Leaked Chats Show WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Supported GOP, Russia, Told Supporters To Troll People, Targeted Jewish Journalist
Leaked chats published by The Intercept show WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange showing support for the Republican Party over Democrat Hillary Clinton and his sympathy for Russia, despite its long history of human rights violations.
Assange, who has always claimed to be neutral and transparent, revealed his political leanings to some of WikiLeaks strongest supporters in a private Twitter direct message group in November 2015, notes The Intercept:
We believe it would be much better for GOP to win. Dems+Media+liberals woudl then form a block to reign in their worst qualities. With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities., dems+media+neoliberals will be mute. She’s a bright, well connected, sadistic sociopath.
A former supporter of WikiLeaks, who uses the name “Hazelpress,” told The Intercept that he set up the low security direct message group in mid-2015:
At this point, considering the power exercised by WikiLeaks, [disclosing] literally anything Assange says is in the public interest. WikiLeaks purports to be a neutral transparency organization.
In addition to supporting Republicans, Assange was also sympathetic to Russia in June 2015 because the U.S. was allegedly hacking Russia’s naval base in Kalingrad, Crimea “in an explicitly stated policy of regime change.”
Assange told the Twitter group that Russia is “deeply paranoid of everyone, including foreign funded NGOs and invading ‘western’ cultural practices like gays and the Internet.”
Assange claimed the U.S. actions were pushing Russia “to be authoritarian, because it may be overthrown by US subversion.”
Assange insisted that Russia had only “minor imperialistic goals in its near abroad.”
Assange reportedly encouraged his supporters to take on false identities and troll people on the Internet, including journalists whom Assange did not like: “Be the troll you want to see in the world.”
Assange asked his supporters to “please troll this BBC idiot,” a reference to journalist Chris Cook.
Assange added: “Our interest is in having inflamitory tweets from him about JA/WL that we can use in legal cases to show that a toxic climate exists the UK (in the UK).”
Assange reportedly used anti-Semitic undertones against Associated Press journalist Raphael Satter who co-wrote about WikiLeaks publisheing private information about individuals and harming them.
Assange told his Twitter group: “He’s always ben a rat. But he’s jewish and engaged with the ((()))) issue.”
Assange’s parentheses reportedly refer to a neo-Nazi meme called “echoes,” which is used to identify Jews online.
Assange urged his supporters to attack Satter: “Bog him down. Get him to show statements of his bias.”