Over the last several days, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been releasing thousands of emails, mostly relating to John Podesta, the Chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Nothing earth-shaking has been revealed by those leaks. For the most part, they have shown how political campaigns – all political campaigns – are run. What is disturbing, however, is the following:
First, all of the leaks have been about Hillary’s campaign. Wikileaks has not released anything relating to Donald Trump. Some claim that Trump doesn’t use email but what about every other person who is or was involved in his campaign. What about Corey Lewandowski or Paul Manafort or Roger Ailes or Steve Bannon or Roger Stone? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see their communications?
Second, it has become very clear that Wikileaks and Julian Assange is no longer about anti-secrecy. In fact, a strong case can be made that Assange, Trump’s campaign, and Russia are closely tied together and have been trying to influence the outcome of the Presidential election. For instance,
(a) How did Sputnik, a Russian propaganda site, get a hold of an email from Sidney Blumenthal to John Podesta leaked by Wikileaks before anyone else did?
(b) Why did Sputnik deliberately misrepresent the facts in that email by saying that Blumenthal had made a statement about Benghazi when in fact the statement was made in a story that Blumental was simply forwarding to Podesta?
(c) Why did Trump, only hours later, read from that erroneous story from Sputnik at a rally in Pennsylvania and how and from whom did he get that piece of propaganda?
(d) How is it that Roger Stone, Trump’s ally, knew that a story was coming out from Wikileaks about Podesta even before the email was leaked (he tweeted about it)?
Why would Assange want to help Trump? Assange has been in hiding trying to avoid a rape charge in Sweden. Perhaps the Trump camp promised him a pardon if Trump got elected. This is not that far fetched since the Sven Court just upheld the warrant for Assange’s arrest. Why would Putin want Trump elected? Because he knows that he would be able to manipulate Trump who has already expressed his admiration for Putin on more than one occasion.
Ecuador’s government recently shut down Assange’s internet access. Wikileaks has stated that it is trying to find a way around that. Even if they do, in light of the apparent ties between Assange, Trump’s camp, and the Russian propaganda site Sputnik, and since it’s clear that Roger Stone and Assange were communicating prior to the leaks, I feel that the media should refuse to publish any further leaks if and when they become available since those leaks and Assange’s credibility are questionable. Instead, the media should do some serious investigative work for a change and try to find out how Roger Stone knew about the leaks before they happened, why no leaks about anyone in Trump’s camp is being released, and how Trump got a hold of the erroneous report from Sputnik which he quoted from at his Pennsylvania rally.
Perhaps no one cares anymore since a Trump victory at this point is unlikely. However, we should care. For months, Trump has subjected the entire nation to a barrage of lies, including a claim that Hillary has Russian ties. Yet, he has never released his tax returns so there is no way of knowing whether he has any financial interests tied to Russia and Paul Manafort, who was in charge of Trump’s campaign, clearly did have pro-Putin ties. Now this incident has occurred. Even if Trump loses the election, there has been talk that he won’t be going away; that he’ll continue to push his anti-everything agenda. I, for one, would like to know whether Russia and Julian Assange have anything to do with that agenda.