WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is at it again, this time, according to RT, launching attacks on both Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump when he appeared via video feed at the US Green Party national convention in Houston, Texas, and likening both candidates to a disease while the crowd laughed.
“I was asked this question: did I prefer Clinton or Trump? The answer is: you’re asking if I prefer cholera or gonorrhea.”
The Green Party audience chanted “WikiLeaks! WikiLeaks!” as Assange made his appearance.
Assange ended up in the news again recently, and ultimately ended up at the Green Party convention, after WikiLeaks released close to 20,000 internal DNC emails which seemed to give credence to the accusation that the DNC favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Since that leak, Assange has been in the news almost constantly, asserting that it was his mission to ensure that Hillary Clinton never becomes President; and although Sanders and his camp have continued to state that the nomination “was not stolen,” and that Bernie supporters should be voting for Clinton, the fallout from the email leak has nevertheless been considerable, causing DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign, as well as several other DNC officials.
Oddly enough, although the leak was in favor of Bernie Sanders, Green Party candidate Jill Stein has been the one to capitalize on the WikiLeaks reveal the most, and Assange seems happy to throw his support behind her.
“I think [Chelsea Manning] & Julian Assange ought to be recognized as the heroes they are. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.”
In another case, according to CNN, she said that there was “no question” that Assange was a hero. “This is what state departments do to one another.”
Assange has been happy to shift his focus from supporting Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton to supporting Jill Stein against both the Democrat and Republican candidates. Although Stein is only polling at four percent, leaving her four points behind leading independent candidate Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Assange asserted at the Green convention that a Stein presidency was absolutely possible.
“I’m serious. You never know. Who knows what happens in a campaign, anything is possible.”
“[The Clinton and Trump campaigns] continue to generate oversight and resistance, which will not only create a fertile field for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to grow their support but will create a fairly fertile field to understand and hold government accountable.”
Assange also launched an attack directly on Donald Trump, suggesting on Bill Maher’s Real Time that WikiLeaks was “working on” obtaining the tax returns that Trump still refuses to release — although, according to CNN, WikiLeaks was hasty to back down on this claim.
“WikiLeaks isn’t ‘working on’ hacking Trump’s tax-returns. Claim is a joke from a comedy show. We are ‘working on’ encouraging whistleblowers.”
Assange also vowed to Maher that he would release more information that would be damaging to Clinton’s campaign and continues, according to New York Magazine, to assert that he has one or more emails, yet unreleased, that will “provide enough evidence” to get Clinton arrested. And although he has yet to produce any actual proof, he continues to refer to emails he allegedly has access to which “prove” Clinton’s connections to the Islamic State, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Assange has yet to definitely prove his claims, and Stein has yet to show any indication that she’s a viable candidate for the Presidency – but the pair are certainly succeeding at stirring up tensions and snatching away votes. Only time will tell what effect this ultimately has on the 2016 election.
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