Julian Assange has made an incredible statement in an interview with ITV. Assange says that Wikileaks, the infamous whistle-blowing website, will soon be publishing documents that contain “enough evidence” for the Department of Justice to indict Hillary Clinton, the expected Democratic nominee.
This comes after the Wikileaks site published 30,322 emails from Clinton’s private email server, with dates ranging from June 30, 2010 to August 12, 2014.
The first of the DNC leaks hit two days ago and more are expected.
It will be weeks before the import of the leaks is fully understood. However, the leaks have already claimed their first victim: Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Schultz has pledged to step down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
The DNC is the body responsible for selecting the next Democratic presidential candidate. The disgrace and resignation of Debbie Schultz vindicates Bernie Sanders, who has always taken the stance that, under Schultz, the DNC was an arm of the Clinton campaign.
Sanders first made that claim publicly back in May, reports Telesur TV.
“Sanders’ campaign has long been critical of Wasserman Shultz’s performance as head of the committee, claiming that the DNC has favored his presidential primary challenger, Hillary Clinton.”
Sanders argues that it would be a disaster to hold a presidential election with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump facing off, because both candidates are so deeply disliked.
“We need a campaign, an election, coming up which does not have two candidates who are really very, very strongly disliked. I don’t want to see the American people voting for the lesser of two evils.”
Bernie Sanders’ campaign has long been critical of Wasserman Shultz’s performance as head of the committee, claiming that the DNC has favored his presidential primary challenger, Hillary Clinton.
One of the most disturbing, but not illegal, revelations in the Assange leak is the DNC’s baiting of the candidate’s religion.
In one of the leaked emails, Sanders’ atheism was discussed as a point that Hillary could use to attack him, reports The Intercept.
“It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
Many fans of Sanders had been celebrating the fact that — as far as they could see — the practice of carefully scrutinizing a candidate’s religious affiliations was going out of fashion in American politics. Hardly anyone had made strong statements either way about Bernie Sanders possibly becoming the first secular Jewish candidate for a major political party.
“[It is] unclear why the Democratic National Committee, which isn’t supposed to favor one Democratic candidate over another until they receive a nomination, would have attempted to subvert the Sanders campaign on the grounds that ‘he is an atheist.'”
No less disturbing, and possibly illegal, is what looks like the sale of political offices in exchange for donations to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, called the practice “unethical, if not illegal,” reports Daily Caller.
“The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party. That is unethical, if not illegal.”
In perhaps an equally damaging move, Clinton has announced that the disgraced Debbie Schultz will be heading her campaign for president after the convention, according to Fortune.
“Hillary Clinton is thanking her “longtime friend” Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the Florida congresswoman’s decision to step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Clinton says that Wasserman Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country.”
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has said that Hillary Clinton should follow her friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s lead and drop out of the race.
Manafort said that Clinton’s actions are far worse than Schultz’s. Trump’s man stated that Schultz’s emails only put the Democratic Party at risk, “but Hillary Clinton’s emails put all of America at risk.”
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