Last night Fox News aired part 1 of a 2-part interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange noted that they are currently reviewing “thousands of pages of material” related to the Hillary campaign which he described as “significant.” When asked whether the new material will be leaked before the November 8th election, Assange responded “yes, absolutely.”
“We have a lot of material, thousands of pages of material. There’s a variety of different types of documents and different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles that are, you know, quite interesting, some even entertaining.”
We now know that Assange planned the timing of the previous leaks to correspond with the Democratic National Convention which has since resulted in the dismissal of 5 DNC officials, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We assume this leak will also be timed to maximize it’s effectiveness with speculation swirling that it could be released before one of the scheduled debates in October.
When asked whether the next release could be a “game-changer” in the November Presidential election, Assange replied:
“I think it’s significant. You know, it depends on how it catches fire in the public and in the media.”
Certainly the traditional media will stand ready to defend it’s chosen candidate and has likely already begun preparations for the expected release.
For her part, Hillary is overtly avoiding the press as she hasn’t hosted a press conference in over 260 days. Clinton seems to be pursuing a strategy to simply ignore the many controversies surrounding her campaign until after election day. At this point, even the Washington Post thinks Hillary’s lack of engagement with the press is “ridiculous”:
Jokes aside, it’s beyond ridiculous that one of the two people who will be elected president in 80 or so days continues to refuse to engage with the press in this way.
But she does sit-down interviews! And she did a “press conference” with a moderator, um, moderating the questions!
Not good enough. Not when you are running to be president of the United States. One of the most important things when someone is offering themselves up to represent all of us is that we get the best sense we can about how that person thinks on his or her feet, how they deal with unwanted or adversarial questions. Those two traits are big parts of doing the job of president in the modern world.
There’s nothing like a press conference to put a candidate for president through their paces. If you don’t believe me, just watch how Clinton handled this presser — not well! — when she tried to put the email server controversy to rest.
In the end, Assange is right, of course. No amount of damning information will stop Hillary from the Presidency if it falls on the deaf ears of an electorate that has become so divided that it blindly supports one party candidate or another irrespective of whatever new data may be presented about the quality of that candidate.
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