The much-hyped “Clinton campaign ending” announcement coordinated between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the Trump campaign fizzled out abruptly. Despite major interest on right-wing corners of the web, the one-time transparency group and current Trump cheerleaders at Wikileaks failed to produce a single incriminating thing about Hillary Clinton. Instead, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange aired a whole lot of nothing from his home at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he is currently holed up dodging rape charges.
Assange apparently planned to release this game changer from the balcony of the embassy – yes, exactly like the Pope in St. Peter’s Square, but was supposedly instructed not to due to unspecified “security concerns” that nobody has since been able to verify.
Due to security concerns at the Ecuadorian Embassy, Julian Assange's balcony announcement on Tues has been cancelled, per @wikileaks
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) September 30, 2016
The stakes were very high for Assange’s latest Clinton campaign ending announcement after the last Clinton campaign ending announcement made by Wikileaks turned out to be a giant, undercooked nothingburger. This one, they vowed, would certainly knock her out of the race and provide Trump with an easy win in November. Instead, the world got this:
“I’ve seen the internet, and I understand there is enormous expectation in the United States,” said Assange, the site’s editor, via video conference at the event, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of WikiLeaks held at 10 a.m. Berlin time.
“Some of that expectation will be addressed [when I announce upcoming projects]. But you should 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 a.m.”
He’s got nothing.
For those wondering why Wikileaks and Trump are now friends, nobody knows quite how it happened. While Assange has publicly expressed contempt for both Clinton and Trump, Wikileaks shares a mutual love for anti-Semitism with many of Trump’s alt-right supporters which may explain the uneasy alliance. In recent months, the organization has become more and more hysterical in its quest to topple Clinton before the election.
Trump’s supporters were certainly stoked about the hyped “October surprise” Wikileaks said it had. Roger Stone, Trump’s long-time friend, confidant, and closest racist, excitedly tweeted that Clinton would be finished by Wednesday morning – one day after the Wikileaks bombshell was set to drop.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 2, 2016
What does Roger think this bombshell is? He doesn’t know.
“Well, it could be any number of things. I actually have communicated with Assange. I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation but there’s no telling what the October surprise may be.”
The only surprise was that Wikileaks didn’t have squat. Instead, the event was a pathetic attempt to troll the media into paying attention to Julian Assange.
Needless to say, conservatives who had been banking on this to stop Hillary were furious. Alex Jones, Trump’s good friend, dedicated a show to covering the announcement. After it became clear it was a dud, he very publicly had a meltdown.
— nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) October 4, 2016
Perhaps even more damning: Roger Stone, who spent the last few days repeatedly speculating about what was in the announcement, has been silent ever since. Oops.
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