Did the bill come due?
Donald Trump happily proclaimed on the campaign trail: “I love WikiLeaks!”
That was in response to the WikiLeaks dump of DNC emails and documents, which caused such turmoil on the left.
Documents revealed that the DNC was actively working to torpedo candidate Bernie Sanders, in favor of Hillary Clinton. It caused enough of a family feud within the Democrat party that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz stepped down as DNC chairwoman, and many Democrat voters threw their support to Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
WikiLeaks, and more specifically, founder Julian Assange (basically, still WikiLeaks) have shown a dogged allegiance to Trump, on the campaign trail, and through the first year of his presidency.
Trump supporters, like Sean Hannity, who wanted to see Assange charged and jailed in previous years, have suddenly become big fans of all things WikiLeaks.
Because they’re big, fat, stinking hypocrites.
It’ll be interesting to see if Hannity and the other media fans of the Kremlin WikiLeaks have a reaction.
Following Trump’s moronic “Fake News Awards” bit of trifling on Wednesday evening, the WikiLeaks account basically planted their feet and pointed out that if you want to find “fake news,” be sure to point at your president, as well.
Comment: While @WikiLeaks, as a primary source organization with a perfect verification record welcomes debate over "fake news" it should be noted that along with the U.S. establishment press, the Trump administration is a frequent source of false information. #FakeNewsAwards
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 18, 2018
A frequent source of false information.
Some of us are well aware, actually. Others have convinced themselves that if you deny long enough, a lie becomes truth, and the truth becomes a lie.
Those folks wear red caps and convulsively scream, “MAGA!” as a retort to any attempts at reasoned discussion.
WikiLeaks wasn’t done commenting on Trump’s frivolous “awards show.”
In another tweet Wednesday, WikiLeaks cited a specific recipient of the “Fake News Awards.” The No. 3 award went to CNN for its report that “candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked WikiLeaks documents from WikiLeaks.”
“While Trump’s #FakeNewsAwards attributes the “bronze” (#3) medal to CNN, in fact, NBC & CBS also originated or “verified” the same false story in an extraordinary case of triple fake news placement that still lacks all transparency or discipline,” WikiLeaks tweeted.
The U.S. intelligence community has linked WikiLeaks to the Kremlin, and Russian efforts to exert influence over the direction of the 2016 election.
Officials have concluded “with high confidence” that WikiLeaks got the DNC emails from Russian hackers, working for the Russian government.
WikiLeaks denies it. Russia denies it. Trump devotees deny it.
None of these sources should be trusted to be completely honest and forthright.
And while Trump has repeatedly called for a more warm and cooperative relationship with Russia, that end has been moved back by some recent administration decisions (such as publicly calling for moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem).
That might account for WikiLeaks’ unexpected shot at the Trump administration on Trump’s favorite venue.