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Project Veritas obtains call recording revealing Assange warning State Department of classified leaks

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Investigative group Project Veritas released Wednesday a 2011 phone call reportedly between Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and a lawyer Cliff Johnson in the State Department, which was then run by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The video comes as Assange may be pardoned by President Donald Trump, according to reports.

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The recordings were from an August 2011 phone call and reveal that Assange warned the U.S. government “trouble was coming their way with unredacted release of classified cables stolen from Wikileaks,” Project Veritas reports.

In one part of the phone call, Assange can reportedly be heard telling Johnson: “Yes, so the situation is that we have intelligence that the State Department Database Archive of 250,000 diplomatic cables including declassified cables is being spread around and is to the degree that we believe that within the next few days it will become public and we’re not sure what the timing would be… And there may be some possibility to stop it.”

The reported documents were to be redacted by Wikileaks at the time. However, they were stolen before that was to occur, according to Project Veritas.

Assange can reportedly be heard saying that the person behind the leak would be”…. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a previous employee that we suspended last August.”

Edward Snowden commented on the video on Twitter Wednesday, saying “This extraordinary recording (which I had never heard before) confirms claims that @Wikileaks made for years, but its critics dismissed as lies.”

He added,” 1) Assange DID seek to minimize risks to individuals 2)Bulk release of cables was forced, not intentional.”

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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