DNC Emails Scrubbed from WikiLeaks as Julian Assange Returns Home

All documents and emails leaked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have now been scrubbed from the WikiLeaks database amid founder Julian Assange’s historic release.

As part of the plea deal reached between Assange and U.S. prosecutors for his release, he was required to instruct WikiLeaks to destroy information exposing state secrets.

However, at the time of publishing, files related to the U.S. government, CIA, and NSA are all still available on the website.

The only files that appear to have been scrubbed are the DNC emails and documents.

All 19,252 DNC emails & 8,034 documents have now been removed from the Wikileaks website.

Users who try to access the files receive a message that states: “Internal Server Error.”

The removal has left many questioning the motives behind the decision to release Assange by Democrat President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ).

An inaccurate “Community Notes” fact check was added to reports on X that the DNC files had been scrubbed.

The “fact check” claims that the files are still online and provides a link to a search for the DNC emails on the WikiLeaks website.

While it is possible to search for the files on the website, and it shows a list of results, the pages it links to are all offline, so the files are not accessible.

As Slay News reported, Assange was finally been released this week after securing a plea deal with the U.S. government to return home to his native Australia.

Assange was released from a British prison on Monday evening and boarded a flight to a remote Pacific island.

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The whistleblower traveled to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S.-controlled territory north of Guam.

The islands are 3,400 miles north of Australia, Assange’s country of citizenship.

On Wednesday, Assange appeared in a U.S. district court in Saipan to confirm the plea deal.

52-year-old Assange formally pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets.

Court documents revealing Assange’s plea deal were filed Monday evening in U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.

After pleading guilty to the charges, Assange was sentenced to 62 months.

However, with credit for time served in a British prison, he was released and free to return to Australia, where he was born.

One of Assange’s lawyers, Jennifer Robinson, said after the hearing that the whole ordeal “sets a dangerous precedent that should be a concern to journalists everywhere.”

During the hearing, Assange appeared emotional and there were moments of humor and laughter in interaction with the judge and with the court.

According to The Guardian, for example, when the judge questioned whether satisfied with the plea conditions, Assange responded:

“It might depend on the outcome.”

The comment reportedly provoked some laughter in the courtroom.

Chief Judge Ramona Manglona said at the start:

“Not many people recognize we are part of the United States, but that is true.”

By the end, the judge pronounced: “It appears this case ends with me.”

“I hope there will be some peace restored,” Manglona added.

Videos show the moment Assange walked out of the courtroom a free man.

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Crucially, the judge said something that marks a significant blow to Assange’s and WikiLeaks’ critics.

For years, detractors have maintained that the leaks – particularly the Iraq and Afghan war logs – put intelligence officers and foreign assets in danger and may have gotten some killed.

However, Manglona explained that the key to the deal for his freedom was that he already served years in a notoriously harsh UK prison.

The judge also confirmed that no actual physical harm was caused due to Assange’s actions.

“You stand before me to be sentenced in this criminal action,” the judge said.

“I would note the following: Timing matters.

“If this case was brought before me sometime near 2012, without the benefit of what I know now, that you served a period of imprisonment… in apparently one of the harshest facilities in the United Kingdom.”

“There’s another significant fact – the government has indicated there is no personal victim here,” the judge continued.

“That tells me the dissemination of this information did not result in any known physical injury.

“These two facts are very relevant.

“I would say if this was still unknown and closer to [2012] I would not be so inclined to accept this plea agreement before me,” Manglona added.

“But it’s the year 2024.”

Meanwhile, former intelligence officials and national security pundits have been outraged over the plea deal.

Some are still falsely claiming Assange’s leaks got people killed and harmed U.S. operations abroad.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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