As TFTP reported, on Thursday, several men in black suits, surrounded by a dozen cops, raided the Ecuadorian embassy in London and kidnapped Julian Assange. Moments later, the Department of Justice released a statement charging Assange with computer hacking “conspiracy” for allegedly working with US Army soldier at the time, Chelsea Manning. After the charges were levied, Donald Trump took to personally denouncing anything to do with WikiLeaks, claiming “I know nothing about WikiLeaks.”
Trump’s comments highlight a trend among all those in power and their two-faced relationships with this media outlet. When WikiLeaks is exposing their political rivals, they are the darling organization who deserves protection for journalism. However, when WikiLeaks—who toes no party line—exposes corruption within their party, calls for Assange’s assassination fill the news cycle.
During the 2016 elections, Trump frequently praised WikiLeaks for exposing his political rival, even declaring “I love WikiLeaks!” However, once he became part of the establishment, WikiLeaks was now his enemy and therefore he must distance himself.
When asked about Julian Assange’s arrest on Thursday, Trump said at the White House, “It’s not my thing. I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange. I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange and that will be a determination, I would imagine, mostly by the attorney general, who’s doing an excellent job. So, he’ll be making a determination. I know nothing really about him.”
Despite Trump decrying “Fake News” on a regular basis, his administration is prosecuting the only major outlet in the world who has never had to issue a retraction—because they’ve been 100% correct.
This is a hypocrisy which WikiLeaks themselves took to calling out recently.
“The only media outlet with a 100% verification record is the one your administration is prosecuting,” wrote WikiLeaks last month….