Photo: Frank Augstein (AP) Late last year, the US government inadvertently announced that a sealed lawsuit had been filed against Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Just before it was released, the FBI reiterated that the investigation was running against WikiLeaks, and the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department was optimistic about delivering Assange. Soon after, parts of sealed transcriptions leaked, causing WikiLeaks and Assange to align hackers with governments and corporations. The charges against Assange have not been officially revealed, although it is plausible that the crimes are related to Russian hacking and DNC emails. Despite the alleged offenses in the complaint, the government has a wealth of data that they can work with: over a dozen WikiLeaks computers, hard drives and email accounts, including the current and former editors-in-chief of the organization, as well as news reports alleged Russian hackers have been exchanged over DNC emails. Through a series of search warrants, subpoenas, seizures of equipment and cooperating witnesses, the Federal Government has collected internal WikiLeaks data covering most of the organization's mission from 2009, at least 2017. The application resulted in an error in copying and pasting In some cases, the confiscated data was returned and allegedly destroyed, as in the case of David House, a technologist and friend of Chelsea Manning's, as she was known to be a source for WikiLeaks. In other cases, the seized materials include communication between WikiLeaks and its sources. Some of these discussions show WikiLeaks discussing their other sources and providing specific details. A copy of a chat log between Chelsea Manning and a WikiLeaks employee identified as Assange by prosecutors and government witnesses. Other seizures gave the authorities a deeper understanding of WikiLeaks' internal operations, including one of the earliest known seizures for WikiLeaks-related data, which ran on December 14, 2010, when the news and user information of several Twitter accounts linked to WikiLeaks was ordered , This search and seizure order included direct messages related to WikiLeaks and its founder, former Army Private First Class and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks editor Rop Gongrijp, former WikiLeaks partner Jacob Appelbaum and former WikiLeaks partner and the Icelandic deputy Birgitta Jonsdottir November 1, 2009, and the execution of the contract. A purchase order for information about people associated with WikiLeaks. On January 4, 2011, a sealed order filed in the Eastern District of Virginia requested all emails, address books, subscriber information, and other account information associated with Appelbaum's email address firstname.lastname@example.org, and another arrangement would address its internet traffic. Appelbaum was a friend and confidant of Assange and a Wikileaks volunteer. In 2010, Appelbaum was referred to as "the American WikiLeaks hacker" and at that time he was referred to as the only known American member of WikiLeaks. In a private chat in 2015, WikiLeaks said Appelbaum was "somehow" part of the group, even though he publicly distanced himself from him due to several allegations of sexual abuse. The e-mails received by the government have been extended from November 2010 to at least January 2011. The date of the government's order confirmation and other similar orders indicate that the monitoring of the account may have continued until the end of 2014. Orders were issued. A copy of a court order for information on Jacob Appelbaum, a hacker who worked with WikiLeaks (now credibly accused of multiple sexual assaults). Publicly leaked and leaked documents from Assange and his lawyer team claim that several of the organization's laptops and hard drives were intercepted by a secret service during this time. According to an affidavit by Assange "three laptops … different electronic devices [and] additional encrypted hard drives "were taken at the end of September 2010 with his suitcase. Assange's attorney team provided several affidavits and supporting documents detailing the existence and disappearance of the suitcase. The case contained at least five hard drives, which were all encrypted according to Assange. However, the government had eight years to guess or recover the passwords or break the hard disk encryption. Some other drives, numerous e-mails and at least one cooperating witness could have helped. Adadavit by Julian Assange In mid-2011, the FBI had developed an important source that would become at least their second piece of information with a look at WikiLeaks's operations. Soon after the arrest and collaboration of Hector Xavier Monsegur, a.k.a. Sabu, his hacking group (LulzSec) contacted WikiLeaks. Sabu and LulzSec are becoming major sources of WikiLeaks. The Syria and Global Intelligence files provided by LulzSec have increased WikiLeaks tenfold and still account for about half of their total releases. The communication between Sabu and WikiLeaks was monitored by the FBI. Part of the group's communication with others was later confiscated on arrest or given up by Sigurdur Thordarson, a volunteer WikiLeaks employee who served as an FBI informant in August. A section from the verdict for "Sabu". d from WikiLeaks like about her. In addition to informing the FBI in a series of meetings, Thordarson reportedly provided thousands of pages of WikiLeaks chat logs. In March 2012, Thordarson allegedly made the FBI eight WikiLeaks hard drives with up to 1020 GB of data available, so an alleged document from the FBI. Officials have not confirmed the authenticity of the document, although the data provided is confirmed by additional sources. In an interview with Ars Technica, Thordarson claimed that the Icelandic authorities had confiscated an additional 2TB of WikiLeaks data that they believed would be shared with the US authorities. The US and Icelandic authorities had previously collaborated in Thordarson's case and parts of WikiLeaks investigation. According to leaked letters from WikiLeaks' right-wing team, at least some of the drives were Assange. Thordarson's debriefing sessions and hard drives containing up to 3TB of data may contain decryption keys or passwords required to decrypt the drives. Assange is said to have been confiscated earlier. A receipt to Sigurdur Thordarson from the FBI for WikiLeaks hard drives some pointers to the contents of these drives. According to the affidavit of Assange, the information about the hard drives contained not only the possible emails of the employees but also "chat communication … copies of passports" [and] Video recorded in secret. According to an Associated Press article based on a cache of "WikiLeaks emails, chat logs, financial records, sneaked footage, and other documents" in the organization, WikiLeaks claimed the cache had been the same for the FBI been put. In October 2011, American authorities in the midst of Thordarson and Sabu, as cooperating witnesses, issued a search warrant for the contents of the WikiLeaks Volunteer Herbert Snorrasons Gmail account. The warrant requested all the information in the account, including any stored or retained copies of emails sent to and from the account, e-mail designs, deleted emails, and emails sent out under a US $ 18 requested by the American authorities. §2703 (f), the source and destination addresses associated with each e-mail, the date and time the e-mail was sent, and the size and length of each e-mail. "The volunteer had WikiLeaks with a slight technical problem. After learning that the contents of his account had been confiscated by the US government, Snorrason told Mother Jones, "Anyone who has both a Google Account and a WikiLeaks connection will eventually receive one of these notifications receive." Snorrason was right WikiLeaks-related Google accounts were seized by the government. Six months after ordering Snorrason's emails, three email account sign-ups were issued by senior WikiLeaks personnel. On April 5, 2012, WikiLeaks editors Sarah Harrison and Joseph Farrell, as well as former spokesperson and future editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, issued sealed arrest warrants for alleged espionage and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as conspiracy and theft of Google Accounts state property. The warrants appear to have affected all accounts and were released by Google in late 2014. A court order to inform Kristinn Hrafnsson, the current editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, on suspicion of indictment involving, but not limited to, espionage. At the end of October 2017, a new government proposal was submitted for parts of the WikiLeaks communication. A letter from Senator Diane Feinstein requested that Twitter send copies of all direct messages over 180 days to or from the accounts of WikiLeaks, the WikiLeaks Task Force, Guccifer 2.0, Assange, and Margaret Ratner Kunstler. As written, the request would include some of my communications with WikiLeaks and "Guccifer 2.0". Finally, at least some news between WikiLeaks and the Guccifer 2.0 was retrieved by the US government, although the communication method for these messages has not yet been confirmed According to WikiLeaks Guccifer 2.0 informally referred to as the "GRU indictment" on June 22, 2016 , The news briefed Guccifer 2.0, a person the US government suspects Russian activists are sending them new material. On July 6, the organization sent another message asking Guccifer 2.0 "to send anything [H]illary related "in time for the Democratic National Convention, which Wikileaks believed would strengthen Clinton's support. The quoted part of the exchange ends with WikiLeaks's opinion that a conflict between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton would be "interesting." This exchange of impact and harm maximization is relevant to one of Assange's potential prosecution theories described by Assange citizens, Marcy Wheeler, a security journalist. An excerpt from an indictment by Müller. If the indictment against Assange is related to Russian hacking and the Democratic National Committee's email leak, that exchange could be one of the most likely evidence directly relevant to the investigation. However, all of the government's evidence, including material confiscated by the alleged Vault 7 loser Joshua Schulte, and the alleged records of its distribution to WikiLeaks regarding the organization can be used to clarify the case. Previous statements and messages may be used to establish a modus operandi, pattern, or intent. As noted by the AP, some of the materials may point to the early beginnings of the reported relationship between Assange and Russia. Leaked copies of sealed files, testimonials of persons familiar with the grand jury, and documents published by the independent journalist Alexa O'Brien, who also found a number of sealed searches, through the FOIA indicate that the Investigations were temporarily converged and merged. Government information could be further improved by the recent monitoring of Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been living asylum since 2012. The fruits are said to have been shared with the United States. Regardless of Allegations Against Assange, Government Information The government has terabytes of data it can use to demonstrate its case, data originating from WikiLeaks supporters, sources, key personnel, and Assange itself. However, government sources are not yet completely known. Emma Best is a national security reporter and transparency activist. She has published millions of pages of government documents and is a member of the leak collective Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets).