Wikileaks threatens to collect dossiers on Twitter users

In a move some on Twitter are calling Gestapo-esque, appeared to threaten every single verified Twitter user — a move that would appear to violate Twitter’s anti-harassment policy.

In a series of tweets today, Wikileaks stated that it is considering creating a database of the family members, job, financial situation, and home addresses of every “verified” Twitter account. Verified accounts are the accounts with the blue checks that help to denote someone is a celebrity, corporate leader, politician, journalist, etc.

Here are Wikileaks’ tweets:

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Wikileaks then went on to try to “explain.” The explanation left much to be desired:

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So would Wikileaks hack accounts in order to illegally collect this information? Would Wikileaks accept information that others hack — oh, I don’t know, say some guy named Vladimir does the hacking for you?

It sounds as if Wikileaks is trying to untie some make-believe conspiracy that they think is housed on Twitter. The world is against them, and if they can just connect the dots, they’ll find that we’re all named Rothschild or something.

One irony of course is that Wikileaks’ Twitter account is written by someone anonymously.

People have wondering for a while just what has gotten into Wikileaks, what with Julian Assange stating his preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, including Assange’s recent praise for Trump. But this is another matter entirely. Wikileaks just threatened lord knows how many Twitter members. Keeping track of our family members? What does this mean for the privacy of LGTBT people, or victims of domestic violence who are on the run from an abusive spouse?

This is a direct threat from Wikileaks to every single person on Twitter, and would appear to be a violation of Twitter’s rules against threatening other members. In fact, some folks at Anonymous have already weighed in, calling on Twitter to enforce its terms of service against Wikileaks:

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  • Demosthenes

    Wikileaks gathering dossiers on Twitter users makes eminent sense if one understands the organization is not completely captive of the Russian intelligence services.

  • barbarajmay

    It doesn’t sound that tricky to me. I could gather that info from my Smartlinx Lexis Nexis database in an instant.

  • Tom Chicago

    another excellent reason to leave the two greatest planetary platforms of drivel, Twitter and Facebook.

  • Opinionated Cat Lover

    Nope. This isn’t ominous at all.

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  • brel1

    Wikileaks needs to be taken out.

  • Nicholas A Kocal

    Assange has ALWAYS bee a tool of the Russians. They are using him to destabilize the US Government my getting US Citizens to fear the government. Which is ironic since if you are a US citizen and eligible to vote, then you ARE THE US GOVERNMENT.

  • Badgerite

    I found Paul Ryan’s statement rather interesting.
    “Russia has a track record of working against our interests, and they clearly tried to meddle in our political system. I strongly condemn any outside interference in our elections, which we must work to prevent moving forward.”
    Yeah. That’s gonna make the former Warsaw Pact countries feel a lot better. Putin owns trump. And he knows it.
    “We must be clear that there is no evidence that there was any interference in the voting or balloting process. We cannot allow partisans to exploit this report in an attempt to delegitimize the president- elect’s victory.” Etc.
    He admits that Russia has a “track record of working against our interests”, and that Russia on Vladimir Putin’s orders, worked to elect trump. The report is pretty damning. At the very least it raises the prospect of Russia hacking actual voting booths in the future. And yet Ryan and the GOP propose no real concern, other than that anyone question a party that lost nationally by millions and in the case of Congress tens of millions of votes but still controls all three branches of government.
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  • woodroad34

    This is also a real threat against Donald Trump (if he’s not behind this), since Assange says he never had any viable data on Trump during the Hillary incident . I wonder how he’ll take it.

  • Badgerite

    No one who believes in democratic values can possibly be confused about ‘wikileaks’ these days.
    This is not a group dedicated to anything anymore but its own power. And whatever Vladimir Putin wants.

  • Trump & the Stasi both come to mind.

  • Fauzi Hamadeh

    The language of the “dishonest press” post from Wikileaks sounds suspiciously like another famous tweeter.

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    Wikileaks? I think they should start with my own twitter account

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