Thursday 29 December 2016

Julian Assange Backs Donald Trump As He Says Clinton Destroys Herself

Julian Assange

Julian Assange was responsible for the publication of thousands of documents revealing the inner workings of Mrs Clinton's election campaign as well as her private messages sent from a White House server.

Asked whether he felt his organisation's revelations had led to her downfall, the Australian campaigner hit back.

In a wide ranging interview with Italian newspaper La Republica, he said: "Power is mostly the illusion of power.

"The Pentagon demanded we destroy our publications. We kept publishing. Clinton denounced us and said we were an attack on the entire 'international community'. We kept publishing.

"I was put in prison and under house arrest. We kept publishing.

Julian Assange

"Clinton tried to destroy us and was herself destroyed. Elephants, it seems, can be brought down with string. Perhaps there are no elephants."

Mr Assange, 45, has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than four years, to avoid being extradited to Sweden over rape allegations, which he has denied.

He said that Wikileaks has become the primary source for information on Mrs Clinton's correspondence.

Mr Assange said: "We have been publishing her cables since 2010 and her emails also. This is why it is natural for sources who have information on Hillary Clinton to come to us. They know we will understand its significance."

Asked whether he was a Trump supporter and had acted to derail Mrs Clinton's campaign, he referred to her imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, a transgender US army soldier who passed on classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange

He said: "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."

Mr Assange believes Mr Trump's administration will bring change to the White House and America because he is not part of Washington DC's political elite.

He said: "Hillary Clinton's election would have been a consolidation of power in the existing ruling class of the United States. Donald Trump is not a DC insider."

He added Mr Trump was "displacing and destabilising the pre-existing central power network within DC" and said his election had produced "opportunities for change in the United States".



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