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Did WikiLeaks hustle Trump supporters?

Republican nominee has been suffering ever since the firstdebate

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - Media across the world was joined by gooey-eyed Trump supporters as they together awaited the grand expose that WikiLeaks promised against Hillary Clinton in October. > Big News Network

After the anti-secrecy organisation released a trove of hacked Democratic National Committee documents on the eve of the party’s convention - hopes were high amongst Trump supporters that the promised leaks related to Clinton would tip the scales in Trump’s direction, especially after the low, controversy-ridden period that the Republican nominee has been suffering ever since the first Presidential debate concluded. 

So high was the anticipation that Texas radio host Alex Jones, who started Infowars, that is a pro-Trump media vehicle, had said that the news conference would be “historic” and that “the Clintons will be devastated.” 

He was so excited that minutes before his broadcast, he told his audience that he was worried his heart couldn’t stand it. 

However, by the end of the conference, Jones exclaimed and said that he’d been “#wikirolled.”

However, WikiLeaks had other plans. In its major news conference, that it announced weeks back, it did not reveal any documents that would put an end to Clinton’s Presidential dreams, neither did it do anything that would effect the U.S. Presidential elections in any way whatsoever.  

Instead, WikiLeaks railed against “neo-McCarthyist hysteria,” blasted the mainstream press and appealed for donations.

 

Expose? No, just promises

Merely two hours after WikiLeaks celebrated its tenth anniversary at a press conference in Berlin, Assange greeted his supporters via satellite from London’s Ecuadorian embassy where he has sought asylum since 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces sexual assault charges.

He said, “I’ve seen the Internet and there’s enormous expectation in the United States. Some of that expectation is partly answered but you have to understand that if we’re going to make a major publication in relation to the United States at a particular hour, we don’t do it at 3 AM.”

He vowed to publish “significant material” on war, arms, oil, Google and the U.S. election - adding, “The documents themselves are revealing, but also the government/state reactions to the releases are revealing also.”  

Assange promised that the documents that would be revealed closer to the U.S. Presidential Elections in November would affect three powerful organisations in three different states and would impact the elections. He said that the information related to the election is very closely guarded and could upend the race as the documents “associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles, some quite interesting.”

He has promised to reveal documents every week over the next ten weeks. 

 

Anything on Clinton? 

Stabbing in the heart of anticipation amongst Trump supporters, Assange rejected claims that the soon-to-be-released data would focus primarily on tarnishing Hillary Clinton’s reputation. But not before he criticises the Democratic nominee for “falsely propagating that accessing Wikileaks data would make users vulnerable to malicious software.”

Of course, his stance exposed him to questions related to any possible personal affinity with Clinton's rival, Donald Trump, Assange replied, “I feel personal affinity really, I think, with all human beings. I certainly feel sorry for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. These are two people that are tormented by their ambitions in different ways."

 

WikiLeaks announced many new initiatives on its tenth anniversary including plans to launch an “international army to defend the website.”

Further, the website is said to be pursuing a new membership program “designed to help offset the continuing costs of litigation.”

According to reports, the website is set to publish about one million documents before the close of the year.

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