WikiLeaks recently released nearly 20,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that exposed corruption connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The scandal resulted in the resignation of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, former chair of the DNC. Yet mere hours after her announcement, Clinton hired the former party leader as an honorary chairman of the campaign’s new “50-state” program.
Speculations of corruption in Clinton’s campaign have caused quite a stir throughout the 2016 presidential election. But perhaps the person with the most insight is the one exposing information that surpasses speculation and entails hard facts. Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, commented on the fallout of the recent leak as well as the behaviour of both Clinton and the DNC in a recent interview with Democracy Now!:
It is important for there to be examples of accountability. The resignation was an example of that. Now, of course, Hillary Clinton has tried to immediately produce a counter-example by putting out a statement, within hours, saying that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a great friend, and she’s incorporating her into her campaign, she’s going to be pushing for her re-election to the Congress.
So that’s a very interesting signaling by Hillary Clinton that if you act in a corrupt way that benefits Hillary Clinton, you will be taken care of.
And in response to the DNC’s favoritism of Clinton, he said:
In relation to what has become the most significant political discussion as a result of the publication, which is that the DNC higher-ups, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz, were clearly against Bernie Sanders and trying to subvert his campaign in a whole raft of ways, that’s true. That’s the—the atmosphere that is revealed by hundreds of emails is that it’s perfectly acceptable to produce trenchant internal criticisms of Bernie Sanders and discuss ways to undermine his campaign.
Assange also brought up another valuable point regarding the leaks, claiming they are likely linked to the Trump campaign, and yet, despite the insight these leaked emails have offered, Assange believes some of the most significant revelations have yet to be discovered by journalists:
But, you know, I really encourage people to research the more than 8,000 attachments that we put out, separate files, including more than 175 spreadsheets. That has the real core, the financial core, of the power structure and the exercise of monetary influence over the DNC. And that’s something that’s going to seed journalistic investigations for years.
View the full interview below:
While Americans fight for their choice of presidential candidate, Assange is saying that the threat of a Donald Trump presidency doesn’t inspire him to back Hillary Clinton. He said: “You’re asking me, do I prefer cholera or gonorrhea?”
In an interview with ITV, Assange has even claimed that WikLeaks will soon provide documents that give “enough evidence” for the Department of Justice to indict Clinton, though he doesn’t believe the Obama administration’s Justice Department will do so. He told ITV:
“[Attorney General Loretta Lynch] is not going to indict Hillary Clinton. It’s not possible that could happen. But the FBI could push for new concessions from the Clinton government in exchange for its lack of indictment.”
Nonetheless, the information, could, at the very least, ruin Clinton’s campaign. Of course, Trump is no better, but the point here is to recognize that there is no democracy in the United States; elections are completely rigged. The entire political process seems to be one big distraction from what’s really important at this time: Changing our planet for the better. This current political system is not the answer or solution to our problems. The system is broken, and until we move towards something radically different, we’re going to fall victim to the same lies and the same misdeeds again and again.
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