A series of hacked emails appear designed to help Donald Trump fight back against Hillary Clinton – while raising questions about Russian involvement.
(ed:..and of course here in new zealand we have kim dotcom seemingly relentlessly attacking clinton..(for his own (quite valid in their own right..but..) reasons of payback/revenge..
’tis a shame he and assange by their words/actions are outing themselves as wanting the ‘short-fingered vulgarian’ to beat clinton..(!)
(and those slagging my words as those of a clinton-booster could trawl through archives from 2005 ’till now – where rarely will a good word about a clinton be found..i have been banging on about the likes of the clinton-foundation/the corruption of the clintons since then..
perhaps the most potent example of clinton-corruption being the ‘connected-person’ who told me root and branch of how light-planes/rural/purpose-built arkansas airfields were the main entry point for cocaine into the u.s. during the period the clintons ran arkansas…and how the politicians/police etc were paid-off..)
and for the democratic nomination i first wanted elizabeth warren..and then bernie…i welcomed clinton about as much as i welcome neoliberal-trout phil goff as the new mayor of auckland..
..but! – and it is a huge ‘but!’..clinton is not this demented-demagogue trump…
..and those pimping now for trump – will receive their due backlash – no matter who prevails on november the 8th..
..do both dotcom and assange not know this..?
..both assange and dotcom are currently flushing their ‘liberal’ support down the crapper..
..and both will find themselves pretty much ‘on their own’..
..with their history of pimping for trump their personal rotting albatrosses slung around their necks..their constant reminder – for us all..
How did WikiLeaks go from darling of the liberal left and scourge of American imperialism to apparent tool of Donald Trump’s divisive incendiary presidential campaign?
Thursday brought another WikiLeaks dump of nearly 2,000 emails hacked from the Hillary Clinton campaign – allegedly by Russians.
As usual they were inside-the-beltway gossip rather than game-changing: the campaign tried to push back the Illinois primary – believing it would make life harder for moderate Republicans.
That has not stopped Trump trying to make hay from the leaked emails and deflect attention from allegations of sexual harassment against him.
‘Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks’ he tweeted on Wednesday.
‘So dishonest! Rigged system!’
Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street banks were apparently revealed in an email dump last Friday – just minutes after the release of a video in which Trump was caught boasting about groping women – timing that many felt was more than just chance.
This follows a hack in July designed to embarrass Clinton on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
Robert Mackey of The Intercept website wrote in August: ‘The WikiLeaks Twitter feed has started to look more like the stream of an opposition research firm working mainly to undermine Hillary Clinton than the updates of a non-partisan platform for whistleblowers’.
The seeming alliance between Trump and WikiLeaks is an astonishing role reversal.
In 2010 it was lauded by transparency campaigners for releasing, in cooperation with publications including the Guardian – more than a quarter of a million classified cables from US embassies around the world.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange became a hero to many.
At the time Republican politicians expressed outrage at WikiLeaks but now some are seizing on its revelations as potential salvation for Trump’s ailing candidacy.
(update: dotcom said this in 2015..)
In an interview with Emily Chang on Bloomberg’s Studio 1.0, Dotcom was asked about a tweet he sent in December saying that he himself will be ‘Hillary’s worst nightmare in 2016’.
The interview raises the question of the role hacking could play in an election involving someone as simultaneously high profile and secretive as Clinton.
‘I have to say it’s probably more Julian’ who threatens Hillary – Dotcom said.
‘But I’m aware of some of the things that are going to be roadblocks for her’.
(ed:..it is clear this has been long-planned – and neither dotcom nor assange could possibly have had any inkling it would be the madman trump who would be up against clinton..
..but it is trump – and both dotcom and assange should shelve their anti-clinton plans..)