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Following Assange Bust, Trump Claims ‘I Know Nothing About Wikileaks”

File this one on the list of Trump’s biggest, most absurd lies.

“I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” Trump said Thursday after the group’s founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in London. “I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange.”

However, during the 2016 campaign, Trump praised WikiLeaks more than 140 times in the final month of the campaign alone, after the group published emails that were stolen from top aides working on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Trump’s totally non-believable distancing from WikiLeaks is as transparent as it gets.

Assange is facing extradition to the United States as part of his role in a 2010 leak of classified U.S. documents. He helped publish hundreds of thousands of classified documents leaked to him by Chelsea Manning, then an intelligence analyst in the Army.

Assange isn’t charged with publishing the classified material. Instead, he faces federal conspiracy charges for allegedly working to help Manning hack into the government database to obtain the classified documents, as the Department of Justice announced in a news release:

During the conspiracy, Manning and Assange engaged in real-time discussions regarding Manning’s transmission of classified records to Assange. The discussions also reflect Assange actively encouraging Manning to provide more information. During an exchange, Manning told Assange that “after this upload, that’s all I really have got left.” To which Assange replied, “curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”

This is not the first time Trump has lied about knowing controversial or downright criminal figures.

Trump received flack for refusing to disavow noted racist and former Klan leader David Duke, claiming in February 2016 that he didn’t “know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”

After a major backlash, Trump finally disavowed Duke.

Trump also tried to distance himself from his top campaign aides, such as Paul Manafort, and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who both got sentenced to prison as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Trump claimed Manafort was on his campaign “for a  very short period of time,” despite the fact that Manafort was there for a crucial period of the GOP primary, including the Republican National Convention.

And after news broke of Cohen’s illegal campaign finance scheme that Trump was implicated in, Trump tried to claim that Cohen was “one of many lawyers” who represented him, even though Cohen was his personal lawyer and “fixer” for many years.

As he demonstrates on a near-daily basis, Trump incessantly spews lies with ease. His lie that he doesn’t know anything about WikiLeaks is one of his worst lies yet.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

IMAGE: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Five Smart Ways To Become An Ethical Hacking Pro—All At Over 90% Off

Professional penetration testers (better known as ethical hackers) usually come from one of two ranks: those who learned the ways of hacking on their own; and those who took classes to amass those talents. While there’s a world of knowledge to be gained from self-taught skills, it’s often those with formal education — and certification to prove it — that are more ready to bag a high-paying job with a reputable, security-minded company.

As the U.S.-Russia scandal and other headline-grabbing stories can attest, ethical hacking is a career that’s never been more vital. Take a look at this collection of ethical hacking instruction courses (all at over 90 percent off) from The National Memo Store and get in the game. Plus, you can take an extra 50% off all e-learning bundles with code BUNDLE50 (valid thru 10/22).

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Over eight classes and more than 20 hours of content, this ethical hacking bootcamp examines both the theories and tools a working hacker uses to be an accomplished pen tester. If you want to know what the day-to-day responsibilities of a pro hacker entail, this is the course to find out.

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One of the best-selling hacker training bundles around will get you employed as an IT security pro in no time. In nine courses, you’ll learn pen testing, mobile security, Linux, cross site scripting…the works. There’s even a course to put you on track for an annual salary of $120,000 a year.

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5 Reasons You Need A VPN When You Travel — and Why You Should Use Disconnect

The message has become so battle-worn that you can probably nearly recite it in your sleep — a virtual private network (VPN) is essential to your security on the web. But after hearing the constant drumbeat of advocates for so many years now, there may be plenty of relatively novice web users who don’t fully understand what a VPN does or how it can serve as a vital line of defense for you, your digital systems, and your precious information.

For those in the know, you can cut right to the chase and get a year of protection from one of the most highly-regarded VPN services on the market — Disconnect — for a ridiculously low $19 (over 60 percent off) from The National Memo Store.

However, for those a bit fuzzier on exactly what a VPN offers and how, we’ve broken down five very simple ways a VPN is an essential travel partner literally anywhere you go.

1. Public WiFi is sketchy… and a VPN is your bulletproof vest.

Sure, we all love public WiFi. Nobody wants to use their oh-so-precious cellular minutes while they’re strolling through the mall if that mall is kind enough to offer free public WiFi for its customers. But hold on… just because the mall wants to give you something nice and do you a solid, that attitude is not necessarily held by everyone using that public hub. In fact, crooks routinely stake out those hubs, preying on devices that log in, leaving their personal information vulnerable to theft.

Not so with a VPN. Disconnect allows you to use the WiFi to connect, yet provides encryption via its own iron-clad connection shielding in any location anywhere. Behind that level of security, hackers and cyberthieves can’t crack your defenses and attack your data and files.

2. Some countries aren’t fans of a free information exchange.

If you remember back when you could roam freely almost anywhere on the web and see it all… well, that was a long time ago. Nowadays, some countries take a very heavy-handed approach to what citizens and visitors can see on the internet, blocking many popular news sites, social media platforms, and search engines to restrict the flow of information.

With a VPN like Disconnect, those restrictions fall away. You can elect to connect to a server outside the country you’re in, instantly getting you around any particular country’s arbitrary web bans.

3. Did we mention watching whatever you want whenever you want?

Sometimes, international content providers can seem just as authoritarian as rigid governments. Many companies who own worldwide distribution rights to your favorite films, television series and music will even go so far as to control it by national boundaries, geo-locking their product around the world.  That means if you want to log into your American Netflix account and watch movies while you’re on vacation in Europe… no dice.

Instead, fire up your VPN and you can decide which of your provider’s servers to log into, meaning you can either connect locally to surf the web (and watch content) like other locals; or choose a server in another country, cloaking you to look like you’re physically located anywhere you want — and subject only to those rules.

4. If no one can see you, no one can hurt you.

Anonymity is the best defense. Remember those hackers and cyberthieves? Behind the veil of total privacy provided by VPNs like Disconnect, you can go anywhere on the web, do anything and leave no trail of those activities. Thieves can’t steal what they can’t find, and if your VPN provider makes you the equivalent of an internet ghost, malicious forces can’t target your vital financial and personal information for attack.

Foreign agencies and government watchdogs? Nope, they can’t see you either. Even nosy friends, family and other associates will never know what you’ve been doing online.

5. Speed up your web connection overnight.

You may wonder if funneling your internet connection through a VPN’s secure encryption tunnel will slow your roll online. And in some cases, it can. However, in addition to its other VPN advantages, Disconnect is also a malware and web tracking blocker. Where standard internet connections can leave you vulnerable to those cookies following you all over the web and bogging down your service, Disconnect sweeps those trackers and other unnecessary browser activities away. In fact, Disconnect will have you browsing up to 44% faster — and using almost 40% less bandwidth to do it.

In addition to Disconnect’s current 1-year deal for $19, you can also lock in their services to longer term, equally attractive rates, including a three-year plan for $29 and lifetime Disconnect protection for only $49.

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This Trending Career May Be The Best Side Hustle In Tech

It’s no secret that web security is more top-of-mind now than ever before. And in the world of web security, a white hat hacker is often the last line of defense between safe operations and malicious digital criminals. So if you want to enter a highly in-demand career in digital security, you need a comprehensive background in white hat hacking, the art of deliberately attacking a system to find its weaknesses and fix them before it’s too late.

Why pursue this career? Not only are full-time positions in-demand, but white hat hacking is a great skill for making major cash on the side.You can acquire the tools to handle that job with a White Hat Hacker 2017 course bundle – and right now in the National Memo Store, you can pay any price you want to get it.

By paying any total at all, you’ll immediately get access to two pentesting courses: Python For Android Hacking Crash Course: Trojan Perspective, using Python skills to plug holes in Android apps; and Wi-Fi Hacking with Kali, a popular web hacking tools that’ll help you seal up cracks in your network’s security web.

If you pay anything over the average amount paid by other bundle customers, you’ll get an additional six courses, too. Password cracking, debuggers, shellcodes, cryptography, firewalls…you’ll learn about it all as you identify and neutralize threats that can cripple unsecured systems. This package is a nearly $1,300 value, so move on this limited time offer now to get all this hacker training for pennies on the dollar.

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