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In Brief


Assange is a gifted public speaker, with a talent for playing the media, struggling with an inability to scale up and professionalise his operation, to take advice; a man whose mission was often left on a backburner in his efforts to demonise his opponents.

— James Ball: Inside the strange, paranoid world of Julian Assange

# Permalink (Thursday, October 27, 2016)

Recommended Link

Senators King, Heinrich urge President Obama to strengthen cybersecurity networks

In a letter published after the massive and unprecedented cyberattack on Dyn, Maine’s Angus King and New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich called on President Obama to adopt government-wide policies to help detect vulnerabilities and communicate them to the private sector.

# Permalink (Thursday, October 27, 2016)

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NPI thanks Attorney General Bob Ferguson for filing three new campaign finance complaints against Tim Eyman

Today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office announced that the State of Washington has filed three new campaign finance complaints against initiative promoter Tim Eyman and his associates in Thurston County Superior Court. The complaints concern v… (read more)

Tim Eyman’s associates ordered to pay $10,000+ in court costs and attorneys fees

Tim Eyman’s associates Roy Ruffino and Eddie Agazarm, who Eyman depends on to run his signature drives, have been ordered to pay over $10,000 in court costs and attorneys’ fees to the State of Washington by Thurston County Superior Court Judge… (read more)

NPI thanks AG Bob Ferguson for asking courts to hold Tim Eyman in contempt

Today, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office announced it has filed motions in Snohomish and Thurston County Superior Court asking that Tim Eyman and his associates be found in contempt for failing to fully cooperate with its inves… (read more)

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