg.

Manning, who was released from prison last month after being sentenced in violation of the Espionage Act for disclosing classified government documents to WikiLeaks in 2013, will share A Becoming Resemblance from 2 August until 5 September. An announcement from the gallery said the exhibit would investigate “emerging technologies of genomic identity construction and our societal moment”, using cheek swabs and hair clippings Manning sent Dewey-Hagborg while she was in prison. Dewey-Hagborg used these DNA samples to create 3D-printed portraits of Manning, whose face was concealed from public view until her release on 17 May.

Related: Chelsea Manning: I leaked reports after seeing how Americans ignored wars

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The Oscar-winning director made her name with the Edward Snowden revelations. In turn, that led to the opportunity to closely film Assange. But the more she filmed, the more critical she became

Laura Poitras wants to make one thing absolutely clear. She still admires Julian Assange despite everything that has happened. But, it soon emerges, this is a mighty caveat.

Risk, Poitras’s film on Assange, six years in the making, is finally finished. During this time she has gone from being an Assange supporter given privileged access to an outsider banished from the WikiLeaks inner sanctum; she has exposed the National Security Agency’s global spying programme (a lot of it published in Britain by the Guardian) after being the first journalist to make contact with whistleblower Edward Snowden, and she has made an Oscar-winning documentary about Snowden called Citizenfour.

Related: Swedish prosecutors drop Julian Assange rape investigation

Related: WikiLeaks emails: what they revealed about the Clinton campaign's mechanics

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Maria Fernanda Espinosa, foreign minister, says UK and Ecuador working on an ‘opening’

Britain is interested in finding a solution to the standoff that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for five years, the foreign minister of the South American country has said.

In May, Sweden dropped an investigation into rape allegations that led Assange, 45, to seek asylum in the embassy in 2012, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the building.

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Uploading of more than 700,000 files to WikiLeaks had no significant strategic effect, analysis finds, putting into context the severe punishment she received

The publication of hundreds of thousands of secret US documents leaked by the Aarmy soldier Chelsea Manning in 2010 had no strategic impact on the American war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, a newly released Pentagon analysis concluded.

The main finding of the Department of Defense report, written a year after the breach, was that Manning’s uploading of more than 700,000 secret files to the open information organization WikiLeaks had no significant strategic effect on the US war efforts.

Related: Chelsea Manning prepares for freedom: 'I want to breathe the warm spring air'

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WikiLeaks founder had scheduled press conference at Ecuadorian embassy to mark five years since he claimed asylum

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has abruptly cancelled a press conference at which he had planned to make a “special announcement”.

Journalists and supporters had gathered under a balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, from where Assange usually conducts press conferences.

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Pop’s great miserablist gets a biopic, Scarlett Johansson has stripper trouble, Charlize Theron explodes into ultraviolence, and Union deserter Colin Farrell shakes up a girls school during the US civil war

The first of the year’s two biopics about Sir Winston. The autumn will see Gary Oldman offering blood, sweat, tears and toil in Darkest Hour, but this take on the great man focuses on a less glorious period in his life: the run-up to D-day, when his misgivings about the invasion of Normandy were swept aside. Brian Cox makes for an impressively fragile, self-doubting Churchill, approaching his own political Waterloo at the 1945 general election.
• 16 June in UK; out now in US and Australia.

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Attorney general isn’t just proposing a backdoor into encrypted communications – it’s a giant sinkhole your backdoor fell into

In 1993 the US president Bill Clinton’s administration introduced the “Clipper chip” into America’s digital and consumer electronics. It was one of the earliest attempts to enforce a backdoor into digital products, and the first in what is known as the cryptowars, when the US government fought to control and regulate strong encryption.

The Clipper chip was a catastrophic failure. It’s a failure the attorney general, George Brandis, may find instructive, as he places Australia on the frontline of a new cryptowar.

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George Brandis: in the UK, authorities are able to impose obligations on device makers to cooperate on encryption. https://t.co/dlBhjeL3yh pic.twitter.com/EagLjgockT

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Film-maker urges anyone with information about the Trump administration to securely share it ‘in the name of protecting the United States from tyranny’

Michael Moore has launched a website that allows whistleblowers to securely leak information about the Trump administration.

TrumpiLeaks encourages sources to use encryption software to share documents, photographs, video and audio recordings pertaining to Donald Trump and his associates with the film-maker and activist.

Related: Michael Moore filming Donald Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9

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Exclusive: FBI interested in former Ukip leader’s ties with people connected to US president and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation said the former Ukip leader had raised the interest of FBI investigators because of his relationships with individuals connected to both the Trump campaign and Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder whom Farage visited in March.

He’s right in the middle of these relationships. He turns up over and over again

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It was a great honour to spend time with @realDonaldTrump. He was relaxed and full of good ideas. I'm confident he will be a good President. pic.twitter.com/kx8cGRHYPQ

Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!

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The Guardian revealed Farage is a ‘person of interest’ in the Trump/Russia investigation. We asked him a series of questions he hasn’t yet answered

The Guardian has revealed that Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

According to sources familiar with the investigation, Farage is of interest because of his relationships with several individuals. They include President Donald Trump, Trump’s adviser Roger Stone, and the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom Farage visited in March.

In response to the Guardian article, it has taken me a long time to finish reading because I am laughing so much at this fake news.

I consider it extremely doubtful that I could be a person of interest to the FBI as I have no connections to Russia.

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Watching the Fox News anchor give credence to a bogus story linking a murdered DNC staffer to WikiLeaks is painful – and deeply disturbing

Persistence is a funny thing. Either it’s an exalted sign of a noble being willing to suffer a task against all odds, or it’s an indication of an idiot unwilling to change his mind. Fox News’s Sean Hannity likes to think he fits into the former camp. But even Fox News knows he belongs in the latter.

The latest reason? Hannity persists in peddling a thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that is not just brazenly misguided (it’s a conspiracy theory!) but is downright painful. This time, the theory revolves around Hannity’s exploitation of the untimely death of a young Democratic National Committee staffer named Seth Rich.

Related: Sean Hannity targets media watchdog amid questions over future at Fox News

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The news channel has told its Trump-boosting host to stop insinuating that a Democrat was killed for passing emails to WikiLeaks. But that hasn’t prevented him tweeting about it …

Name: Sean Hannity.

Age: 55.

Related: Fox drops Seth Rich murder story as Sean Hannity attacks 'liberal fascism'

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Trump confidante and husband of ambassadorial nominee repeats WikiLeaks theory denounced as ‘fake news’ by family of murdered DNC staffer

A prominent ally of Donald Trump suggested on Sunday that the special counsel appointed to investigate alleged links between the president’s aides and Russia should instead focus on the murder last year of a young Democratic staffer, Seth Rich, which has become the focus of conspiracy theorists.

Related: HR McMaster refuses to say if Trump pressed Russia on election interference

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WikiLeaks founder describes end of rape allegations inquiry as ‘important victory’, but would still face arrest in London if he leaves embassy

Julian Assange has declared that “the proper war is just commencing” after Swedish prosecutors unexpectedly dropped their investigation into an allegation of rape against him, ending a torturous seven-year extradition battle that nevertheless leaves significant question marks over his future.

The 45-year-old WikiLeaks founder appeared on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he had sought asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, and said Friday’s decision was “an important victory”.

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Related: Julian Assange's future far from clear despite dropping of Sweden inquiry

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