The WikiLeaks emails have given the world a chance to see the reality behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the campaign that rallies behind her and the establishment Democrats who back her every move.
Now the WikiLeaks emails have yielded another surprise, as Austyn Crites, the protester who caused an assassination scare at the Donald Trump rally in Reno, Nevada, on Saturday, has been found within the leaked email attachments.
His name, when searched for on the WikiLeaks website, yields seven results.
Despite this, the connection between Crites and Clinton is questionable.
Why does this anti-Trump demonstrator, who after his short protest claimed to be a Republican against Trump, have his name present in any WikiLeaks emails?
Some Twitter users are spreading the false narrative that Crites’ name shows up in WikiLeaks’ John Podesta emails, which have been released to the public in recent weeks and uncovered shocking revelations into the people and activities surrounding Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
(Reno - Trump Rally attack)Austyn Crites, name was found in Podesta emails. He was a paid aggitator for HRC's campaign. pic.twitter.com/z6AmQlhkRv— Hector Morenco (@hectormorenco) November 6, 2016
This, however, is not true. The attachments where Austyn Crites’ name is found belong in a group of more than 5 million emails WikiLeaks have labeled “Global Intelligence Files,” which include messages from mid-2004 to late 2011, and center around a “global intelligence” company based in Texas named Stratfor.
The Stratfor emails “reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency.”
According to International Business Times, the WikiLeaks emails show that Crites purchased a book from Stratfor called “The Next Decade,” as his name shows up in lists of buyers, all of which it appears were sent as email attachments and not in the email messages themselves.
Donald Trump Jr. and a number of Trump supporters took to Twitter to call out Austyn Crites as a lackey being paid by the Clinton campaign to cause mayhem at Trump rallies.
You may remember a few weeks ago when right-wing activist and documentarian James O’Keefe of Project Veritas released a video, “Rigging the Election – Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies,” in which Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff are caught admitting they pay people to disrupt Trump rallies in order to enrage the Republican nominee’s hothead supporters. The desired result of doing this is to make Trump fans react with violence, thus painting them as bloodthirsty heathens.
Some Trump supporters, upon discovering “Austyn Crites” printed within several WikiLeaks emails, are implying that he must be one of these heathens, as before his disruption in Reno, Austyn’s Facebook profile looked very pro-Hillary, despite the fact that he told the press that he’s an anti-Trump Republican.
“As reported, the anti-Trump protestor addressed media after the incident. He said: ‘I’m a Republican and have been supporting Republican candidates for quite some time. But I just don’t support Donald Trump. I’ve been fairly vocal during the primary process as well as now.'”
It’s not unheard of to find an anti-Trump Republican who plans on voting for Hillary Clinton, but if the content of the above tweet is genuine, Crites removed pro-Hillary content from his Facebook profile not long after triggering the assassination scare at Donald Trump’s Reno rally. Did he tweak his profile because he was aware his name was going to be massively searched for, while knowing his profile had better reflect the statement he gave the media?
The only evidence to suggest Crites was paid by the Clinton campaign to disrupt Trump’s Reno rally lies in the Project Veritas video from James O’Keefe, because it proves that the campaign does pay agitators to wreak havoc at Trump events. Hence, it’s entirely possible Austyn is one of these agitators.
The WikiLeaks emails that have Crites’ name listed were all sent in 2011 and released by the whistleblower organization in 2013. Does this connection prove Austyn was paid to cause mayhem at a Donald Trump rally? Or are these pro-Trump Twitter users making mountains out of molehills? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
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