On Monday, October 17th, Wikileaks sent out a tweet which reads: "Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans." It is unclear at this time what exactly is meant by a "state party" or "appropriate contingency plans" though many are speculating that this latest event is linked to Wikileaks' continued release of sensitive materials tied to United States Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The unknown hacker Guccifer 2.0 has been linked to some of these releases though at this time it seems as if Wikileaks is receiving information from many independent sources. Many within the United States government contend that Wikileaks is acting specifically on behalf of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and that efforts todelegitimize the United States government through releases of sensitive documents constitute acts of war.

Who is Julian Assange?

War like rhetoric between the United States and Russia has continued to escalate in recent weeks culminating with Vice President Joe Biden's Sunday, October 16th interview on Meet the Press when he promised: "We're sending a message. We have the capacity to do it. And, the message... he'll (Russian President Vladimir Putin) know it. And it will be at the time of our choosing.

And under the circumstances that have the greatest impact." When asked if the United States public would be aware of a cyber strike against Russian interests, Vice President Biden answered matter of factly: "Hope not".

Julian Assange of the global whistle blower organization Wikileaks is considered by many to be the most dangerous man in the entire world. His dedication and tenacity in exposing government corruption have certainly not won him the support of many governments.

Wikileaks has been at the center of global controversy for years and its embattled leader and editor in chief, Assange, has been stuck inside Eucador's London Embassy since 2012.

In a September 30th, 2016 interview with Germany's Der Spiegel, Assange affirmed that he would happily publish secret documents related to United States Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump or Russian President Vladimir Putin if such information reached Wikileaks.

In that interview when asked why his organization was targeting Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Assange responded: "We're not going to start censoring our publications because there is a US election. Our role is to publish. Clinton has been in government so we have much more to publish on Clinton. There is a lot of naivety. The US presidency will continue to represent the major power groups of the United States,big business and the military,regardless of who the talking head is."

Year of the leak chronicles continued

At this time it is unclear how Wikileaks and Julian Assange will continue to push back.

What is certain however is that Wikileaks and Julian Assange have no doubt changed the course of history and the trajectory of justice in a very remarkable and profound way. Never before in the history of global civil society has one individual brought so many state secrets to light. No one can be sure what will come as a result of Wikileaks' continued efforts but this remains one of the most controversial and concerning developing stories of our lifetime.

As of 9:00 AM (EST) on Tuesday, October 18th Wikileaks sent out tweets reading: "BREAKING: Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations." and "The John Kerry private meeting with Ecuador was made on the sidelines of the negotiations which took place principally on Sep 26 in Colombia."

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