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WikiLeaks / Julian Assange interview, on Clinton, Trump, and more [La Repubblica]

December 30, 2016

INTERVIEWER: What about Donald Trump? What is going to happen?

ASSANGE: “If the question is how I personally feel about the situation, I am mixed: Hillary Clinton and the network around her imprisoned one of our alleged sources for 35 years, Chelsea Manning, tortured her according to the United Nations, in order to implicate me personally. According to our publications Hillary Clinton was the chief proponent and the architect of the war against Libya. It is clear that she pursued this war as a staging effort for her Presidential bid. It wasn’t even a war for an ideological purpose. This war ended up producing the refugee crisis in Europe, changing the political colour of Europe, killing more than 40,000 people within a year in Libya, while the arms from Libya went to Mali and other places, boosting or causing civil wars, including the Syrian catastrophe. If someone and their network behave like that, then there are consequences. Internal and external opponents are generated. Now there is a separate question on what Donald Trump means”.

One of the biggest political stories of this year is the release of the Podesta archives, thru Wikileaks.

It provided valuable insight the production of national political news. We now have confirmation that much of it is manufactured with the direct involvement of the subjects of the reporting.

This process may have been responsible for promoting Donald Trump during the Republican primaries, as a “pied piper” candidate who would let Clinton look better in comparison. Likewise, Podesta and his team worked diligently to promote the claim that Clinton is the inevitable nominee, and the most electable Democrat in a distinctly anti-establishment year. (A claim that flew in the face of common sense as well as actual polls).

Further details such as the DNC sneaking Clinton advance notice of debate questions, may have cost Clinton support of enough independents that she consequently lost the election.

So it’s not too much exaggeration to say that Wikileaks is one of the most influential players in the 2016 US presidential election. Here is an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange:



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