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When WikiLeaks released more than 8,000 files about the CIA’s global hacking programs this month, it dropped a tantalizing clue: The leak came from private contractors. Federal investigators quickly confirmed this, calling contractors the likeliest sources. As a result of the breach, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange said, the CIA had “lost control of its entire [].
Mar 16 2017
Wikileaks has been commented on by 78 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Wikileaks are: Julian Assange, Donald J. Trump and François Bonnet. For instance, the most recent quote from Julian Assange is: “WikiLeaks discovered the material as a result of it being passed around a number of different members of the U.S. intelligence community, out of control, in an unauthorized fashion. It looks like not only is that material being spread around contractors and former American computer hackers for hire, but now may be in the black market.”.
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Joseph Lorenzo Hall

I think a number of companies will welcome this gesture and work hard to develop updates or at least mitigations that may make some of these flaws harder to exploit. If WikiLeaks gives you a gift, you probably want to be careful with it!

Sean Spicer

And make no mistake about it I think the president has talked before that anybody who leaked classified information will be held to the highest degree of law. We will go after people who leak classified information. we'll prosecute them to the full extent of the law. This is playing with our nation's national security is not something that should be taken lightly under this administration.

Heather Fritz Horniak

As we've said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity. Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries.

Michael Costello - Cisco Systems

Between the time that we notified them and the release date, it was approximately one line of code per week.

Ewen MacAskill

The reporting of the latest Wikileaks material shows the media have now grasped the surveillance threat. But tougher official oversight is what’s really needed. A glance at Wednesday’s newspaper headlines about the hacking capabilities of security services in Britain and the US would have cheered privacy advocates. “Spy in your TV” was the splash in the Sun. The Mirror, also on the front page, had “MI5 bugging smart TVs”. The Times, again on the front, had: “Thousands of CIA spy files posted on internet: British intelligence helped hack TVs and phones”. And the Mail: “How our spooks helped the CIA create ‘spy TVs’”.

Sean Spicer

Playing with our nation's national security is not something that should be taken lightly under this administration. It's interesting that we're hearing not as much outrage now when it comes to some of our issues of national security.

Daniel Prieto

This is the double-edged sword of the digitization of everything. Think back to the James Bond movies with a guy in the backroom with a camera that looks like a cigarette lighter taking 20 pictures of a weapons design system. Nowadays, one thumb drive can contain hundreds of thousands of pages.

Varun Badhwar

Yes, I think anything connected to the internet is hackable, is something that can be compromised and ultimately you've got to be mindful of where you want your devices placed inside of your homes, offices and across your personal life.

Will Donaldson

They're tapping into cars. They're tapping into home TVs. They're tapping into every device that you would carry that has a battery in it basically. Because of that, it's so prevalent. There's just so many holes. We're just getting started looking at them. I think Samsung was one of them that they listed, that they could turn it on remotely but it wouldn't put the power light on. So anybody in that room would then be discussing or talking and being monitored without their knowledge or consent.

Chris Wysopal - Veracode

The clear move is to notify vendors. If WikiLeaks has this data then it's likely others have this data, too. The binaries and source code that contain zero days should be shared with people who build detection and signatures for a living.

Sean Spicer

There is a big difference between disclosing John Podesta's gmail accounts about a back-and-forth, and his undermining of Hillary Clinton and his thoughts on her of a personal nature, and the leaking of classified information. There is a massive, massive difference between those two things. And I think the interest and the outrage that occurred last year by a lot of Democrats, when it came to leaks, it's interesting that we're hearing not as much outrage now when it comes to some of our issues of national security.

Andy Yen - Central Intelligence Agency

The exploitation of user endpoints (mobile phones, personal computers, etc) is actually not a new technique, but one that has existed since the first malware was created. This unfortunately is not something that cryptography is designed to defend against, as encryption by itself cannot guarantee the security of end-user devices.

Andy Yen - Central Intelligence Agency

The core cryptographic algorithms and techniques used by ProtonMail and other encrypted services remain secure.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber 'weapons'. Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such 'weapons', which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber 'weapons,' . Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such 'weapons,' which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade. But the significance of 'Year Zero' [the first part of the release] goes well beyond the choice between cyberwar and cyberpeace. The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective.

Andrew Marshello

Today's leaks definitely concern me, but at this point I have accepted that security risks are an inherent part of our modern technology. Since that tech is so integrated into our society, it's hard to take the reasonable step – cutting out smart devices, messaging apps, etc. – without sacrificing a part of social life.

Matt Holden

At this point, I am so used to reading stories about accounts getting hacked that it is to be expected. So long as I conduct myself in a way that would mean I have nothing to hide, then I'm not worried about the government taking a look.

Joel Brenner

If something is shared with hundreds or thousands of people, there's a sense in which it's already no longer a secret.

Sinan Eren - Avast Software

We can prevent attacks in real time if we were given the hooks into the mobile operating system. If we can drive a paradigm shift where mobile platforms don't shut off access, we'll be better able to detect when hackers are hiding in a mobile (phone).

Mary Dejevsky

Revelations by the whistleblowing publisher seems to confirm worst fears that our every move is being monitored by intelligence services, through everyday devices in the home. Most people who have ever used a company computer and called IT will remember the unease they felt the first time the tech people “took control” of their computer and they had to watch as the cursor meandered around the screen, guided remotely by someone else. It turns out that the “someone else” may not always be the guys in your own back office. Until now, the very suspicion would have been regarded as an early sign of paranoia. No longer.

Sean Spicer

You're seeing the leaks happen over and over again that come out throughout the administration, throughout government and undermine national security.

Jake Williams

There's no question that there's a fire drill going on right now. It wouldn't surprise me that there are people changing careers -- and ending careers -- as we speak. I can't fathom anyone fabricated that amount of operational security concern. It rings true to me. The only people who are having that conversation are people who are engaging in nation-state-level hacking.

Bob Ayers

The damage right now is relatively high-level. (But) the potential for really detailed damage will come in the following releases.

James Lewis

This might be one explanation for the leaks – it's data to build a case that the Russian interference and connections are a secret 'deep state' plot, as the false flag bits in WikiLeaks 'shows'. Mr Trump, who last year angrily dismissed the conclusion of intelligence officials that the Russians interfered in the presidential election to boost his candidacy, has now asked both his staff and a congressional committee investigating Moscow's influence on the election to turn up evidence that Mr Obama led an effort to spy on him.

Matthew D. Green

The real scandal and damaging thing is not knowing these things exist, but that the C.I.A. could be so careless with them that they leaked out.

Denelle Dixon - Mozilla

The C.I.A. seems to be stockpiling vulnerabilities, and WikiLeaks seems to be using that trove for shock value rather than coordinating disclosure to the affected companies to give them a chance to fix it and protect users. Although today's disclosures are jarring, we hope this raises awareness of the severity of these issues and the urgency of collaborating on reforms.

David Gutelius - Motiva

After the Snowden disclosures, the Obama administration worked hard to re-establish relationships and government-industry partnerships. This leak will challenge those ties to some extent. But I don't see companies simply walking away from the table as a result of this. Government and industry still need one another.

Eric Lipton - The Times
David E. Sanger - The Times
Scott Shane - The Times

Every major publication, including The Times, published multiple stories citing the D.N.C. and [Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John] Podesta emails posted by WikiLeaks, becoming a de facto instrument of Russian intelligence.

Jennifer Robinson

We are preparing potential legal remedies should the opposition come to power in Ecuador. You don't change asylum protections just because a change of government. His health is deteriorating. It's obviously far from ideal but given the difficult circumstances he is doing incredibly well, but the situation has to end and it is in the hands of the U.S. administration to end that situation.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We look forward to having a conversation with the DoJ (Department of Justice) about what the correct way forward is. I've always been willing to go to the United States provided my rights are respected because this is a case that should never have occurred.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted. It's not going to be commuted (until) May. We can have many discussions to that point.

Barry Pollack

There's no question that what President Obama did is not what Assange was seeking. Mr. Assange was saying that Chelsea should never have been prosecuted, never have been sentenced to decades in prison, and should have been released immediately.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

As we have already stated, WikiLeaks' sources with relation to the John Podesta and DNC leaks are not state parties. They do not come from the Russian government.

Chuck Schumer

I'd say to the president-elect that this is serious, serious stuff – people's health is at stake and people's lives are a stake. This is not a time for calling names – it's a time for them to step up to the plate if they want to repeal and show us what they want us to replace it with.

Kellyanne Conway

He [also] receives regular briefings from his security team, from outside sources, and he ... has agreed to receive this top-level intelligence briefing from the nation's top, top intelligence officials.

Kellyanne Conway

This was the information that [Assange] put forward. I think that's a bombshell. [Trump] receives any number of different intelligence pieces of information from a number of different sources, including the ... presidential daily briefing.

Barack Obama

In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that did not happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out, there were going to be some serious consequences if he did not. And in fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process. But the leaks through Wikileaks had already occurred.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

This is not due to a personal desire to influence the outcome of the election. The Democratic and Republican candidates have both expressed hostility towards whistleblowers.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

In recent months, WikiLeaks and I personally have come under enormous pressure to stop publishing what the Clinton campaign says about itself to itself. This is not due to a personal desire to influence the outcome of the election.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

As a result of publishing Clinton's cables and indexing her emails we are seen as domain experts on Clinton archives. So it is natural that Clinton sources come to us.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We had information that fit our editorial criteria which related to the Sanders and Clinton campaign (DNC Leaks) and the Clinton political campaign and Foundation (Podesta Emails). No-one disputes the public importance of these publications. It would be unconscionable for WikiLeaks to withhold such an archive from the public during an election.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

The real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work. No one disputes the public importance of these publications. It would be unconscionable for WikiLeaks to withhold such an archive from the public during an election. We cannot publish what we do not have. The campaign was unable to invoke evidence about our publications – because none exists.

Marianne Ny - WikiLeaks

I welcome the fact that the investigation can now move forward via an interview with the suspect.

Kelly McBride

The side that is working against a candidate has targeted a certain group of voters and is pushing a specific message to these voters. As a journalist, you want to speak to these voters in a way that is informed and reasonable.

Lauren Pratapas - CNN

When preparing for interviews, we are regularly sent suggestions from rival campaigns and political parties, both solicited and unsolicited. Casting a wide net to ensure a tough and fair interview isn't just common media practice, it's smart.

Frank Sesno

When doing research for an interview, you go behind enemy lines to both learn what the opposition is thinking and what the pressure points might be. If they were colluding with them or trading some kind of favors, that would be different.

Adam Collins

A dedicated Gmail domain allowed for better security given the growing threat of cyberattacks.

Adam Collins

After the mayor's election in 2011, the campaign fund set up a new email to ensure the mayor was not using government email for private or political use, which could violate city ordinance or state law. A dedicated Gmail domain allowed for better security given the growing threat of cyberattacks.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks' sources for the Podesta emails currently being published are not state parties. We have independently authenticated the emails. WikiLeaks has a decade-long, perfect record in the accurate authentication of leaked documents. The original sources of the Podesta emails are Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and his correspondents.

Donald J. Trump

If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren't in the White House, just imagine what they'll do if given the chance to once again control the Oval Office. The more emails WikiLeaks releases, the more lines between the Clinton Foundation, the secretary of state's office and the Clinton's personal finances - they all get blurred.

Jason Chaffetz

Even before we get to Day One, we've got two years' worth of material already lined up.

Donald J. Trump

The more e-mails Wikileaks releases, the more (the) lines between the Clinton Foundation, her State Department and Clinton's personal businesses ... get blurred. We read about Clinton confidant Doug Band bragging he had funneled tens of millions of dollars to Bill Clinton Inc. through the foundation donations, paid speeches and consulting contracts. Mr. Band called the arrangement 'unorthodox.' The rest of us call it outright corrupt.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton is fending off the fallout of bad headlines from Obama's health care law and of the daily WikiLeaks dump. So far the hacked emails have rather been embarrassing than damaging. But who knows what's coming next – there are still 13 days to go.

Brian Fallon

Wouldn't it be good reading to see internal discussions (about) Trump's taxes? Wikileaks isn't targeting Trump. That tells you something.

Finn Brunton

He tends not to think about people, he thinks about systems. What he wants to do is interfere with the machinery of government regardless of who is in charge.

Donald J. Trump

The day that the Hillary WikiLeaks come out, you know, all of a sudden people start coming forward. I think you have to be really naive to think that one and the other weren't coordinated together.

John Podesta

I don't want to bug you today. The memo pasted below concerns a possible invitation to the G-20 meeting on November 15.

John Podesta

Barack, Good meeting yesterday. When we got off on the idea of creating an emergency national economic council, we left unresolved two questions that were contained in my 2 page cover memo.

James Clapper

Two weeks ago DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and I released a joint statement saying that the recent compromise of emails was directed by the Russian Government. The emails released on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. Going after the U.S. political organizations is a new and aggressive spin on the political cycle.

Hillary Clinton

You are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks. What is really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the internet. This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government.

Hillary Clinton

They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet.

John Kirby

While our concerns about WikiLeaks are longstanding, any suggestion that Secretary Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down Wikileaks is false. Reports that Secretary Kerry had conversations with Ecuadorian officials about this are simply untrue. Period.

Mandy Grunwald

Maybe you think the Deutsche Bank speech takes the sting out of the Goldman report – but I am concerned that the passage below will exacerbate not improve the situation.

Hillary Clinton

I think that's a message worth recalling today when so many hardworking American families, and I add European families feel like they're falling further and further behind, while they see, in their view, the playing field becoming more unlevel, and feeling as though it doesn't matter how hard they work because the game is rigged against them.

Dan Schwerin

It's definitely not as tough or pointed as we would write it now, but it's more more than most people would assume she was saying in paid speeches.

Mandy Grunwald

First, the remarks below make it sound like HRC DOESNT think the game is rigged – only that she recognizes that the public thinks so. They are angry. She isn't.

Hillary Clinton

And if there are issues, if there's wrongdoing, people have to be held accountable and we have to try to deter future bad behavior, because the public trust is at the core of both a free market economy and a democracy.

Hillary Clinton

So even if it may not be 100 percent true, if the perception is that somehow the game is rigged, that should be a problem for all of us, and we have to be willing to make that absolutely clear. And if there are issues, if there's wrongdoing, people have to be held accountable and we have to try to deter future bad behavior, because the public trust is at the core of both a free market economy and a democracy.

Mary Podesta

[T]his show is receiving uniquely scathing reviews – on one hand would be interesting to see what the controversy is about, but on other it may not be worth the money for all of us?

Donald J. Trump

So … if you guys don't vote for me as a victor, I'm going to be very angry at you.

Donald J. Trump

The Clinton machine is at the center of this power structure. We have seen this in the WikiLeaks documents in which Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends, and her donors.

Donald J. Trump

These WikiLeaks emails confirm what those of us here today have known all along Hillary Clinton is the vessel, a corrupt global establishment that is raiding our country and surrendering sovereignty of our nation.

Donald J. Trump

These Wikileaks emails confirm what those of us here today have known all along – Hillary Clinton is vessel for a corrupt global establishment. Wikileaks has given us a window into the secret corridors of government power.

Hillary Clinton

I think we have to have a concerted plan to increase trade already under the current circumstances ... and we have to resist, protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade. My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.

Sean McGarvey

These types of decisions made by this administration get dumped in the presidential race and it's kind of unfair. We don't like all of Clinton's energy policies but we think it's reasonable.

Nikki Budzinski

Could we mention that ... as we transition HRC wants to create more careers within the new energy economy? Careers is their buzz word.

Walter Isaacson

We don't have one big national election system, so it's going to be a mess if the Russians keep hacking in [and] leaking material through WikiLeaks or other places.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We're going to need ... an army to defend us from the pressure that is already starting to arrive.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

As Wikileaks stands under threat so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks.

Donald J. Trump

I love WikiLeaks! I will tell you this, Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let's see if that happens. The Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. They could have had hacking defense, which we had. . . .They tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through. We have to do that for our country. It's very important.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

The real story is what these emails contain and they show collusion. We have not disclosed our source, and of course, this is a diversion that's being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

Would Hillary Clinton have won anyway? Maybe, maybe not. I think that it's completely up in the air now, and so the result of the nomination process has no political legitimacy.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

The emails that we have released are different sets of documents to the documents of those [that] people have analyzed.

Olga Gerovassili

The Greek government is demanding explanations from the IMF over whether seeking to create default conditions in Greece, shortly ahead of the referendum in Britain, is the fund's official position.

Christophe Peschoux

A detention can be legal, all the existing legal procedure may have been implemented, and still be arbitrary. And in this case the Working Group has decided that the detention may be legal, but it is arbitrary.

Poul M. Thomsen - International Monetary Fund

Look you, Mrs. Merkel, you face a question: you have to think about what is more costly, to go ahead without the IMF–would the Bundestag say 'The IMF is not on board?', or [to] pick the debt relief that we think that Greece needs in order to keep us on board?

Poul M. Thomsen - International Monetary Fund

What is going to bring it all to a decision point? In the past there has been only one time when the decision has been made and then that was when [the Greeks] were about to run out of money seriously and to default. […] And possibly this is what is going to happen again. In that case, it drags on until July, and clearly the Europeans are not going to have any discussions for a month before the Brexit….

Kristinn Hrafnsson - WikiLeaks

The warrant is still in place. If he leaves the embassy we will make every effort to arrest him.

Philip Lynch

There seems to me a real risk that if he left the embassy that he may expose himself to arrest or questioning.

Melinda Taylor

An allegation of rape is still outstanding and a European arrest warrant in place, so the UK continues to have a legal obligation to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden. We have been consistently clear that Mr Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the UK but is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy.

François Bonnet

While the US wants to protect itself with incredibly sophisticated surveillance systems, the first lesson is that these systems can't truly protect them. The second lesson is that these systems are destroying America's reputation as a democratic power.

François Bonnet

Alas no (we haven't published everything). These are important documents which I think tell very different stories of surveillance and espionage. We are going to publish them in several parts so that we can have enough time – each time – to analyse the exact scope of these documents.

François Bonnet

It's not new but all the same – on this scale -we need to understand the National Security Agency and the CIA's errors which have undermined the image of the United States as a truly democratic country.

François Bonnet

More and more people are suggesting France because these people are fighting for our liberty. And for that reason, I think it's essential that France and other European countries grant political asylum to Assange and Snowden.

François Bonnet

We have been a longstanding partner of Wikileaks and we were one of the first French media outlets to support the whistleblower Julian Assange. So what happened (this time)? Well while completely ignoring international treaties, the US massively spied on governments and foreign powers including one of their best allies, in this case the French government.

François Bonnet

Julian Assange is still very active. At the same time, I want to highlight the unbearable situation that he has found himself in over the past 3 years. He lives as a recluse in a small room in the Equador embassy in London and he can't leave without the threat of immediate arrest. Meanwhile Edward Snowden lives as a recluse in Russia. So I think that a country the size of France should grant both Assange and Snowden asylum.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

The French people have a right to know their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance.

Per Samuelson

The bottom line is, after the autumn of 2010, the prosecutor did nothing for more than four years – that's clear breach of Swedish law. That has hurt Mr Assange severely and it has also hurt both of the women who have not had their case tried for over four years and it hurts the court because witnesses forget, time passes on and all the evidence is much worse now than it was back in 2010.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

Its not easy being a party leader at a distance with a 9 hour time delay… I went to sleep last night, during the night this whole kerfuffle broke out in Australia, I wasn't aware of it until this morning. Leslie didn't speak to me to address any issues or concerns.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation.

Nicholas Phillips

The majority has concluded that the Swedish public prosecutor was a judicial authority, within both the framework decision and the extradition act.

Ricardo Patino

The government of Ecuador is evaluating the request from Julian Assange and whatever decision it takes regarding him will take into account respect for the norms and principles of international law, just as Ecuador's traditional policies are sensitive to human rights.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We have had more legal threats and attempted lawsuits by banks than any other organisations. None have been successful and I do not expect them to be successful in the future.

Phil Shiner

US and UK forces cannot turn a blind eye on the basis that it wasn't their soldiers doing the torturing and that's what has happened and is revealed in these logs. Both states have the clearest of international obligations to take definite and effective action to stop the torture by the Iraqis. That they did not makes them complicit.

Alex Gibney

Well there's a wonderful David and Goliath quality about WikiLeaks. The idea that a few guys with laptops in their backpacks can make a huge difference, can suddenly collect these secrets and then publish them to the world I think it's a fantastic idea.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued since the war officially ended.

Antonio Tajani

He said he believed in Galileo, and then after this incident he sent a letter saying so. You know, WikiLeaks isn't the Bible.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage. Great care has been taken to make sure that Mr Snowden can't be pressured by any state to stop the publications process. The United States, by cancelling his passport has left him for the moment marooned in Russia.

Dmitry Medvedev

These leaks show the whole world the cynicism of the assessments and at times the judgments that prevail in the foreign policy of various states – in this case the US.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

Our work with WikiLeaks continues unabated. We are stepping up publishing for Cablegate and other materials. They will be shortly appearing with the help of our newspaper partners.

P.J. Crowley

The people in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be do exactly what people in the United States and other countries are doing.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

I call on Eric Holder today to immediately drop the ongoing national security investigation against WikiLeaks or resign.

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