Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Wikileaks' Julian Assange have a tumultuous past, to say the least. During the 2016 election, Wikileaks unabashedly took aim at Clinton, releasing hacked emails that revealed corruption within the Democratic National Committee (specifically, DNC officials' efforts to work the system in Clinton's favor and push out primary competitor Bernie Sanders), which led to the resignation of DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Clinton is upping the ante post-election, however.
I think Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator.
I mean, he's a tool of Russian intelligence, and if he's such a martyr of free speech why doesn't Wikileaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?
In response to how Assange and Wikileaks differ from regular reporters, simply publishing the facts for the American people, Clinton focused on Assange's sources and tactics. Claiming things might be different if "all [he] did was publish it," Clinton pointed out much of Assange's information was stolen rather than given, and that it was released at specific times to "weaponize it" against her campaign. She specifically pointed out the timing of Wikileaks' release of the John Podesta emails.
I've no doubt in my mind that there was some communication if not coordination to drop those the first time in response to the Hollywood Access tape.
I lost the electoral college by about 77,000, and what we're finding out is that there had to be some very sophisticated help provided to WikiLeaks ... to know how to target both their messages of suppression and their negative messages to affect voters.
There's something wrong with Hillary Clinton. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen. https://t.co/JNw2dkXgdu— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) October 15, 2017
It looks like Assange and Clinton won't be mending their relationship any time soon. Perhaps someone could organize a couples counseling session? It will have to be done over Skype, however, since Assange remains trapped in London's Ecuadorian Embassy, protected by laws of asylum and avoiding extradition to the United States.