Russians targeting Wikileaks to stop new data dump POSTED AT 1:35 PM ON NOVEMBER 30, 2010 BY ED MORRISSEY Until now, Julian Assange has selected his adversaries rather well. Despite humiliating the Obama administration three times, the White House has done little except announce a preliminary probe into potential criminal charges against Assange and his team at Wikileaks. The Daily Beast reports that when it came to Assangeâs next adversary, he may have chosen â¦ poorly: The Russians, under the leadership of former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, have not blanched at, well, much of anything. The death of Alexander Litvinenko from a slow-acting poison is widely believed to have been an assassination conducted by the FSB. The poisoning of Ukrainian leader Viktor Yushchenko in the Orange Revolution was similarly suspicious, and dissident Boris Berezovsky survived at least one attempt on his life as well. That problem may be more acute for the people who supplied Assange with the data rather than Assange himself. The FSB has restrained itself mainly to attacking Russian expatriates rather than Westerners, but as the DB reports, Wikileaks almost certainly got whatever they have through that route, especially from the super-rich Russian industrialists that had to flee after Putin took power. Given Assangeâs predilection for releasing information in its raw form, the FSB will likely have little problem finding the sources of the data and making sure that they wonât give Assange anything else ever. Russia will most likely contain itself to cyberwarfare on a massive scale to shut down Assange rather than violence. If they succeed, they may wind up doing Barack Obama a huge favor, since the continuing exposure of communications data has the White House continually on the defensive. But if someone winds up grabbing Assange, he may want to pray that itâs the Americans rather than the FSB.