Tuesday morning Julian Assange released a video via Wikileaks with information about Hillary Clinton that was touted as being a “political game-changer”. Instead, people mostly saw a congratulatory video celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Wikileaks with very little ground-breaking information in-between.
The bulk of the video was about drone strikes ordered by Hillary Clinton, and a hint about DNC inproprieties. At the end, Assange promised to publish information regarding the presidential election “every week for the next 10 weeks.”
Assange also said he release information about three governments before the end of the year.
“The documents themselves are revealing, but also the government/state reactions to the releases are revealing also,” he said.
From FOX News:
Assange has already played a key role in the presidential race, with the release of 20,000 internal emails that indicated the Democratic National Committee appeared to conspire to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the nomination. Those revelations surfaced in August, just before the party’s convention, proving embarrassing to Clinton’s campaign. They also led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Though no recent public revelations directly tie to Assange’s security fears, various U.S. officials and pundits have made threatening statements directed at him in the past. WikiLeaks on Monday tweeted an alleged quote from a 2010 State Department meeting at which then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked if Assange could be killed in a drone strike. That same year, former Democrat strategist Bob Beckel said on Fox News Channel that “a dead man can’t leak stuff.”
Assange also has hinted that deceased DNC staffer Seth Rich may have been a source for WikiLeaks. Rich, 27, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the back at a Washington, D.C., intersection in July. He died soon thereafter. Authorities believe Rich was the target of a botched robbery, but his death has inspired conspiracy theories.
WikiLeaks has published more than 10 million leaked emails, including sensitive information about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a cache of diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies around the world.
According to earlier reports, the release was cancelled due to security concerns but Assange made his announcement through a video link Tuesday morning as planned.
Assange had every reason to be concerned for his safety because in 2010 Hillary Clinton proposed a military drone strike to ‘take him out’ in an attempt to silence Wikileaks. This is from the Wikileaks Twitter account:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) <a
Anne-Marie Slaughter, the State Department’s director of policy planning – wrote an email to Clinton, Clinton’s aides Huma Abedin and Jacob Sullivan as well as Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills with the subject line ‘an SP memo on possible legal and nonlegal strategies re Wikileaks.’
Here is the full video: