Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has learned a lesson on managing the press from Donald Trump. He had the worldwide press thinking that he would torpedo Hillary Clinton’s campaign at a press conference celebrating the organization’s 10th anniversary.
While all eyes were on Assange at the Berlin presser, Wikileaks appealed for funding and promoted their book much like Trump did when he promoted his brand new and magnificent Trump hotel.
The need for increased funding is for security. “We’re going to need… an army to defend us from the pressure that is already starting to arrive,” Assange said. The Wikileaks founder stated that they are the victims of a witch hunt, likely orchestrated by Hillary Clinton who already threatened to assassinate Assange via drone.
This was a brilliant move as so many American political junkies and journalists set their alarms for the event. We should have realized he wouldn’t do a news dump at 3 am EST.
Best troll ever: Assange asking why I'm up at 4am, while I'm wondering why I'm up at 4am, after he told me to be up at 4am. #OctoberSurprise
— Matt Dougan (@Americooligan) October 4, 2016
Assange did say that he will be releasing a million documents over the next 10 weeks. He states some of these documents will have a devastating impact on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The publicity leading up to the press conference caused quite a stir. While they didn’t drop information on Hillary Clinton during the presser, it built up a lot of suspicion about the Democratic nominee. The video below details how google searches regarding Hillary and Wikileaks dominated the day.
It is interesting to think about what Wikileaks has on Hillary. It would be wise to hold onto it a little longer. While early voting has started in some states, the maximum effect of exposing information would be to drop it in a couple weeks right before the election.
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H/T: Daily Mail
You can watch the full press release below.