Julian Assange Reveals the Rookie Mistake That Failed John Podesta

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By Marketwatch Editors | 11:36 am, January 4, 2017

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, revealed that Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, previously known to have unwisely reacted to a phishing scheme in which an email purporting to be from Google asked him to update personal information, had used this word as his password on the account:


Julian Assange, on Fox News

Yes, Podesta’s password was “password.” (Assange, whose complete Fox News interview can be viewed elsewhere on MarketWatch, did not elaborate significantly on the revelation, nor did he specify whether the password had at least included a capital letter or a punctuation mark.)

Assange, who’s resided in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex-crime charges and has also been a target of U.S. authorities investigating WikLeaks’ accessing and publishing of nonpublic information, told Sean Hannity of Fox News in an interview aired Tuesday night that the Russian government was not involved in WikiLeaks’ gaining access to Podesta’s emails and hacked material from the Democratic National Committee in the run-up to the November election.

This article was originally published on Marketwatch.