Many thought that Hillary Clinton got her “free get out of jail card” when the FBI declined to press charges against her over wrongful use of a private email server during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State.
But then came along anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
First WikiLeaks released some 20,000 emails in July that reveled underhanded methods the Democratic National Committee (DNC) used to bump Senator Bernie Sanders out of the race for the Democratic presidential candidacy.
The email dump also revealed other things.
“The leaked emails might also cause embarrassment in some newsrooms around the country because they reveal a close and, at times, too close working relationship with the Democratic Party. In one case, a reporter submitted his story to the DNC for clearance ahead of publication,” reported veteran journalist Paul McGeough for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Even childish antics among DNC officials to create fake Craiglist adverts to recruit “hot women” to work for Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump were among the communications.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned on the eve of the party’s convention over the leaked emails controversy, but got herself a new role on the Clinton campaign.
The Clinton camp blamed the Russians for hacking the DNC and giving the emails to WikiLeaks because they said the Kremlin supports Trump’s bid for the White House, something that the Trump camp reacted angrily to.
Given the accusation had no evidence, we will probably never know if the Russians provided the emails to WikiLeaks because its founder, Julian Assange, says he never reveals the group’s sources.
The Clinton camp accusation is seen by many as a ploy to discredit what the emails revealed.
In the interview below with RT — a media outlet funded by the Russian government — Assange says he doesn’t see any substantial connection between Trump and Russia. Watch the RT 27-minute-long interview with Assange here:
As per the video, Assange said it’s rather Clinton who has more past ties with Russia, especially in relation to her time as U.S. Secretary of State where he said she allowed the sale of 20 percent of U.S. uranium processing rights to a Russian company.
“At that time, those Russian interests made a large contribution to the Clinton Foundation,” Assange said, referring to Clinton’s controversial nonprofit corporation first set up by her ex-president husband Bill, which has reportedly accepted donations from some very questionable donors.
“There is an extremely well-documented pattern of when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, those people, companies, governments, who wanted a decision by the Secretary of State in their favor, made large donations to the Clinton Foundation, or in some other cases made business deals with people around Hillary Clinton,” said Assange in the interview.
The Clintons and their foundation deny any such thing.
It’s no surprise then that WikiLeaks have come under attack from pro-Clinton corporate media for “reckless behavior,” with one notable piece coming from Time that was titled Wikileaks Is Getting Scarier Than the NSA.
So do Assange and WikiLeaks have evidence of wrongdoing that will end Clinton’s campaign? It seems that’s the word going around, with Assange saying there is more to come, especially in regards to the Clinton Foundation, something he admitted in the RT video above.
But Assange isn’t the only one beating the drum about the foundation.
Quietly in the background, the FBI and various local U.S. attorneys’ offices are conducting investigations into the foundation.