of Jullian Assange's interview tonight on Fox News with Sean Hannity,
in which as we previewed last night the Wikileaks founder will again
deny on the record that Russia was the source of hacked Democratic
emails, stating that "our source is not the Russian government
and it is not a state party", Wikileaks decided to engage in
some creative marketing and, on Monday afternoon promised that 2017
will be an even bigger year for leaks than 2016, which saw the
whistleblowing site publish thousands of documents exposing the dirty
laundry of the Clinton campaign, US political secrets, covert trade
deals and private communications from global leaders.
you thought 2016 was a big WikiLeaks year, 2017 will blow you away,”
WikiLeaks tweeted on Monday, giving no hints as to what may be in
store. The tweet, featuring a clip from a Clint Eastwood spaghetti
western showdown, also included a link to its website’s donation
page so people can help the site “prepare for the showdown.
was another game-changing for the whistleblowing site, as it
delivered a massive trove of documents over the 12-month period.
These included over 50,000 emails from John Podesta, Hillary
Clinton’s campaign chair and more than 27,000 emails from the
Democratic National Committee, which confirmed the DNC worked against
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, favoring Clinton,
and ultimately led to the resignation of then-DNC chair Debbie
emails relating to the US election rocked the Democratic
establishment and delivered a blow to the Clinton campaign in the
lead-up to the November election; according to many the Podesta
revelations tipped the election against Hillary Clinton. The outcry
against the the two sets of releases was so profound, it sparked a
global diplomatic scandal between the US and Russia, and as a result
of Obama administration accusations that the leaks were orchestrated
by the Kremlin, the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats and seized two
Russian compounds last week. Contrary to expectations, Putin refused
to retaliate in tit-for-tat fashion, instead suggesting he is simply
waiting for the arrival of the Trump administration to rebuild
relations with the US.
also released more US State Department cables, as well as documents
which gave an insight into the US arming of Yemen. Text from the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trade in
Services Agreement (TiSA) was also revealed.
Monday, WikiLeaks also confirmed that founder Julian Assange (who
some have speculated has been compromised) will take part in a Reddit
Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Thursday at 14:00 GMT (9:00 Eastern). The
tweet announcing the AMA contained the hashtag ‘proofoflife’,
presumably referencing concerns raised by some for the WikiLeaks
Sean Hannity on Julian Assange: "I Believe Every Word He Says"