After getting no response through traditional methods, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC served WikiLeaks via tweet on Friday, posting a complaint by its client, the Democratic National Committee, that alleges a conspiracy by Russians, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to hack and sabotage the party during the 2016 election.
Cohen Milstein had been trying to serve the self-proclaimed “multinational media organization and associated library” since filing the DNC’s suit in April, according to court records. Emails to the website’s provided legal address bounced back and previous counsel said they were not authorized to accept service on WikiLeaks’ behalf, so Cohen Milstein attorneys asked a New York federal judge in July to let them use Twitter.
The underlying suit lays out a narrative of previously reported contacts between the Trump campaign and agents of the Russian government who promised to deliver damaging information on the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. The records, which included a set of embarrassing emails, were distributed by WikiLeaks, a nonprofit that then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly cheered at his rallies leading up to the election.
In July, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had obtained a grand jury indictment accusing 12 Russian intelligence officers of hacking DNC servers.
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