Just yesterday, Wikileaks head and founder, Julian Assange, was a guest on Sean Hannity’s radio show. During the 26-minute interview, Sean and Julian discussed many topics, including Russia’s rumored influence on the 2016 presidential election.
Specifically, they discussed the DNC (Democratic National Committee) hack, which, according to Wikipedia, included:
- The DNC’s interactions with the media, Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns, and financial contributions.
- DNC staff’s “off-the-record” correspondence with media personalities, including the reporters at CNN, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
One of the big issues with the leaked information were documents that indicated that the DNC was not neutral regarding the nomination of the Democratic nominee. Again, from Wikipedia:
In the emails, DNC staffers derided the Sanders campaign. The Washington Post reported: “Many of the most damaging emails suggest the committee was actively trying to undermine Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Basically, all of these examples came late in the primary—after Hillary Clinton was clearly headed for victory—but they belie the national party committee’s stated neutrality in the race even at that late stage.
The leaked information also gave information about the DNC’s questionable fundraising strategies. As was written in The New York Times, the Wikileaks information also included “… ‘thousands of emails exchanged by Democratic officials and party fund-raisers, revealing in rarely seen detail the elaborate, ingratiating and often bluntly transactional exchanges necessary to harvest hundreds of millions of dollars from the party’s wealthy donor class. The emails capture a world where seating charts are arranged with dollar totals in mind, where a White House celebration of gay pride is a thinly disguised occasion for rewarding wealthy donors and where physical proximity to the president is the most precious of currencies.'”
Where does Russia come into all of this? Well, various parties insisted that the leaked information was due to a Russian-government sponsored hacking. However, on July 18, 2016, Dmitry Peskov, Russia’s press secretary, insisted that the Russian government was not involvement in the DNC hacking incident. Peskov said that the accusations were “paranoid” and “absurd.” Why would Russia want anything to do with the U.S. election? According to Russian security expert and investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, the Russian government feels Hillary Clinton is “a hater of Russia.”
During yesterday’s Hannity-Assange interview, Sean Hannity praised Mr. Assange, emphasizing that Assange has done the American people a favor by exposing the corruption of the Democrats in our government. Hannity also pointed out Mr. Assange’s track record, stating, “You have not been proven wrong, not one single time.”
Listen to the complete interview here: