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Donald Trump Jr communicated with WikiLeaks during final stages of election

President’s son exchanged direct messages with WikiLeaks Twitter account weeks before election day, a new leak of private correspondence shows

Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of the US president, was in direct communication with WikiLeaks in the crucial final stages of the 2016 presidential election, a new leak of private correspondence from inside the Trump circle reveals.

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Early Trump campaign adviser pleaded guilty to making false statements about Russia contacts to FBI

An early foreign policy adviser and aide to President Donald Trump’s campaign team secretly pleaded guilty earlier this month to making false statements to the FBI about the nature and extent of his contacts with foreign nationals who he knew had ties to senior Russian government officials.

George Papadopoulos, 30, was a foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign in early 2016. He sent at least six emails to top Trump advisers during the campaign offering to set up meetings with Russian officials, The Washington Post reported in August. The first of those emails was sent in March 2016 with the subject line ” Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.”

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Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Surrenders to F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning, after a person close to the case said the first charges were filed in a special counsel investigation.

The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office. Also charged was Mr. Manafort’s former business associate Rick Gates, who was also told to surrender on Monday, the person said.

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Clinton ‘may have known’ about funding the Steele dossier says her former spokesman

  • Former Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias has been revealed to have paid for the ‘dirty dossier’ on Donald Trump
  • Campaign lawyer Marc Elias hired research firm Fusion GPS back in April 2016
  • The firm had earlier gathered opposition material for an unknown GOP client
  • Clinton’s lawyer and his law firm Perkins Coie continued to fund the research until days before last year’s election
  • Former Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said the degree of what Clinton knew is ‘beyond my knowledge’
  • He said he hadn’t spoken with Clinton about it 
  • Said Clinton ‘may or may not have’ been aware of level of detail that the campaign lawyer hired political intelligence firm Fusion GPS

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White House insiders paint a grim picture of Trump’s increasingly volatile behavior

  • Some White House insiders and close associates of President Donald Trump have expressed concern about Trump’s behavior of late.
  • Ongoing feuds with members of his own party have isolated Trump as he struggles to implement his agenda.
  • Trump’s public fights on social media have only grown more intense including with members of his own party.
  • Trump has reportedly found himself isolated in a White House that’s far more subdued under the direction of chief of staff John Kelly.

A cadre of White House insiders and close associates of President Donald Trump have painted a grim picture of an increasingly volatile Trump, who in the last few weeks has found himself at the center of near-constant battles that have frequently spilled out into the public.

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Here are Harvey Weinstein’s alleged actresses with love affair

The movie mogul’s lawyers have dismissed ‘false’ reports of sexual harassment, but industry insiders claim there have long been rumors about his behavior.

When Emily Best, a Los Angeles-based film producer, got a text about the Harvey Weinstein “news”, it did not, she said, come as a surprise. Many in Hollywood had heard rumors of allegations against the movie mogul similar to those published in a New York Times investigation. More surprising to some was that it took this long for the accusations of “decades of sexual harassment” to be made public.

“We’re all fucking complicit, and it has to stop,” said Best, who said the accusations against Weinstein were an “open secret” in Hollywood. “The industry at large,” she alleged, “provided shelter for his bad behavior directly and indirectly” by staying silent.

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But how widespread was the knowledge of his alleged harassment? And how common is the kind of behavior attributed to the mogul?

The report published Thursday said that Weinstein, one of the most powerful figures in the industry, faces allegations of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment spanning several decades.

The award-winning producer repeatedly invited women to his hotel room for business purposes, it was alleged, and would greet them in the nude or ask them to massage him or watch him shower. The paper said he had reached settlements with at least eight women, including actors and assistants.

Weinstein apologized for the “pain” he had caused and announced a leave of absence, but his attorney said the story was “saturated with false and defamatory statements” and said he was planning to file a lawsuit against the newspaper. Weinstein has not faced criminal charges and has said he denies “many” of the allegations, none of which have been independently confirmed by the Guardian.

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“I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power,” Weinstein said in an interview with Page Six after the story broke in which he nonetheless insisted New York Times reporting had been “reckless”. He added: “I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

Beyond specific claims against Weinstein, the scandal has shone a harsh light on a culture of sexual misconduct that some say prevails in a male-dominated film and television industry that has barely changed in the last 40 years.

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To some industry figures and observers, the Weinstein allegations, if true, reflect one of Hollywood’s great shames, particularly considering that his reputation remained untouched for so long despite decades of allegations.

Influential executives who can make or break projects and careers, they claim, are able to prey on vulnerable women, and victims comply and stay quiet, either out of fear that they will be blacklisted or due to tight legal restrictions in non-disparagement agreements.

Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of the website Women and Hollywood, said if the accusations were true, anyone who may have “enabled” Weinstein would “have this on their conscience”. “The women who are brave enough to speak up – they are heroes,” she added.

Weinstein – who produced Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction and other award-winning films and television shows – is well connected inside and outside of Hollywood, with a diverse range of powerful allies. He has long been a mega-donor to Democrats, hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton last year and maintaining close ties to Barack Obama. He helped fund a feminist studies program in honor of Gloria Steinem. His company distributed the Hunting Ground, a hugely influential documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.

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One jarring illustration of the potential benefits of his “liberal” credentials is the fact that he secured the world-famous women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom as one of his advisers during the scandal. Bloom is the daughter of the high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and is known for taking on Fox NewsBill CosbyDonald Trump and other powerful men and corporations.

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Her cases have helped build momentum and inspired others to speak out, with huge consequences for the accused and their industries. Some hope the Weinstein affair will prompt similar soul-searching in Hollywood.

Bloom announced in April that Weinstein was producing a series based on a book she wrote. In her statement Thursday, Bloom called Weinstein an “old dinosaur learning new ways”, adding: “I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me.” She said Weinstein “is not going to demean or attack any of the women making accusations against him, although he does dispute many of the allegations”.

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Weinstein’s sway in the industry may have made people fearful about speaking up.

“I work with clients who have worked with him directly, and all are saying they are not surprised,” said Danny Deraney, a Los Angeles PR executive who does crisis communications for celebrities.

Well-connected entertainment journalists have also written this week about the “open secret” that there were accusations swirling around Weinstein.

The New York magazine writer Rebecca Traister said she had been having conversationsabout allegations of his sexual harassment history for more than 17 years. Some have pointed out that there have long been unproven whisperings and rumors. Many prominent figures in Hollywood have, on the other hand, continued to remain silent this week.

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Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a film crowdfunding platform, said she had mentors who worked with Weinstein and shared concerns and rumors over the years. “Nobody had good stories about him,” she said, adding that the behavior described in the article was not uncommon in the industry.

“The Hollywood enterprise has thrived on an imbalance of power,” she said. “Everyone protects the ‘genius’ … And we’ve all agreed that women can be collateral damage.”

She pointed out how ads for assistants in Hollywood often call for people with “thick skin”, which she said is code for tolerating harassment and mistreatment: “We groom people for it. We literally are saying to young people in the industry, ‘Get ready for abuse.’”

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One Hollywood insider who knows Weinstein, and requested anonymity in order to speak candidly, said that conversations about the producer’s behavior had been taking place for years, and some had accepted it as part of the industry culture. “This is not restricted or confined to Harvey. This happens everywhere,” the source said. “Ask any actress and she would tell you stories about experiences with sexual harassment.”

The fallout of the Weinstein revelations remains to be seen. Some predicted an avalanche of victims speaking out about mistreatment in the industry – the same way viral accounts of harassment have recently inspired scrutiny and reform in Silicon Valleytelevision broadcasting and the porn industry.

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Deraney, the PR executive, said more people in the industry would have to consider whether it was too toxic to be associated with Weinstein and predicted that the long-term damage to the producer would become clearer during awards season.

Victims of harassment, however, may continue to be too afraid to speak out, said Silverstein, the publisher. “It’s still an industry where relationships matter, and people are scared,” she said. “It can ruin your life.”

Merkel ally says website hit by thousands of cyberattacks from Russian IP addresses ahead of election

The vice chairman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said on Monday (4 September) that her website was recently hit with thousands of cyberattacks, many of which came from Russian IP addresses. Julia Kloeckner said the political website was the target of about 3,000 attacks ahead of the television election debate between Merkel and her Social Democratic rival Martin Schulz on Sunday, Reuters reports.

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