Donald Trump owes WikiLeaks no small amount for his winning the 2016 presidential election.
Were it not forWikiLeaks‘ publishing ofDemocratemails — those of Hillary Clinton, Democratic National Committee (DNC), and John Podesta — the voter would not have known the corrupt pay-to-play Clinton Foundation, Hillary’s illegal privateemail server, the DNC’s corruption and betrayal of Hillary’s primary rivalBernie Sanders, and the satanic practices of Podesta and Pizzagate.
Throughout, Trump had been supportive and never critical ofWikiLeaks. As anexample, on January 4, 2017, Trumptweetedthis:
In aspeechon October 10, 2016,Trump declared, “I love WikiLeaks!”(New York Times)
Before he became the Trump administration’s CIA director,Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) similarly was approving of theWikiLeaksemails.On July 24, 2016, Pompeotweetedthis:
Then was then, now is now.
Then, Trump neededWikiLeaks. Now that he’s President,WikiLeakshas become “a hostile agent”.
Matthew Rosenberg reports forThe New York Timesthatin his firstspeechas director of the CIA Friday, April 13, 2017, Mike Pompeo attackedWikiLeaks as a stateless hostile intelligence unit eager to do the bidding of Russia and other U.S.adversaries.Pompeo said, “It’s time to call outWikiLeaksfor what it really is: a nonstate hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”
“It’s time to call outWikiLeaksfor what it really is: a nonstate hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”You would think we’re still in the Obama administration or a Hillary Clinton administration.
To support his assessment, Pompeo cited as evidence ofWikiLeaks‘ hostile intent the latter’s release of Democratic Party emails — the exact same emails that Pompeo had promoted in July 2016, but now insists had been stolen by Russianhackers, although bothWikiLeaksfounder Julian AssangeandhackerGuccifer 2.0maintain the leaker was a DNC staffer namedSeth Rich, 27.
On early Sunday morning, July 10, 2016, Seth was shot dead inthe streetsof Washington, DC. His assassination remains unsolved.
Pompeo also cited howWikiLeaksencouraged followers to join the C.I.A. and steal secrets, and how “it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States while seeking support from antidemocratic countries.”
Pompeo’s harshest words were reserved for Assange, whom Pompeo calls a “narcissist,” “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen,” and a “false wizard”.
There goes our hope and expectation that a President Trump would commend Assange and provide himpolitical asylumand a safe refuge in America.
The 180° reversal is because the Trump administration now finds itself on the receiving end ofWikiLeaksdisclosures. Last month, the group releasedthousands of pagesofdocumentsdescribing sophisticatedsoftware toolsand techniques used by the C.I.A. to break into the American people’s smartphones, computers and even internet-connected televisions.