Wikileaks Threatens To Dox Verified Twitter Users

The tech world is rightfully freaking out. Via Ars Technica:

A Friday Twitter post from Wikileaks’ official “task force” declared intent to build a publicly searchable database revolving around a particular group of people: verified Twitter accounts. The task force neither clarified where this information would come from, nor did it clarify its reasons for mulling such a project.

On that same day, the task force’s feed repeatedly replied to and quoted posts from verified members of the media. These posts accuse specific journalists and broader media outlets of lying and committing libel, particularly in their reports on alleged hacking perpetrated against the US government.

The task force’s posts include repeated use of the phrase, “cease and desist or face the consequences.” The account also posted a call to its “troops” and asked them to “find falsehoods pushed by journos/politicians” and “correct them.” The task force included a search link for any posts by verified accounts with the words “Wikileaks” or “Assange.”

Such a database, distributed specifically to users known as “troops,” would likely be used for doxing—as in, the combined gathering and publishing of personal information with intent to exploit that information for the sake of harassment or abuse.

You know Trump’s army of trolls are all salivating at the prospect.

  • Rex

    Does this mean we’ll finally see Trump’s tax returns?

    • Gustav2


    • JaniceInToronto

      Short version: NO.

    • Nowhereman

      Not until he pisses Putin off.

      • Addison

        Do we have a countdown?

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Right? We’ll know the exact moment it happened because all of a sudden there will be a flood of his financial documents. But will they come from Wikileaks? I guess that’s how we’ll know if Assange is still in good standing with Putin.

        • Nowhereman

          Putin’s probably got video of Assange in some compromising positions. It really is a circle jerk, or some kind of weird frat hazing.

  • The_Wretched

    The Trumpizing has a number of worrying signs – that civil servant purge they are setting up, the deep ties to Russia, the increase of boarder walls…etc all this stuff is exactly how you march in lockstep down the road to an authoritarian state.

    This threat is part an parcel of the steps down the road. The goal is fear. They want people scared to post even tweets for fear of reprisals.

    this is un-American.

    • MonochromeMouse

      What’s really insane is some of the people cheering for a border wall are the same people who demanded East Germany tear down the Berlin wall.

      • Nowhereman

        And they don’t see it in themselves of course.

    • kaydenpat

      It’s beginning to feel like the world outlined in Orwell’s “1984”. Wikileaks is all in with Trump and Putin.

      • boatboy_srq

        Wikileaks is beginning to read like MiniTrue.

      • Nowhereman

        Well as you know, we’ve never been at war with Eurasia…

        • Lumpy Gaga

          You mean always. HTH.

  • Stogiebear

    “… since we all live in our mother’s basements.”

    There and South American embassies.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      That’d be a way to get him to scamper out in the daylight: bring in his Mom to the Embassy to live upstairs.

  • Kelly Lape


  • Nax

    Unless he’s given….one million dollars?

  • Rolf

    I think it’s long overdue for Ecuador to evict this bully and let him survive in the real world.

  • JoeMyGod

    Almost all verified users are journalists or celebrities of some sort. Verification marks are meant to make it harder to impersonate a well-known person.

    • JoeMyGod

      Official corporate accounts are also verified for the same reason.

      • Gustav2

        Nihilists all.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Thanks. Surprisingly, I knew this. But pretty sure friends here needed the info.

  • AJA

    Oh, so now they’re cyber-terrorists. Got it.

    Fuck you Assange.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Joe in PA

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          • Treant

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          • David in Tucson

            She’s really Barbie.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            The cantilever bra.

          • Chuck in NYC

            Nah, the illustration just captures them on the upswing.

          • boatboy_srq


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          • TK

            Women all had those boobies in those years. Just look at any ads, the movies, etc. Dangerously pointy!

          • Cattleya1

            I used to know a woman who referred to them as ‘torpedo tits’.

          • Nowhereman

            That was the style–pointy. Like little flesh rocket ships. As a child I found it very disturbing.

          • TuuxKabin

            Sung to the tune of Brazil:

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            On the 2nd floor of Sears
            Make your tits stick out like spears
            Braziers, braziers.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            They’re not for you, dear.

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          • Grumpy Old Man

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    • Gustav2

      Is that eco friendly harvested wood?

      • Lane

        I got yer eco-friendly wood right here, pal.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Pretty cheesy.

    • Oikos

      Needs a nice kilim rug.

      • Miji

        That would just gather crumbs.

        • PRW

          It would really tie the room together though.

        • Oikos


    • Snarkaholic

      Hmmm…no windows…you’re obviously up to no good!

    • CottonBlimp

      Typical liberal elite in your fancy breadbox

      • Right? I mean, look at those digs, all polished teakwood and stuff…

    • another_steve

      Sam, you’re not refrigerated?

      I mean, really…. What kind of leftover sandwich doesn’t refrigerate itself?

    • TK

      Where’s your big breadbox TV?? You know… for porn!

    • Nowhereman

      That is nice! I see your door folds down to create a nice outside deck for BBQ and parties!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This is why I always connect to the internet via a VPN. It’s also why I’ve blocked all the WikiLeaks Twitter accounts.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Like I needed another reason to avoid the poo-flinging monkey asylum that is Twitter.


    Perhaps they should start with trump.

    • Natty Enquirer

      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Ugh.

    • kaydenpat

      Show us his tax returns for a starter. Then the videos where he’s using racial slurs.

  • Capritaur

    This totally promotes government accountability.

    • Circ09

      If done right it could. I would trust an org like the Sunlight Foundation with this kind of database. But these assholes have a terrible track record so far with wielding their power.

  • Cuberly

    Wikileaks issues doxing threat on twitter.

    Twitter does……what? For grins I reported their threat to twitter support. Yeah, zero will happen but still.

    The backlash has them scrambling to “clarify” the doxing threat.

    • Captain Jack

      Is the owner of twitter a repug?

      • Cuberly

        Unknown. If I had to guess I’d say libertarian leaning. Most of the upper exec techies I knew where very sheltered libertarians.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    So, wikileaks, emboldened by trump, thinks that this will make more people like them.

  • Alan S. Lee

    Something needs to be done to drag this asshole out of his hiding hole!

  • JoeMyGod
  • HZ81

    These people are fucking creeps. They don’t care about outing undercover informants or gay people who live in hell holes.

    As long as rapey Julian gets his headlines.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Haha. Bingo.

    • The_Wretched

      the media hasn’t figured out yet that they need to fawn assange like they do trump. FauxNews has it right but the rest are being a little slow.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Nowhereman

      They are threatening people’s lives and families and pets. They need to be shut down. How about some enterprising group of hackers dox the wikileaks task force? Put their shoes on the other feet?

  • MonochromeMouse

    I hope something bad happens to this little shit, he’s pissed off enough powerful people that it’s really more of a matter of when rather than if.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Which “little shit?” I am losing track.

      • Treant

        I have a little list, they’ll none of them be missed…

        • paganguy

          And hopefully the punishment will fit the crime and provide a source of (not so) innocent merriment.

        • boatboy_srq

          Doesn’t this fall under “all third persons who on spoiling tete-a-tetes insist”?

      • MonochromeMouse

        well, since I’m actively wishing bad things happen to someone, I mean Assange.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Gustav2

      Of course they are!

    • BobSF_94117

      Not just the same talking points, but the same stilted phrasing.

      • Nowhereman

        I want to see The Donald’s long form Russian birth certificate!

        • JCF


    • The_Wretched

      Soviet office of talking points for dissemination to US market.

  • Sean Williams

    Maybe they could start with Trump’s financials.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    They should confer with doxxing queen Jeb!.

  • Mike in Houston

    Anyone want to bet if they’ll also include their relationship to Putin in their database?

  • Gustav2

    I’m wondering if the MSM and others looking into Trump’s billions of dollars of outstanding loans is making them threaten, along with Gingrich and others this week..

    Bet the intel community knows where he owes and to whom.

  • Dramphooey

    This is so bizarre. Before it was like we figured out they were a fraud. Now it is like “yeah, we ARE a fraud and what are you going to do about it!?”

  • Bomer

    So, virtual brown shirts?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Chuck in NYC

      I note they’re not including outing themselves.

    • JCF

      And then they could give all the registered handy-dandy database # tattoos on their forearms!

  • kaydenpat

    This is not menacing and harassing at all. No siree bob.

  • Jason

    Anonymous vs Wikileaks… and, go.

    • Todd20036

      Anonymous is toothless. If they had any bite, they would have been all over the hacking.

      • Orly

        Yep. Whatever good anonymous was able to do a few years ago, they sure don’t seem to be able to do anything now.

  • justme

    Dear WIkiloser..
    Please accept the Russian Chernobyl chicken as a gift… Disregard the 3eyes andslight elevated radiation….

    • edrex

      reminds me of the joke about the recipe for chicken kiev — “first preheat the oven to 8,000 degrees….”

      • Oh’behr

        Thank you, I needed the laugh. Lol.

  • BobSF_94117

    Much as I’d miss chatting with you all, I say we just chuck this whole internet thingy.

  • TK

    I understand and fear the implications of this with relation to the future of online privacy and MSM…but part of me wouldn’t find it so bad if this killed twitter. For no other reason that having to see daily posts about Trump’s latest tweet.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      This is WikiLeaks saving Donald from himself, on behalf of V. Putin, since even Kellyanne and the drunk can’t manage.

      “We had to blow up Twitter to save Donald.”

  • Andymac3

    Assange the rapist said ‘ We’ve decided to be total dicks and burn all the good will that we built up with anyone sane and will now side with the crazies and right wing nut jobs because I’ve been locked in the Ecuadorian embassy for years now and my broadband is shitty. Why does Snowden get to go to good restaurants in Russian and all I get is fake KFCs from Edgware Road.

  • Dot Beech

    It is well past time for Ecuador to evict Mr. Assange from its embassy in London.

    Toss him out.

  • JoeMyGod
  • ryan charisma

    I’ve grown weary of Assange.

    He may be excused from the table.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      But that fucking dinner better be on his breakfast table in the morning, Carol-Ann!

  • another_steve

    Rapist said what?

  • Acronym Jim

    “The task force included a search link for any posts by verified accounts with the words “Wikileaks” or “Assange.”

    Easy peasy, anybody with a verified account should just include a hashtag for “Wikileaks” or “Assange” with each and every tweet. If they want to make garbage threats, give them garbage back.

  • Paula

    O.K., Julian, here’s my house. They called it a fixer-upper. Hmmm!!

    • Nic Peterson

      At least you have one, dear. JA is couch surfing the embassy set.

      • Paula

        But, think of all the wonderful Ecuadorian food he gets to eat. Just like mama used to make back in Queensland.

    • safari

      Oh, Detroit.

    • CharlestonDave

      Marvelous what you’ve done with it, Paula!

    • Guess?
    • leastyebejudged

      makes me sad, at one time it was simply magnificent

    • Homo Erectus

      Just a bit of paint, some landscaping – it could be real cozy.

  • TK

    This man and Wikileaks needs to be “neutralized”. I don’t mean violently but their internet and computer systems should be wiped out. And why not publicly expose every possible thing, good or bad, about Assange and the Wikileak people. It’s what they’ve been doing and are threatening to do to Twitter. Fight fire with a bigger fire. This guy and his followers are nothing but self-serving, vindictive scum. They are not the champions of freedom of information they claim to be. They colluded with Putin on fucking with our democratic elections for their own benefit. I wish Ecuador would kick his slimy ass out of the embassy and let him get arrested. I think in his last days, Obama should unleash the hounds of the intelligence community to wreak havoc on the Russians and Assange. I feel they’ve already declared cyber-war on our country and our European allies. Fuck ’em.

  • Nic Peterson

    How soon Julian, before the frog people are commanded to reenact the Kristallnacht?

    • Lars Littlefield

      I predict sometime in the afternoon . . . next week. Possibly on a Friday.

      • Nic Peterson

        I hope that you are as far away from all of it as I am. If push comes to shove, I can still out run a morbidly obese redneck on a Scooty chair while hungover, wearing Louboutins and carrying a saucer of champagne. No, I would not spill a drop. That would be alcohol abuse.

  • Acronym Jim

    Poor BikerBecca, they’re going to release her address in Frankfurt, Germany. 😉

  • kevin vincent

    Don’t think they anticipated the backlash they are getting they overstepped

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Yay, JMG’s twat!!!

  • Nic Peterson

    If this asshat is so in the know, plugged in, complete with knotted panties about falsehoods in media, then why is FUX still on the air?

  • Halou

    That time a Ukrainian site published the names and details of over 4000 people related to the Russian intervention in Donbas, wikiwonks were calling it an “outrage” and saying it literally put people’s lives at risk should angry nationalists see an address they recognize. But apparently it’s okay when their own clan does the exact same thing.

  • TexasBoy

    The UK needs to expel the Ecuadorian ambassador immediately for harboring a fugitive. And order the embassy closed.

  • Ninja0980

    It’s time for this asshole to be given the boot from the embassy.
    More to the point, if anyone from our side still supports this asshole or WikiLeaks, they need to be shown the door from the Democratic Party.
    Whatever good this man might have done has been nullified.
    Not only by helping Russia with the elections but with what he did in outing LGBT people in Saudi Arabia and women in Turkey.
    He is a monster on a power trip at this point and nothing more.

  • JR

    How long will it be before the US declares Assange an enemy of the State?

    • JCF

      Only if before January 20th, and never after.

  • aagold76 .

    people need to demand Ecuador expel him from the embassy!

  • Gerry Fisher

    Busy little scumbag, isn’t he?

  • Andrew Iverson

    One of the examples they used was actually the wrong person, funnily enough.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Perfect response, Mr. Joe. 🙂

  • J Ascher

    Perhaps it’s time for Anonymous to take down Wikileaks for good!

    • Brian in Valdosta

      You know, I was just wondering about him / her / it / them (what pronoun is appropriate for ‘Anonymous’ ?). I keep wondering when Anonymous will step into the fray and make a contribution.

      • J Ascher

        Anonymous seems to be a collective of loosely affiliated hackers, so you could use “it” to refer to the group or “them” to refer to all the members.

    • Orly

      I think the real talent there got neutered.

  • T-Batwoman

    Glad I’m not on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and whatever the hell else is out there.

  • Ore Carmi

    Thus begins the repression of journalists. I find this horrifying.

    • Todd20036

      Meh. I should find it horrifying, but frankly, the media managed to suppress itself when they reported every single email and Benghazi “event” with more coverage and gusto than Trump’s genuine scandals.

      • Ore Carmi

        You’re right that the media has been atrocious, irresponsible, vile… But for me threatening the safety of journalists who oppose the state is a whole ‘nother level.

  • Orly


  • Doxing is a violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service agreement. Anyone doxing or even threatening (credibly, as in this case) to dox, should be banned.

  • So this is what the online, international version of Brownshirts looks like.

  • Marti386

    Holy fvck. It’s Assange should get his ass sued for ripping off South Park.

  • sword

    Wait until they try to ‘vox’ Anonymous…the electronic fur will start to fly.

  • PBGVNinja

    Don’t join Twitter and you won’t have a “verified” Twitter account. This post may be an exception but I find it a bit difficult to express myself in only 140 characters 🙂 It takes a bit more thought to express oneself in something other than a sound byte.

  • Rt1583

    Assange, in his methods, will be the cause of his own downfall.
    He started out as an avenue of truth but through time he is turning into nothing more than an avenue for the truth he wants. This will eventually backfire on him.

  • JCF

    Oh shucks and darn, I’m not on Twitter.

    • Dramphooey

      I joined it solely because it seemed like a lot of the witty political commentary was there. It is good to get news quickly. I don’t tweet much myself although I retweet a bit.

  • Blackfork

    Where have all the adults gone?

  • DesertSun59

    It is an absolute guarantee that the Right loves this idea. It falls in line with Trump’s call for a Muslim tracking database.

    Fascism is fresh on the horizon, folks. The US is going to fall for this trap, hook, line and sinker.

  • goofy_joe

    While Assange may have started out with decent intentions (I’m assuming) he has devolved into something truly ugly and sinister.

  • Tiger Quinn

    But, but, but he’s just doing this because journalists won’t, right? He’s on the side of truth!

    There just aren’t enough painful deaths to go around.