They are kidding, right?
By “they,” I mean Julian Assange, who tweeted out (through the WikiLeaks Twitter account) a willingness to head up the cyber security unit President Trump spoke about with Russia’s President Putin last week.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 9, 2017
And while partnering with Russia in a cyber security unit is probably the most reckless and unaware notion imaginable, a close second would be to put Julian Assange in charge of it.
Many feel, with good reason, that WikiLeaks is in deep with Russia, working as willing partners with the Kremlin.
As for the claim of trust they speak of, maybe not so fast.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo has targeted Assange directly in the past, calling him a “fraud” in April.
“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” Pompeo said.
“Assange is a narcissist who has created nothing of value,” the former Republican congressman charged. “He relies on the dirty work of others to make himself famous. He is a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen,” he continued.
Director Pompeo is correct.
This, however, is where we find ourselves.
The scary part is that somebody from the Trump train is going to jump all over this, take it seriously, and then Trumpsplain how having Julian Assange lead up a cybersecurity unit between the U.S. and Russia is actually a good idea.
Just wait for it.