Courtesy of CNN:
New documents obtained exclusively by CNN reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 US election, during a series of suspicious meetings at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The documents build on the possibility, raised by special counsel Robert Mueller in his report on Russian meddling, that couriers brought hacked files to Assange at the embassy.
The surveillance reports also describe how Assange turned the embassy into a command center and orchestrated a series of damaging disclosures that rocked the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States.
Despite being confined to the embassy while seeking safe passage to Ecuador, Assange met with Russians and world-class hackers at critical moments, frequently for hours at a time. He also acquired powerful new computing and network hardware to facilitate data transfers just weeks before WikiLeaks received hacked materials from Russian operatives.
These stunning details come from hundreds of surveillance reports compiled for the Ecuadorian government by UC Global, a private Spanish security company, and obtained by CNN. They chronicle Assange’s movements and provide an unprecedented window into his life at the embassy. They also add a new dimension to the Mueller report, which cataloged how WikiLeaks helped the Russians undermine the US election.
An Ecuadorian intelligence official told CNN that the surveillance reports are authentic.
Get a load of how this whole thing went down:
JUNE 14, 2016
Democratic National Committee announces it’s been hacked and blames Russia.
JUNE 19, 2016
Assange asks the Ecuadorian embassy to beef up his Internet connection.
Embassy staff give Assange technical support “for data transmission,” according to the surveillance reports, and help install new equipment.
JULY 6, 2016
WikiLeaks asks Russian hackers for materials about Clinton “because the (Democratic National Convention) is approaching and she will solidify bernie (Sanders) supporters behind her after.”
JULY 14, 2016
Russian hackers send encrypted files to WikiLeaks, titled “big archive.”
Assange meets for hours with German hackers Andrew Müller-Maguhn and Bernd Fix.
JULY 18, 2016
Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland.
At the embassy, an Ecuadorian security guard abandons his post to receive a package outside the embassy from a man in disguise.
WikiLeaks tells the Russian hackers they got the files.
JULY 22, 2016
WikiLeaks releases more than 20,000 internal files from the Democratic National Committee.
And the whole time this is going on Assange us adamantly denying that he is working with the Russians.
I really think it is past time that Assange was extradited to the United States.
There are a whole lot of questions that I think he needs to start answering.