WikiLeaks are still – yes, still – releasing stolen emails by or about Hillary Clinton, and love or hate them, there’s something for everybody. For Trump’s Deplorables, they show the Democratic nominee is corrupt and comfortably in the thrall of Wall Street; for Clintonites, they show she’s as politically savvy and capable in private as she is on stage. But despite this latest email dumping, few voters have changed their minds about Clinton and that is unlikely to change. However the timing of their release – just after the unearthing of the devastating Trump Tapes – has more than a few people scratching their heads and wondering about WikiLeaks’ grudge against the political left.
Julian Assange, everyone’s favorite pale hacktivist stereotype, hasn’t let being stuck in a foreign embassy hold him back from being a political assassin and Trumpian tool. WikiLeaks has arguably had a huge impact on shaping this presidential election, and in recent weeks has formed an improbable alliance with the Trump campaign, Breitbart and the Russian government in trying to take down Crooked Hillary. Ironically this alliance seems more enthusiastic about electing a Republican president than the Republican leadership, but despite Clinton’s numerous flaws and hawkish outlook, many are wondering why Assange would support a dictatorial candidate who promised to jail his opponent.
This is not to say that all of the WikiLeaks emails should be ignored. There is legitimate cause for concern about Clinton’s use of a private email server and the potential conflicts of interest that the Clinton Foundation was engaged in while she was Secretary of State. But everyone should at least be aware that WikiLeaks is pushing an agenda that calls into question their original integrity and neutrality. For now you can rest assured that there will be plenty more October surprises from WikiLeaks; they may not destroy Clinton but it won't be for lack of trying.
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