Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Refuses To Say Whether Russia Provided Hacked Democratic Emails

Politico reports:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is refusing to discuss whether Russia had any involvement in a trove of emails from the Democratic National Committee leaked to his organization ahead of the party’s convention.

In an interview Sunday on NBC’s β€œMeet the Press,” Assange said WikiLeaks has “a perfect track record” of providing accurate information and “never revealing our sources.”

“The difficulty that WikiLeaks has, of course, is that we can’t go around speculating on who our sources are. That would be irresponsible,” Assange said in the interview from Ecuador’s Embassy in London, where he has sought protection.

“We don’t give any material away as to who our sources are,” he added. “It’s a security matter for us as to who our sources are.”

“What I can say categorically is that we have published proof that the election campaign of Bernie Sanders was sabotaged in a corrupt manner by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others within the DNC,” Assange said. “We can say that categorically.”

  • Gigi

    There’s too much at stake here. Assange & Co. need to back the fuck away. I’m no fan of the Clintons either but there’s no way I’d harm Hillary to allow Trump to become emperor of Amercia.

    • BearEyes

      he’s too invested in his vendetta against Clinton and Obama to look at the big picture.

      • Bruno

        I’m not convinced he isn’t just a little enamored with tRump either, no matter what he says.

        • another_steve

          Trump’s “the agent of change,” right? /snark

          That’s why, I’m guessing, some Bernie Sanders supporters might actually vote for Trump.

          • karmanot

            No way, nada, zilch….Bernie supporters will not vote for Der Dtrumpfenfhurer. Dondon stands for everything Sander’s supporters loath. If they do, they were not true Bernie supporters.

          • Bruno

            I have a friend who went from Bernie but OK with Hillary to bigtime she’s a shill BoB. The very first thing he said to me, before he was so anti-Hillary, was that tRump and Bernie were both reflecting the anger in the country. Like they were 2 sides to the same coin. But he would never ever vote for tRump. Me merely mentioning that a vote for a 3rd party or a write-in for Bernie was a vote for tRump got him very pissed off at me. I’m optimistic that there aren’t going to be too many “let’s burn it down” bots on the progressive side.

          • karmanot

            Of course it pissed him off, because you apparently don’t understand what is democracy….the right to vote for whom one wishes.

          • Guest

            He already has his democracy; he can vote for whoever on that ballot. It’s the same idea as the First Amendment; everyone else gets to critique you and it’s up to the commons to direct that critique.

          • Todd20036

            Tell your friend that Trump and 1930s Hitler have more in common with each other than Trump and Clinton

          • Bruno

            I’m sure he knows. I’m actually not really going there with him anymore. He’s a friend I see sometimes and we hang out occasionally, but not a good friend. So it’s a weird situation where I think we both don’t want to have politics get us angry at each other. We’ll keep acting like adults, hopefully. But I know he’s not voting for tRump.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            I want to see Hillary use that anger. She needs to point out that what people are angry about is not actually the fault of the President, but of the Republican Congress.

            To get stimulous approved, Republicans demanded and got 1/3rd as tax cuts to the wealthy, during a time of war, when spending massively increased. That third was taken from jobs.

            Republicans voted against increasing embassy spending

            Republicans voted against increasing spending on Veterans healthcare

            Republicans refused to vote to maintain healthcare coverage for 9/11 first responders and allowed it to expire

            Republicans shut down the government, costing ($2 billion?) over a childish snit over defunding women’s healthcare.

            Republicans voted over 50 times on kiling Obamacare at a cost of over $50 million dollars, but refuse to hold hearing on a Supreme Court Justice

            Republicans criticize Obama on the middle east, but refused to vote and even started vacation early to avoid voting on a war authorization.

            Instead of (just) running against Trump, she needs to run against the Republican party. Acknowledge the anger and turn and laser focus it on the party that makes this country angry.

          • Bruno

            I don’t know though, if she’s trying to appeal to centrist Republicans who are put off by tRump, she has to walk a fine line with that.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            But centrist Republicans are outraged at how dysfunctional their party has become. The tea party types cheered for the government shutdown. I believe many centrist Republicans were furious. This type approach could be appealing to them.

          • Do Something Nice

            Just as some Hillary supporters voted for McCain in 2008. It was a very low percent of them and MOST Sanders supporters are voting for Clinton.

        • Mark

          I want to know where the money is – -the money being paid this douchebag assange.

      • Cara Rosenberg

        He’s Austrailian so he don’t care about the US

        • Dramphooey

          Well, he’d doing everything possible to make Mad Max a reality.

          • RemusL

            Except Mad Max actually cares about people and collateral damage. Not sure this guy does.

        • Reality.Bites

          Sane people all over the world care about the outcome of your elections, this one more than others. He may not care about the US, but it’s not because he’s Australian.

          If Trump becomes President the impact will be felt everywhere.

      • crewman

        Vigilante. He’s appointed himself the sole voice of morality.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        He sees himself as a disrupter. And as vile as Trump is, he certainly is disruptive and I’m guessing that appeals to Assange. He’s the kind to stir the shit, not knowing or caring about the outcome, but excited to sit back and see what happens, like a child bouncing up and down excitedly, “I did dat!”

        • BearEyes

          or a child arsonist.

    • chasmader

      It’s high time we put the squeeze on Ecuador. The US should escrow all development aid until they toss him out on the streets of London. And yes, he did rape those Swedish women, barback, so his protestations of free speech are a smokescreen and simply do not apply.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        1
        until tried nothing proven.

        2
        Sweden has a very “loose” definition of “rape”.

        But why bother with due process THE UNDERPINNING OF A DEMOCRATIC STATE

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Oh heres the international white trash russian. Go back to chernobyl

          • Mihangel apYrs

            moron
            Chernobyl is Ukraine (the country USA destabilised)

            No doubt the name confused you – not Russian (moron!) but Cymru.

            I note that any disagreement tends to get an accusation of being Russian or a Russian stooge. The sign of sophistication or indeed intelligence is the ability to question one’s own country and its behaviour. You seem happier with the attitude “ein Volk . . . “

          • George Waite

            We f-up Ukraine? You don’t think that the past 300 years were enough to make Ukraine anything other than a corrupt basket case enough, even if the US sank into the ocean?
            Please.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            Ukraine has had the same sort of history as most of Europe over the last couple of millenia. Since the fall of USSR it was trundling on fairly well until the USA started its meddling – the Maiden Sq disaster was “encouraged” by your State Dept and its mercenaries and operatives.

            But read it up for yourself, but not from the authorised version.

          • George Waite

            “My state department”-you don’t think Hitler and Stalin had more to do with f-up Ukraine than Condoleeza and Hillary?
            “Ukraine has had the same sort of history” -in pretty much the same way that Ireland from 1845 through 1855 had the same sort of diet as the rest of Europe. Please don’t embarrass yourself this much; Ukraine went from back and forth armies from 1914 through 1917, two revolutions after that, the Polish/Soviet invasions and counter-invasions, partition, massive property confiscation, the Holodomor (look it up), invasion by Hitler, counter-invasion by Stalin and mass murder that accompanied both the Nazis and Communists, mass deportations and renewed repression after the war, environmental devastation and Chernoblyl, followed by uncertainty after the fall of the USSR in 1991.
            If that’s the “same sort of history” as the rest of Europe, than going into the hospital with a sprained ankle and going into the hospital with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer are both simply “health issues”.
            Your equivalency is so false as to be grotesque.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            Please do not lecture me on the recent history of Europe – I am well aware of our home-grown dictators and their barbarities. But both Hitler and Stalin have been DEAD for more than 50 years! And your ignorance of European history is notable after your little diatribe – or is it just partial? We can reflect easily on the horror of the Holocaust as one of the latest
            abominations.

            The atrocities of Stalin and Hitler are well documented and extend well beyond Ukraine; however, YOUR state department did interfere leading up to “Maiden Sq” and continues to do so. Extending NATO to Russia’s borders indicates a degree of hamfistedness!

            From your ivory tower I invite you to review the relatively recent treatment of the First Nations, your even more recent squabble about slavery, and your almost contemporaneous institutional racism and its associated violence.

            You have no high horse to climb onto

          • George Waite

            There’s a cutoff point for atrocities? And it’s fifty years?
            And did you ever hear of “tu quoque” in arguments? Look it up.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            indeed not, as I referred to the inhumanities practiced by the USA in the 19c; since then the USA has done such things as extra ordinary rendition, Gitmo, etc etc. However the regimes you reference are both defunct, unlike yours

        • chasmader

          Blame the victim. Real classy.
          And again to my point; you’re deflecting, as the two issues, multiple rape and government transparency are not mutually exclusive.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            you see accusations of “victim-blaming” is a way to close down discussion.

            There is an accusation of 2 rapes neither proven, and it would be good if it could go to court, but Sweden can’t offer the guarantee any sane person would ask for – not to be shipped of to the USA to meet a very partial “justice”, followed by revenge punishment (especially if Clinton became POTUS).

            Try reading up on the case rather than soundbites

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      He does not care about anyone but himself. He uses these opportunities to try to paint himself as relevant to the perpetual anarchist fringe of the world’s society to whom he is their god. At this point though I don’t know why the Ecuadorians have not tired of him by now.

  • JT
  • AJD

    And it can be said categorically that Julian Assange has no intention of serving democracy or transparency, only in exacting revenge and feeding his ego.

  • Chucktech

    You don’t have to identify Russia as the source, Assange, we already know it was. Thank you, that’ll be all now…

    • Jeffg166

      His non answer says it all.

      • Martin

        It certainly does, he could deny it was Russia without revealing the source, if it wasn’t Russia. So, we have our answer.

    • another_steve

      Linking all this to the asshole Assange is irrelevant.

      It needs to be linked back to the Trump campaign now.

      • Bruno

        Still, it’s good Assange is being asked. After all, he KNOWS that it’s Russia, so he should be held accountable.

      • Quipster

        See my post above.

        • another_steve

          Great analysis.

          • Quipster

            Thanks.

  • Bruno

    Funny how Bernie Sanders doesn’t seem to agree with the “categorical” evidence. I guess he’s just a shill for the DNC too now.

    • Cylux

      He always was. No refunds on donations.

    • Dramphooey

      The worst thing from what I can tell is the discussion about spreading some story about him being an atheist. However, the email themselves seem to make it clear they backed off and didn’t do anything.

      • Bruno

        Apparently Jennifer Granholm in some interview slipped and said “atheist” instead of “socialist” so that becomes proof for the more dimwitted.

        • Dramphooey

          It’s ugly crap and after Obama suffered eight years of being a atheist-Muslim-radical Wright Christian I think they should be ashamed of themselves for suggesting it. Schulz is best out of the job.

          • Bruno

            It was one staffer who suggested it, and yes he should’ve been ashamed and he did apologize. Let’s be careful about conspiracizing it, because in actuality, the DNC shut it down.

  • bkmn

    Is it time to send a Seal team in to get him out of the embassy?

    • Lazycrockett

      I think the government is waiting for the results of Ecuador’s next presidential election results. Assange shine has worn off.

      • TuuxKabin

        Feb 19, 2016 – Ecuador has set Feb. 19, 2017, as election day, exactly one year from Friday, when the population will head to the polls to elect five regional parliamentarians, 137 federal lawmakers, the vice-president, and the president.

        http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ecuador-Sets-2017-Election-Date-Marking-Correas-Last-Year-20160219-0003.html

      • CharlestonDave

        I would not be surprised to see Assange whisked out of the Ecuadorean embassy in a Cage aux Folles-style drag misdirection, then showing up a week later as Assange’s roommate in Russia.

    • Bad Tom

      Julian Assange is not worth it.
      Osama Bin Laden was.

    • MonochromeMouse

      given that it’s considered an act of war to invade an embassy, that’s probably not a good idea. the little weasel isn’t worth it

      • JustSayin’

        No but cutting off aid and funding is quite legal and ecuador needs to be reminded of that. In 2014 they recieved $26 Billion in US assistance…. They need to be reminded that it can cease.

        • George Waite

          Or stopping all remittances from “migrants” here in the US; most Latin American countries depend to one extent or another on these funds.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      that would break NATO – the UK could not accept that happening on its territory

  • another_steve

    Not enough popcorn in the world, folks.

  • Blake Jordan

    Votes for Sanders were not ignored or changed, so fuck off!!!

    • MonochromeMouse

      ^this. that is the definition of voter fraud. what happened to sanders was basically just “the popular kids said mean things about me behind my back” not voter fraud

      • Friday

        More than that, the DNC has a responsibility to the whole party: in May, Bernie’s campaign had been doing nothing but *trash* every Democrat for not being Bernie, after he’d already lost, no less.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Microaggressions!!!!

        • Todd20036

          Leave Trump’s penis out of this.

    • Lazycrockett

      It’s hilarious when you see how Clinton and the DNC handled Bernie with kid gloves. Oh everyone was so harsh on Bernie. SMGDH

      • Blake Jordan

        Clinton pretty much ignored Sanders the entire campaign, only acknowledging him during debates or when she was pressed by the media.

        • Todd20036

          He never was much of a threat to her, not after the first few primaries anyway

  • Dramphooey

    “The difficulty that WikiLeaks has, of course, is that we can’t go around speculating on who our sources are.” Speculating? I like your second paragraph better when you say you don’t give out your sources but don’t pretend to be some pundit wondering what those guys at Wikileaks are up to now.

  • Cara Rosenberg

    Dickhead

  • SoCalGal20

    OT: Mr. Khan isn’t having any of Drumpf’s bullshit and he’s not shutting up about it either. I would love it if he’s the person that takes him down.

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/759723056197726208

    • Bruno

      The next 4 months will be horribly worrying and grueling. But once Hillary is in office, I hope that tRump is so permanently damaged, it will completely destroy his empire. I hope he is ordered to pay his entire fortune in damages to people he’s hurt. I hope he does jail time for crimes that will surely be uncovered after all this scrutiny. I hope he is denigrated and mocked for the rest of his life.

      • Lazycrockett

        When the Russian Oligarchs come looking for their money Drumpf will disappear.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Trump will be hitting multiple simultaneous slots with sweat dripping into his change cup … at the Borgata.

        • RemusL

          Yeah, if Drumpf continues to do business the way he has in the past by cheating his partners and investors, even the Russians won’t take too kindly to that.

        • PLAINTOM

          Trump is really out of luck because Moose and Squirrel are Hillary supporters πŸ™‚

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Helloooo jimmy hoffa

      • Joe in PA

        Assuming of course, he actually HAS a fortune.

        • Bruno

          I’m pretty sure he still owns a lot of real estate at the very least. He has some sort of fortune tied up in that. I wonder…is he taking donations now? I’d heard earlier that all the money he was supposedly pouring into the campaign was a loan to be paid back to him.

          • Chucktech

            Those planes don’t paint “TRUMP” on themselves, ya know…

          • Joe in PA

            with REAL gold-leaf-tone spray paint!

          • Joe in PA

            Yeah, that ‘loan’ has been reported.

            I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that everything he ‘owns’ is hocked to the max. His house-of-cards could come tumbling down. Oh please, oh please.

          • Lynettechunt1

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          • MaryOGrady

            He wants donations now.
            Grifters gotta grift.

          • SFHarry

            They were loans. He recently forgave a portion of it. It is a common trick by con men. What they do is publicly put a little more of their own money into a con when the chips are down which convinces investors to re-up their own investment and they end up making more money in the end.

          • Bruno

            Yep. He’s actually a real sharp one when it comes to lying and cheating.

        • stanhope

          Tell me how he is paying for the jet, the standing crew, the triplex in Trump Tower, the mansion on Long Island and the Florida property so expensive the US government couldn’t afford it when Marjorie Post gave it to be the summer white house. There are so many points on which to engage Trump, wealth or lack thereof seems stupid.

          • Joe in PA

            LOL

          • Robincho

            Marjorie Post giving Mar-A-Lago to the Fedz! Ah, but those were the days of merrier weather…

          • stanhope

            Her days were always merry given her own money and marrying E F Hutton and when E F Hutton speaks, people listen LOL

          • Robincho

            I always thought it woulda been fun to be Dina Merrill, growing up with Marjorie & EF for parents…

          • stanhope

            She sais she would watch the celebrities and famous people from upstairs. Dina, quiet as it is kept, is a billionaire today.

          • Robincho

            Plus she got to knock her off some nice pieces of Cliff Robertson…

          • stanhope

            I would have bought better even if i had to leave the sale bin for full price merchandise though i wouldn’t pay Porfirio Rubrirosa prices LOL

      • djcoastermark

        ….

        • Bruno

          As Rachel Maddow would say, that pic is “teeny tiny teeny tiny teeny tiny.”

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Which I adore and makes me squee like a child. She does not do this often enough.

            Best when delivered to accompany a picture of baby otters or puppies.

        • Acronym Jim

          Screen cap from The Price is Right?

          Mabel Finklestein! COME ON DOWN!

          • djcoastermark

            Actually it was from the Democratic convention this past week. for some reason disq wouldn’t let me post the whole thing. Note the hottie bearish guy on the right. When I saw it live I thought how cool (and kinda hot) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce2dfdd81495cf5b3c050204afbea01b2d168cd5843f9c8721f60bfa4e0b0b32.gif

          • greenmanTN

            THAT’S what America looks like!

          • George Waite

            I don’t look like the one in the middle with raised arms; for one thing, I’m much less obese.

          • greenmanTN

            I meant as a group- young, old, black, white, Hispanic, fat, thin, gay, straight, etc. As opposed to the RNC where pretty much everyone was white and skewed older.

          • George Waite

            Oh, OK.
            So you’ve got a problem with groups that “skew older and are overwhelmingly White”?
            Like the Quakers, Unitarians, Mainline Protestants?

          • greenmanTN

            As the core constituency and massively overwhelming number of a political party, yes I do. I think it says something when the the vast majority of members of any “minority,” black, LGBT, Hispanic, disabled, and many women won’t join your party because they find your policies not only offensive to their interests, but hostile to them, and your base is mostly nothing but older white people who want to bring back a “Leave It To Beaver” past that never really existed in the first place.

            Don’t fuck with me because this ain’t my first time at the rodeo, and the demographics of any particular religious group is ENTIRELY different that the makeup of one the only two currently viable political parties in the United States.

          • George Waite

            “My base”? On what basis do you think I belong to ANY party?
            So why bother with ANY religion/church, then? If it’s demographically so limited, there’s not much it could have to say to modern society, is there?

          • greenmanTN

            I am FAR from the first person to notice that the GOP is mainly made up of old white people, so if you have a problem with that true statement take it up with the GOP. And on the way, buy some lube and go fuck yourself since you have your head so far up your ass your dick might as well be there too.

          • George Waite

            No, but it’s so obvious.
            And why notice the Republicans and not the Mainline churches? Or “progressive” Bernie’s Vermont, for that matter?
            Your true statement is true but why not mention the other all white groups?

          • greenmanTN

            Because I’m not a fucking idiot and camparing those things is like comparing apples to oranges. There are Southern Baptist congregations which are exclusively, or almost exclusively black. What does that have to do with the fucking price of tea in China, the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?

            Here’s one big difference. The vast majority of that black congregation are probably registered Democrats because they feel the GOP is hostile to their interests, and may have had some hand in measures to prevent them from even being able to VOTE!

          • George Waite

            You’ve lost the plot-and now my interest, too.

          • greenmanTN

            And you lost mine a long time ago…

          • JCF

            Just me, or does that look like Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lothbrok from “Vikings”)?

          • djcoastermark

            Uh ok yum. so shallow I know

      • TK

        Once Hillary is in office the news outlets will turn to Mr. Turd on a daily basis to critique her administration. They will delight in every single hateful thing he says play it endlessly to get people to watch or click.

        He’s not going anywhere.

        • Bruno

          Except jail. πŸ™‚

        • bzrd

          You’re right, no such thing as ones fifteen minutes anymore, palin.

          • cleos_mom

            Personally, I’d love being world-famous for 15 minutes, or 15 days, as long as the reason for the fame was positive or neutral. Being famous indefinitely would truly suck; being famous temporarily could be a hoot.

          • Mike__in_Houston

            Everybody on JMG keep your eyes peeled for a photo of Trump holding a Big Gulp…

        • greenmanTN

          Sucks, but it’s true.

        • fuzzybits

          Afraid to say he’s the stench that keeps on smelling.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        From your lips to FSM’s ears.

        Fareed Zakaria’s opening graphics this morning (I had it muted – he was teasing Russki emailgate) did not show Trump and Putin in an embrace, or any one of a thousand other creative moves made in the last week to show how they are fist-in-butt. I assume because THAT would be editorializing.

        Rather, FZ’ GPS did a 50/50 split screen, with stills of Trump and Putin on either side, each giving their most menacing faces. What does that say? Standoff. What’s actually happening? Sodomy. But they wouldn’t want to “make anything up” at good ol GPS.

        • Bruno

          Well, at least it’s being talked about and they’re being pictured side by side in some way. Dems have to figure out how to start nailing him on this. I think it’s the one major thing that should’ve been driven home more at the convention.

      • aagold76 .

        and- let’s hope she cuts off all ties with Ecuador until they turn Assagne over!

        • Cattleya1

          How come Assagne doesn’t have any hacked documents on the Donald? I think I smell a big, stinky, dead rat here.

          • David Hobson

            exactly- this isn’t concern for the world/journalism- this is a vendetta against Democrats- Obama and Hillary!

      • Todd Allis

        Agreed, but you’re letting him off a bit easy.

      • Robincho

        He’s pretty sure that “denigrated” is a good thing…

      • wmforr

        No, he’ll devote the next four years to trashing her and begging for attention. Now if the press would totally ignore him, that would be the easiest way to drive him to suicide.

    • JustSayin’

      Donald says ouch! They found oit i was born without a soul!!!! Help me father Satan and Uncle Adolph, help me!…..

    • sword

      They now have a Trump female Muslim surrogate giving excuses…Log Cabin Muslims?

    • Mike__in_Houston

      Yes. For Khan to be Trump’s Waterloo after his having been the Teflon candidate over the last months would be one of the great ironies of forever. I hope the media stays on this, since I doubt that the Democrats will.

    • stanhope

      It’s all just a bit too convenient…..like Bo Duke said to Doris…..”trust no one” which is why Doris died with a fortune and Barbara Woolworth died penniless. The richard got her LOL

  • bambinoitaliano

    Im sure Assange is such a justice seeker that this leak has nothing to do with washing off his rapey past to reclaim his reputation?

    • BearEyes

      he’s too much of a coward to face his accuser. Until then, his reputation is mud.

      • CharlestonDave

        Accusers.

        More than one woman involved, more than one encounter.

        And don’t forget, Assange was arrested in Britain and freed on bond. Which means he promised to show up in court. Which he didn’t do. Which is evidence of dishonesty.

        He also had his bond put up by supporters. They were forced to pay thousands of pounds apiece to cover that bond when Assange failed to show for court as he had promised. Which makes Assange someone who betrays his friends.

        Given that

        (a) there are accusations of rape from more than one woman, accusations that Assange refuses to address via the Swedish legal system;

        (b) there is evidence that Assange is dishonest; and

        (c) there is evidence that Assange betrays his friends;

        a fair-minded person could draw certain conclusions about Assange’s character.

  • HZ81

    β€œWhat I can say categorically is that we have published proof that the election campaign of Bernie Sanders was sabotaged in a corrupt manner by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others within the DNC,” Assange said. β€œWe can say that categorically.”

    Um, no. Once again, Wikileaks leaks are subject to interpretation. And if you have no political axe to grind, why are you making such a statement? A statement of opinion regarding the info you leaked. Just leak it.

  • RealityCheck2013

    No the leaked emails do NOT show Bernie was sabotaged by the DNC/ DWS. Strategies were discussed, but never implemented. In one email, a frustrated DWS calls the irritating Tad Devine an “ass” – which he is. Ooh so bad! Most of the emails were from May – after Bernie already lost. Assange, like Trump, has a tendency to over-state his case, and inflate his importance.

    • HZ81

      Yes, I’d also point out that the “ZOMG!” DNC emails were dated in May of this year.

    • Cara Rosenberg

      Assange is just as much a windbag as trump

      • cleos_mom

        And has as vainglorious a self-image.

      • charliebkk

        Plus, everyone seems to have forgotten that the reason he is holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy is that he is wanted on rape charges in his home country.

        • Dazzer

          Not quite. His home country is Australia. He’s wanted on sexual offences charges in Sweden.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          And that his beard is Wolf Blitzer creepy.

        • MaryOGrady

          I just hope the Ecuadorian Embassy staff is getting extra pay for the mental health hazard putting up with Assange entails.

    • Blake Jordan

      Some “employees” of the DNC that Sanders kept running ~2 months after it was clear he had lost the pledged delagates race!!!

    • Guest

      He’s a slimy slimebag. On a good day.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Strategies were discussed

      Butts were offered.

  • Ernest Endevor

    “…we can’t go around speculating on who our sources are. That would be irresponsible,” I see. That would be irresponsible.

    • Dramphooey

      Change the “bold” to “b.”

      • Lazycrockett

        Bold

        Yeah Party Time.

    • Beagle

      It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate.

  • S1AMER

    Get as personal in sabotaging Clinton as you want, Assange — just don’t pretend you’re pure and innocent in trying to get information out there, ’cause all the world can see your hypocrisy.

    • JustSayin’

      His actions are revenge for her calling him a terrorist and thief

      • karmanot

        Bull Shit

    • karmanot

      There’s no hypocrisy . The outrage by Hillary hairballs is almost comical and hypocrisy in high dungeon, because Wassermann-Schultyz got caught doing exactly what Sander’s claimed….sabotage and underhanded, slimy, tampering.

  • Lazycrockett

    OT Joy Reid will not take any of your shit. This is becoming must watch tv.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      She was overly argumentative with Steele last week on MSNBC, who pointed out that Trump HAS been playing to the whole country, and not just the GOP. Given political coverage, that was about as profound as saying “water is wet”, but it was still correct.

  • Martin

    UNREAL: Trump apparently not aware of Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-putin-ukraine-stephanopoulos-2016-7

    • Sam_Handwich

      his ignorance is even more frightening than his arrogance

      • Michael Rush

        His ignorance is multiplied by his arrogance , it’s exponential .

    • SoCalGal20

      Well, he doesn’t read. Or watch the news, apparently.

      • Adam King

        If it’s not in his twitter feed, it never happened.

      • Chucktech

        But he hears things… Tremendous things… He hears people saying things…

        • karmanot

          And a very respected person said so……….

        • tim870

          The best people

    • DaddyRay
    • Bruno

      Things are getting clearer by the day.

      • Martin

        I think he’s been teetoataling too much…

        • Bruno

          Along with the Adderall.

    • BearEyes

      maybe trumplthinskin needs to ask Manafort about his involvement in that invasion.

    • Blake Jordan

      He is woefully ignorant about everything, including business which is supposed to be his forte…

      The USA needs to rethink the rules for who can be president, because someone with such a clear lack of knowledge about everything should be ineligible!!!

      • SoCalGal20

        There really should be some minimum qualifications.

        • TuuxKabin

          Physically and psychologically.

    • JT

      Drumpf gets his international news from Putin.

      • Acronym Jim

        And Alex Jones.

    • MikeBx2

      There’s no way Trump will participate in more than one debate..

    • RemusL

      And when corrected by the interviewer, he immediately pivoted to speaking out of both sides of his mouth. Wow.

      • Bruno

        This is the type of TV that sunk Sarah Palin 8 years ago. I fear it will not do the same for tRump, mainly because he’s a dude.

  • Friday

    Uh, no, traitor, you can’t say that ‘categorically’ because that’s not even what the emails Russia provided you *contain.* You can pretend there’s some integrity about not revealing who you are letting use you, but you don’t get to try to spin and then reinterpret what your stolen emails (and whatever might have been inserted into them) even contain.

    • BearEyes

      (and whatever might have been inserted into them)
      and that’s where the DNC, etc. need to call him out to not only refute them, but also discredit him as unreliable and a manipulator.

      • Friday

        Well, it does appear that if anything *was* inserted or edited, it didn’t turn out to be much of a muchness, but the point there is Assange didn’t so much as hesitate or caution when dumping it all to interfere in American elections on Trump’s behalf.

        • unsavedheathen

          If Assange’s motivations in this are personal, his actions can only be seen as a swipe at Hillary and through her, at Obama. It is they who have kept him holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy lo these many years. If he’s pro-Trump, it is incidental to his feelings re: Clinton.

  • Adam King

    So Julian Assange has secrets he wants to keep, huh? Or maybe just private thoughts between him and his friends and contacts? Somebody needs to hack the hell out of Julian Assange and publish all the most potentially embarrassing bits of whatever they find.

    • houstonray

      Where’s “ANONYMOUS” when we need them most?

    • Well, Assange is in a prison of his own making, he is also being charged with rape. I don’t know how much embarrassing that can be.. Wikileaks is shell of its former self. Assange even pissed off his most fervent backers when he skipped his bail and all the people who put up money for his bail had it rescinded..

    • Halou

      I remember how he complained about that silly Julian Assange movie didn’t portray him in the way he wanted it to,as some kind of flawless crusader for truth and transparency. Like it’s fair that he doesn’t pay homage to America’s understandably biased perception of itself, but woe betide anyone who dares to view him in any way other than how he wants to be seen.

      He can’t take it when someone else creatively rearranges bits of the truth to present something that may not be wholly accurate.

  • HanyBaal

    Too bad Chelsea Manning has to suffer in jail while Assange is free to bloviate motivated only by ego and personal vendettas.

    • JustSayin’

      Manning is a traitor and deserves her life in prison.

      • Friday

        Frankly I don’t judge her so harshly there, anymore, it seems like she was actually in a seemingly-impossible position and made a dumb move, *partly* in fact from DADT and anti-trans policies leaving her without a sense of recourse to the chain of command. There still has to be a price to pay for her actions but I’m not accusing traitorous motives at this point.

        • JustSayin’

          Trying to pin her treason on DADT is trump level spin. She enlisted and swore allegiance to this country and our military efforts. She got a security clearance by lying on multiple issues not related to being gay or trans. Lied to her bosses. Lied to investigators. And STOLE military secrets and gave them to the data-terrorist assange.

          Millions of men and women served befor and during DADT, hundreds of thousands were gay or trans. Notice they are not conspiring to destroy our nation, then or now.

          • Friday

            I’m not saying she didn’t do the crime, I’m saying I don’t think she was motivated by *treason* or any of the usual motives for *that.* She was wrong, but the picture that’s actually developed is someone who found evidence of serious crimes that *hurt* our nation, not to mention innocent people, and because of the position the anti-LGBT policies put her in, didn’t think she could deal with it through proper channels.

            People can do crimes that they have to pay for without having to be some kind of evil villains.

          • George Waite

            And we don’t have a draft-she didn’t have to enlist.

      • Lazycrockett

        Which is fine, but I think her treatment in prison by officials has been harsh and abusive.

        • JustSayin’

          Well you can view it that way, but she was allowed to transition and I believe it is at taxpayer expense, so life is not that harsh no matter what her complaints are. She should be making little rocks out of big rocks IMO.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            I believe that “solitary for the remainder of her sentence” (35 years?) has been bandied about.

            No. Just, no.

          • SoCalGal20

            That’s torture, imo. We should be better than that.

          • Lazycrockett

            Officials have tried to block her transition and the medication she needs, only lawyers were able to get those done by court order.

          • karmanot

            Uh huh….and you are one of those mob trolls ready to throw the first rock…..pathetic.

        • SoCalGal20

          And now they want to punish her more for attempting suicide, which makes no sense. Also, solitary confinefinement, particularly for an indefinite or total length of her sentence is torture, imo, and shouldn’t be allowed.

          • TuuxKabin

            Arresting/punishing somebody for attempted suicide is horrible. They’re saying “we’re going to arrest you, punish you further for trying to kill yourself and give you more reason to be suicidal”. That’s the system.

          • SoCalGal20

            Right? It’s ridiculous.

      • karmanot

        Manning is an American heroine and a political prisoner.

  • PLAINTOM

    The self declared champion of transparency who decries decisions made behind closed doors demands secrecy for himself and his organization. What a hypocrite.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “We might reveal sources and methods!”

      Poor baby!

    • Cylux

      It used to be SOP for bog-standard journalists to keep their sources secret, especially whistle-blowers. Largely because once you demonstrate that you won’t protect your sources, you soon end up without any.
      Now however most just re-write copy from press releases.

  • JT

    Assange and Putin sitting in a tree
    K-I-S-S-I-N-G
    First comes love, then comes marriage,
    Then comes Drumpfkin in a baby carriage.

  • JustSayin’

    He is such a lying sack of shit

  • Lumpy Gaga

    He’d better hope any jury he faces has a more stringent definition of “proof”.

  • Michael Rush

    So much for transparency .

  • Quipster

    Assange, like Putin, benefits from unraveling Western alliances. Assange has not wanted to go to Sweden to face rape charges, as the Swedes will extradite him to the U.S. That risk is why he sought asylum and has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London the last four years.

    Putin was all in for Brexit, as was his pawn, Donald Trump. If/when the UK formally withdraws from the EU, Sweden’s EU arrest warrant for Assange is no longer binding in the UK, and Assange walks.

    No doubt Assange already has a deal in place with Trump that the U.S. will not pursue Assange if Trump is elected.

    • Halou

      I’ve just got to ask. If Assange is scared of Sweden receiving an extradition request from America why is he not just as afraid of the UK receiving such a request? It isn’t like the UK and US are at odds with each other.

      His “they’re going to send me to America” excuse is a crate full of horse manure, he just doesn’t want to take responsibility for breaking Swedish law.

      • Chucktech

        If Assange is in the Ecuador embassy, he’s legally and diplomatically in Ecuador, not the UK.

        • Octavio

          Ecuador should spirit him away to Guayaquil and let him loose in the streets. He wouldn’t last two days.

          • Lazycrockett

            Well as soon as he leaves the embassy he is on UK soil and will be snatched up.

          • George Waite

            Are you suggesting that Correa can’t run his own country properly?

          • Octavio

            I’m claiming that just about no one outside of Ecuador (except possibly folks in Peru) have a clue how dangerous Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city) really is and has been since the 1960s. You have to go there to really appreciate it.

          • George Waite

            The old “Littoral/Altiplano” divide?

        • Halou

          He was in London proper for some time before going to the Embassy, quite a long time in fact considering the speed at which an extradition request can be sent, received and acted upon.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            it takes time – it has to heard and then appealed.

      • Quipster

        I think other posters have answered this, but Assange’s fear of the UK honoring a US extradition request is what caused him to hide out in the Ecuadorian embassy. Diplomatic immunity prevents the UK from getting him, as the Ecuadorian embassy is legally Ecuadorian territory in the UK.

        • Ecuador also has an Extradition Treaty with the US, but they a probably won’t give up Assange until Correa is no longer in power..

        • Reality.Bites

          Despite this, the weather isn’t any better than the rest of London.

    • “Assange has not wanted to go to Sweden to face rape charges, as the Swedes will extradite him to the U.S.”

      The UK has stronger reciprocal treaties with the US than US and Sweden have, besides sharing the same style of legal system. If the US wanted to extradite Assange for the SIPRnet leaks, (aka Chelsea Manning leaks) or for whatever reason, it would had been easier from the UK.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        not necessarily. I have read that Sweden is less questioning. And the UK could find it politically embarrassing to deport on “freedom of information” grounds

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Catching up on Colbert.

    The most damning email of the whole drop??

    “Eat my butt.”

    • Bruno

      That was DWS talking about one of her completed cigarettes.

      • Lazycrockett

        I just find it so odd that people still smoke.

        • Bruno

          My hubby does. Nowhere near me. It drives me nuts, but I’m sympathetic because I quit 8 years ago.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          I find it distressing that young people continue to pick up the habit.

          • Bruno

            Gotta rebel against society and your parents and all this “personal health” mumbo jumbo.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Yeah, but even when I was an adolescent, there was a rather common attitude of, “Yeah, I’m not gonna sign up for THAT.”

        • cleos_mom

          People still drive recklessly, walk down city streets without looking because they’re absorbed in their stupidphones, look at the stats about the most common cause of death among adolescents and then give their offspring cars on the 16th birthday, even vote Republican.

          What’s so surprising?

        • Reality.Bites

          Crematoriums would go out of business if they didn’t.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Oh, but you’d be wrong. Colbert also revealed the smoking-gun reply:

        “CLAYTON!”

        • Lazycrockett

          Either the DNC is run by sarcastic gays or teenage boys.

        • grada3784

          But he was that man in the mask. Tonto said so.

  • Halou

    “No, it didn’t come from Russia”

    See, that wasn’t so hard. Why does Assange have such difficulty?

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT but very connected with this election season. Usually, I’d bet against a government shutdown but this has not been a normal season.

    “And some members will try to use the CR for purely election-related issues. For example, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has already suggested a shutdown might be appropriate if Hillary Clinton isn’t charged with something.

    I’m not suggesting that a shutdown this fall is likely…or at least I’m not suggesting that yet. And given that members of Congress typically protect their reelection prospects like they were the crown jewels, you have to assume that they will do anything – including avoiding a shutdown – to make their returning to Congress more likely.

    But at this date at the end of July, the possibility of a shutdown cannot be dismissed out of hand.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/stancollender/2016/07/31/how-can-the-gop-be-thinking-about-a-government-shutdown/#6f98ec804de0

    • Bruno

      That would be…risky on their part. The last couple of shutdowns have made the GOP VERY unpopular in polls.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Hopefully it’s just idle frustration talk because no shutdowns are painless. I’m used to a certain level of stupid but considering one of the reasons Ted Cruz is a total pariah with his own party was pushing for one, I don’t see who wants to be the next Ted Cruz.

        • Bruno

          ESPECIALLY if your reasoning for the shutdown is because your party’s opponent in the presidential race didn’t get unjustly indicted.

  • TK

    If the #berniebores and the #bernieorbust crowd have a head douche bag, Assange is their king.

  • GayOldLady

    I wouldn’t trust Julian Assange as far as I could pick him up and throw him. And Chuck Todd did MTP and the Nation a disservice in that interview. I watched it this morning and what he failed to ask Assange is WHY did you wait until three days before the DNC Convention to release these emails if it wasn’t intended to interfere in the election process. The emails weren’t recent. Most dated back to early 2016. What Todd also failed to do was press Assange on the FACT that there was no evidence of DNC collusion against Sanders, only staffers whose support for Hillary was apparent in work emails.

    Todd also interviewed Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his interview was timid and fearful. He allowed Manafort to put forth the narrative that it is the Clinton campaign that is pushing the narrative of the Russians involvement in hacking when it is actually the FBI and other intelligence agencies. Manafort also denied that the Trump campaign influenced the platform change that now says the U.S. will not arm the Ukraine to fight against Russian aggression. Well if not the TRUMP campaign WHO is the question Todd should have asked but Chuck Todd is the biggest Wuss on the Planet. I could do a better job moderating MTP than Todd.

    • Bruno

      If Assange were truly what he portrays himself to be, he would’ve released the emails and then made no comment about it. He says he won’t reveal his sources, OK, but he also shouldn’t be editorializing about the content if his motivations aren’t politically motivated. Put the information out and let the world decide, but he’s lost any claim to neutrality by going on this crusade.

      • GayOldLady

        Watching the interview it’s obvious that he is personally invested in hurting Hillary. Todd asked him to deny it was the Russians and he wouldn’t even do that saying that he would be “speculating”. WHAT?????? Even Todd caught that and asked him, if you know that’s not speculating, “do you know” or something to that effect. Someone need to snatch Assange out of his hiding place in the Ecuadorian Embassy and drag his ass back to France to let him stand trial for the rape of a minor. That low life pond scum.

        • Bruno

          It’s Sweden, but yeah, he should face his accuser. Lucky him he gets to hide out somewhere because he’s convinced the world that he’s being persecuted by the evil USA.

        • justmeeeee

          Jeezy peezy, get a grip. You sound like a right-wing rethug. Oh, and it was Sweden, not France, SeΓ±orita Cosa!

          Will you Hill-bots stop at nothing?

          • GayOldLady

            Ok, I hope Sweden nabs the disgusting piece of crap, extradites him and locks him up for rape!

          • GayOldLady

            “Will you Hill-bots stop at nothing?”

            Not until the pond scum called Assange is arrested and extradited. Will those of you who apologize for traitors stop at nothing?

        • Mihangel apYrs

          I can see no mention of “rape of a minor”

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11949341

          • GayOldLady

            Damn, I keep getting Assange confused with his boss by proxy, Donald Trump. Assange is JUST accused of PLAIN OLD rape.

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-bloom/why-the-new-child-rape-ca_b_10619944.html

          • Mihangel apYrs

            it’s a messy read, and so tied up with potential pressure on prosecutors, politics, etc it is difficult to sort out without a trial. Unfortunately Assange fears extradition to the USA, and Sweden won’t exclude that possibility . . .

          • GayOldLady

            And he fears extradition to the USA for good reason, he’s a saboteur. But that doesn’t preclude the real possibility that he is also guilty of rape.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            To your first point, the USA (like many other countries, inc UK) doesn’t have clean hands.

            To the second point, I agree, he might be guilty, and I would applaud a trial taking place. It’s just that if it were used to get him to a place to be extradited from that that would be an abuse

          • GayOldLady

            Please, the discussion isn’t about clean hands. Again no one is arguing that the USA is perfect, but it’s much superior, in every way, to Russia or China the 2 other Super Powers. Without the United State of America Russia would be wreaking havoc all over Eastern Europe. It’s clear that it is their intention and the only thing standing between Russia and it’s intentions is a U.S. led NATO. Sometimes I think Patton was right in his assessment that we should have taken out the Russians in 1945 after we finished off Germany.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            we disagree on this, not least
            1
            I consider the UK to be much superior to the USA in many ways

            2
            Patton was mad if he thought the USA could take out the USSR at that time – the world would have been recovering to this date!

          • GayOldLady

            1. Without the U.S. there would be no UK. Period

            2. Actually Patton, while a verbal loose cannon, was tactically a brilliant General. In case you’re not aware, the U.S. was supplying Russia in WWII during the time Russia was engaging Germany inside of Russia’s borders. The U.S. was literally their supply line because they were cut off from all other sources/resources. We supplied them with everything from food to weapons. And had the U.S. gone forward there is little doubt the U.S. and it’s allies, would have walked over Russia. At the great cost of blood and treasure undoubtedly.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            I happen to respect your opinion but will not argue with you over the respective roles of UK and USA during WWII, not least because it was not simplistic, with USSR playing a part as well (once the Joey/Adolf love tryst fell apart).

            I do you the courtesy of believing that you have read the history.

            Had Patten’s scheme come to fruition I believe we would still be picking up the pieces

          • GayOldLady

            “but will not argue with you over the respective roles of UK and USA during WWII”

            I’m not interested in arguing. There’s little doubt how WWII would have ended without the United States. The U.K. , though relentless, inspiring and determined, could not have defeated Germany without the United State and I don’t think you could point to one historian who believes otherwise. And never forget that the U.S. was the major financial player in rebuilding a devastated Western Europe after WWII in the Marshall Plan. Not only with money $12 Billion dollars ($120 Billion in today’s dollars) but other resources needed for rebuilding. 70 years shouldn’t cloud that memory.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            would the USA entered the war had it not been for Pearl Harbour? However, whatever the answer to that is, the US coming in fresh did help immeasurably, though USSR did lose more.

            One point though, the UK paid back every cent it was lent, with interest, and also supplied a lot of scientific research that helped the Manhattan project to deliver sooner.

            Pride in country should not subsume a pride in politicians and their works – too often WE pay for their stupidities, which is why I question all of them and their motives.

          • GayOldLady

            You are the 2nd person who’s confronted me over the good intentions of the U.S. in as many weeks. When aggression began in Western Europe, the U.S. was ALSO in the muck of the Great Depression. Many U.S. Citizens didn’t want the U.S. to enter the war, although we were assisting much of Western Europe with the resources necessary to fight Hitler’s aggression. Remember, in 1939 being a Continent away was an enormous logistical issue to overcome, so fighting in Western Europe wasn’t an easy economical or logistical decision for a Commander-in-Chief to make, especially while in the throes of a Depression. Pearl Harbor may have been the straw that broke the camels back, but we were already committed economically. Regardless, there is no doubt that the United States of America was the force that made defeating Hitler and the Axis possible. If you can find one historian that says otherwise, please share. And whatever initiates your fury at the U.S. please attempt to temper it with the realities of World History. This isn’t a perfect country, but as long as Super Power reality is what it is, America is the force that ensures freedom and stability in the world. Take the U.S. out of the mix and there would be hell to pay.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            I have tried to be polite and avoid confrontation. And reviewing my posts I don’t see fury, just disappointment that even on a liberal website there is still a feeling of “America, right or wrong”.

            I can remember the Vietnam war, and all the interventions since. And the slow disillusionment that developed as the truth about American exceptionalism that I’d absorbed in my childhood and youth was replaced by the reality that the USA was not what it made itself out to be (and as pushed in the UK as our friend). I have read the statement “America has no friends just enduring interests” – an articulation of truth. I have read how America destabilised Ukraine, leading to what followed. Etc. Etc.

            Whether USA’s intervention in WWII was definitive, or whether it shortened the European war cannot be proven – it did bring it to an end more quickly. Equally we cannot say what the impact of the war in the far east had on the UK, though the USA did seem to benefit massively at our expence.

            I take the USA for what it is – a nation with its own interests and a willingness to use underhand means to get them – better by far than Moscow or Beijing but not an altruist, and certainly not an indifferent force for stability (c.f. Afghanistan, Iraq . . .).

            It is certainly a friend as far as that goes, and a formal ally, which is why I hold it to standards I wouldn’t Putin et al – we always expect better from our friends than our enemies.

            Friends can criticise, sometimes strongly, without wanting to be enemies.

          • GayOldLady

            Like so many critics you only point to things the U.S. hasn’t done well, improperly handled, all of them issues that American’s are well aware of and have paid for in one way or the other. But what you haven’t done is say anything about what the U.S. has done and continues to do well, in many cases exceptionally well. You have no appreciation for the U.S. role in WWI or WWII, and no appreciation for 70 years of the U.S. ensuring Western Europe’s rebuilding, safety and freedom. So, I’m not even going to waste my time ticking off all of the examples of American Charity and Generosity all over the Globe, because that’s not the narrative you’ve chosen to focus on. The U.K. has a long history also of not particularly laudable decisions, in many, many cases hideous decisions, decisions that you might want to take some time to contemplate before you lay out your critique of a 240 year old country that by world standards is quite young. Since you’re obviously anti-American, I have no desire to continue this conversation. Good luck to you!

          • Mihangel apYrs

            Madame
            had you chosen to read my point without your prejudices in place you will have noted the sentiment of it – there are many things in your short history that throw the long history of the UK into a benevolent light, I suggest you review them.

            However, in view of your desire to terminate this conversation, may I request that you refrain from responding to any of my comments in future

          • GayOldLady

            Sir…..The history of the U.K./British Empire is one of war, domination and control. Even into the 1950’s British troops were fighting to hold onto India and parts of Africa. Perhaps you remember that the 1st war America fought was to break away from the British Empire and it’s system of dominance,control, extortion and taxation while reaping the harvest of the colonies and areas it controlled all over the world. It is why you are no longer an Empire and it is why the U.S. came to your defense in both WWI & WWII. Now I have admired the U.K. that has evolved in the 20th & 21st Century, warts and all, and I am grateful that most Brits are aware of their own past and appreciate their allies, even with their flaws. So my reminder of your past is no reflection on your countrymen and women, who I believe to be among the greatest people on earth. And may I remind you that it was you who began this interaction by replying to one of my posts so perhaps you can control your urges to put me in my place in the future. I can certainly resist initiating comments with you.

          • George Waite

            Celebrate your Cymric diversity!

    • TK

      I saw a few #bernieorbust people post on twitter that they are anxious for Aasange to release the rest of the DNC mails so Hillary will be disgraced and Bernie can step in.

      If Assange had any interest in Bernie becoming the Dem candidate he would have released all this stuff back during the primaries. He clearly wants Trump to win because it will please the Russians.

      • GayOldLady

        You’re absolutely right.

      • Todd20036

        It’s also nothing that will really do more than cause some of the Clinton haters to hate Clinton that much more.

        I blame Bernie for some of this actually. He kept priming his base by being certain that he could somehow magically win even after he was hundreds of delegates and millions of votes behind.

        • unsavedheathen

          I’m sure that if it rains on Clinton tomorrow it will be Sanders’ fault,

    • Ninja0980

      Chuck Todd isn’t fit to shine the late Tim Russert’s shoes.

      • Lazycrockett

        nor his turds.

  • geoffalnutt

    Doesn’t Assange have ties to Russia, anyway? I thought he wrote for one of their magazines. Can anyone confirm this?

    • Acronym Jim

      He had his own show on Russia Today.

      • Halou

        That is some weapons grade desperation and shamelessness on his part.

      • danolgb

        Yep.. one should ask why someone who claims to be for free-journalism has hooked up with state-owned media.

  • Ross

    β€œWhat I can say categorically is that we have published proof that the election campaign of Bernie Sanders was sabotaged in a corrupt manner by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others within the DNC,” Assange said.

    Oh?

    What proof?

    What proof?

    • justmeeeee

      Emails. Voicemails. Time to give up the Hill-bot-ism here. DWS and her cronies were busted; that’s all there is to it.

      • Ross

        Oh?

        What proof?

        What proof?

        • justmeeeee

          Mary, please.

          Here’s one quotation for you, but that’s all you’re gonna get from me, honey. I know that arguing with a fence-post is futile. Bye now:

          “It may make no difference but for KY and WA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Brad Marshall, CFO of the DNC, wrote in an email on May 5, 2016. “He had skated on having a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

          • TK

            LOL. And the suggestion was shot down. Great job meddling, DNC.

            If you and I are playing cards and we’re each suppose to get 5 cards and I request a 6th, to which you reply, “No, the rules say only 5” and I agree to not take a 6th, did I break a rule suggesting it? Was there a rule broken?

          • Ross

            Can you please explain how a suggestion by a staffer, which was vetoed, is proof that “the election campaign of Bernie Sanders was sabotaged in a corrupt manner by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others within the DNC?”

            Please.

          • KnownDonorDad

            Well, a suggestion was made, therefore the entire primary was rigged! #NeverHillary! I don’t care if Trump wins! SQUAWK, SQUAWK!

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “Eat my butt.”

  • joe ho

    Trump/Putin 2016

  • DaddyRay

    Ugh – Cenk Uygur on This Week projecting Trump winning and then criticizing the Democratic Party for selecting Hilllary because she is the ultimate establishment candidate

    I just lost all respect for Cenk

    • Sam_Handwich

      he’s always been a big baby.

      • DaddyRay

        apparently

    • Bruno

      Not surprised. Keep in mind he was a college Republican. The guy likes the sound of his own voice. He’s a posturer and a purist. Maybe he’ll come around in a bit when the butthurt fades, maybe not. But he, like the other NaderBots, is doing damage to Hillary’s chances of defeating tRump every day, and therefore doing damage to this country.

      • Ninja0980

        He’s also a denier of the Armenian Genocide, another knock against him.

      • KnownDonorDad

        He’s no fan of Trump, though – I think it’s safe to say that whatever criticism of Clinton he’s made pales in comparison to what he’s said about Trump.

        • Bruno

          Of course. But that’s why it makes his ridiculousness about Hillary even more ridiculous. He should be focussing on tRump and tamp down the anti-Hillary stuff, because ELECTIONS ARE ABOUT OUTCOMES. They are not about any individual’s butthurt over a lost primary or their purity test. If Cenk wants tRump to win, then he should keep going in on Hillary.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i’m trying to figure out why a foreign enemy of our democracy is given air time on MTP

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Judith Miller on again?

  • goofy_joe

    Where is the Wikileaks on Trump? Certainly he is more of a threat to people like Assange than the Democrats.

    • 2patricius2

      Same way with Snowden. Ensconced in Russia, silent on Putin.

      Whatever good these two individuals may have done in the past by some of their revelations, they are silent about Putin’s control of Russian control of the press now.

      • goofy_joe

        It’s true, Putin and others most likely, are using these two for their own personal gain. Either Assange and Snowden are in on the scheme, or they are too stupid to know they are being played. I’m thinking it’s the former.

        • Bruno

          I think Snowden is being played, Assange doesn’t care.

          • Halou

            Snowden is probably well aware that he is being played but can’t do anything about it. The Kremlin pays his rent, feeds him and covers his every expense and that kindness has a cost. If he goes off script even slightly he boards the next flight to Washington and he knows it.

            Odd really, I can’t feel any sympathy for him.

          • George Waite

            Some sympathy for Snowden, who’s so obviously in a gilded cage.
            Assange just strikes me as too narcissistic, even for someone in a profession notorious for attracting the self-absorbed and socially inept.

      • Halou

        Yes and no. Snowden has posted a few approved tweets on the subject of Russia’s ever expanding surveillance state, though they seem to be remarkably short on condemnation and seem to regard the violation of the civil liberties and rights of Russian people as something of a curiosity rather than an actual threat.

        The mass surveillance of millions of innocent people by the Russian government is merely “risky”. Not inherently wrong or dangerous, just a few little problems here and there that could arise if handled incorrectly, and nowhere does he call for Russia to actually avoid returning to dictatorship.
        Contrast to his behavior when America committed a lesser sin…

  • 2patricius2

    Assange is an Australian citizen isn’t he? So in this case, we have Russians and an Australian trying to interfere in American elections. Nice.

    • goofy_joe

      Assange is an anarchist, and won’t be happy until all governments fall. Chaos is an easy thing to strive for when you’re apparently wealthy enough to rise above.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It seems to be a tradition of foreign-born people not getting anywhere in their home country and peddling their ideas over here: Rupert Murdoch, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, and so on.

  • DaddyRay
    • Bruno

      hiLIARy! Corporate moll! Raises her arms in public! /s

    • RemusL

      I made the mistake of checking out the responses to this tweet. Twitter really *IS* the cesspool of humanity in many ways.

      • KnownDonorDad

        Worse than YouTube or Yahoo? If so, wow, I’d better not look.

        • Christopher Smith

          Actually yes–even more Neanderthal than youtube. yahoo, being completely passe and dead, lol, has improved slightly in the comments department. I never look at twitter for exactly this reason.

      • greenmanTN

        Yup,reading the comments at many places is a good way to fuck up your day! That’s why I appreciate the commenters at JMG so much and look forward to reading what you have to say (with obvious exceptions). You guys rock!

  • Lazycrockett

    OT So basically MSNBC is reporting that Drumpf is NOT going to pivot and concentrate on getting out the uneducated white working class men in PA., OH, NC. and FL.

    • Bruno

      Hell, I could’ve reported that as soon as he announced his candidacy.

    • Ninja0980

      I wonder if he realizes that with the voter id law gone in NC, everyone not in that group can now freely vote against his butt.

  • bryan

    o/t The NY Post have published photos from Melania Trump’s ‘modelling’ career : Donald Trump should stop being politically correct and tell it as it is : Melania Trump was a soft porn model. She is also a plagiarist, who lied about having a degree.

    http://nypost.com/2016/07/30/melania-trump-like-youve-never-seen-her-before/

    • greenmanTN

      My but this schadenfreude is delicious! This is the 3rd wife of our current “family values” Presidential candidate! LOL!

      Hey Evangelicals, this is YOUR candidate’s wife! Modest and Godly, isn’t she?

      I’m not a prude or a saint, but I’m also not the one claiming the moral high ground here, so fuck ’em! 😁

    • KnownDonorDad

      Awright.

    • Octavio

      Those high heels . . . does wearing them make it easier to do a reverse cowboy?

    • CharlestonDave

      Evidently her sins have been washed away by the Holy Spooge of Trump.

  • JIM W

    Of course he refuses to say anything. He has nowhere else in the world to go for sanctuary.

  • Richard B

    Julian Assange seems hell bent on ensuring that he will be looking over his shoulders and never be free to walk the streets for the rest of his life.

  • Trans Batwoman ;)

    Look at that, an organization espousing the virtues of transparency is shady as fuck, who woulda thunk it?!?

  • NO MORE GOP!

    Of course he refuses to be transparent. He’s not about to screw up any potential havens at this point… because his choices are narrowing. Plus Russians play rough… polonium poisoning and such. I’ve lost any regard I might once have had for him, as he is not about transparency on everything: just the things where he can get some payback. Fairly sure his days of relative freedom are numbered.

    • greenmanTN

      Ah, yes, polonium…. Not only will Trump be orange but he’ll glow in the dark!

  • Ninja0980

    Assange has already admitted he is doing this because of a personal grudge and nothing more then that.
    How anyone can view him as a hero or anything else at this point is beyond me.
    Then again, given his history, I wonder how anyone viewed him as a hero to start with.

  • chasmader

    Putin’s fool

  • aagold76 .

    ask Assagne where the Republican leaks are- this is a vendetta against Hillary- not journalism!

  • DaddyRay
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    What’s lost in all the discussion is the fact that, apparently, no one is hacking the RNC. Further, if the RNC were hacked, Assange would probably not leak any of them. These two considerations can’t be ignored. So the question is, why only the DNC? Therein lies the real scandal.

    • George Waite

      What on Earth could be hacked out of the Republican National Convention worse or more embarrassing than what was on live TV?
      Does Assange have emails and pics with Pat Robertson covered in lube and Jello in bed with Falwell’s corpse?

  • danolgb

    Remember, boys and girls, he contributes to Russia Today which is owned and operated by the Russian government.

  • sword

    Assange has admitted that he hates Hillary with a passion. He will do and use anything he can to destroy her. Too bad the NSA is not allowed to release emails between Assange and the Russians. Would be fascinating reading.

  • Mark

    Julian, butt the fuck OUT!

  • Mihangel apYrs

    having read through this thread, I ask myself what the response would have been had Trump been the “target”?

    I would ask people to reflect seriously whether the anti-Assange stances would have been taken?

    • Tigernan Quinn

      Nice enabling you’re doing there, but the difference is that Trump would have had actual things.

      • Bruno

        And perhaps if he had targeted tRump as well, he wouldn’t have been accused of one-sidedly attempting to mess with a US election because of his own personal grievances.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        avoiding the question. And HRC isn’t snow white.

        • unsavedheathen

          It’s an excellent question and one that I doubt will be answered seriously. Self-awareness is not a big thing here lately.

  • Avenger280

    Calling him a greasy rapey fuckweasle is being too nice.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    No, Mr. Assange – what you have done is stolen material and constructed a narrative that YOU wanted to put out there. I’ve read the hacked emails. They show nothing of the sort that you’re saying.

  • billbear1961

    It would be irresponsible, you say? You mean like . . .

    WikiLeaks Put Women in Turkey in Danger, for No Reason

    We are talking about millions of women whose private, personal information has been dumped into the world, with nary an outcry. Their addresses are out there for every stalker, ex-partner, disapproving relative or random crazy to peruse as they wish. And let’s remember that, every year in Turkey, hundreds of women are murdered, most often by current or ex-husbands or boyfriends, and thousands of women leave their homes or go into hiding, seeking safety.

    In addition to the databases of personal information, remember that WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens’ emails from large mailing lists devoted to sharing news and updates, sometimes containing private information, which are misrepresented on WikiLeaks’ own site as β€œAKP Emails.” As far as I know, WikiLeaks has not said a word about this misrepresentation.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zeynep-tufekci/wikileaks-erdogan-emails_b_11158792.html

    You are trying to put the SOVEREIGNTY of the United States into the hands of a fascist JACKASS who, with his henchmen, intends to, in effect, GUT the Constitution and drag this country back FIFTY YEARS or FURTHER to a time when the civil rights of MILLIONS were routinely VIOLATED by government!!

    As a willing pawn of the Russians, who are trying to help a candidate up to his neck in HOCK to Russian capital, one already working for Putin even BEFORE the election (undermining our relationship with our allies, calling upon the Kremlin to launch CYBERATTACKS on his OWN country, which they have DONE), you are attempting to win the PRESIDENCY for a dangerous, racist, totally unfit THUG, a hateful, unhinged SWINDLER, who would place the security of this country and of this WORLD in deadly PERIL!!

    And you do it out of SPITE! Your actions are part of a VENDETTA against someone you HATE, nothing else; and you have the GALL to try to pass it off as a VIRTUOUS act, the act of a man of PRINCIPLES!!

    The DNC expressed, among themselves, a preference for one candidate over another, but did NOTHING to interfere with ANY candidate’s actions or rallies, NOTHING to stop ANYONE from voting their CONSCIENCE, nothing to interfere with vote tallies!!

    WHERE was your concern over the RNC’s actions?! Why was only ONE party targeted for surveillance?!

    You are a vindictive FRAUD with delusions of GRANDEUR, a hypocrite like ALL self-righteous PRICKS, who, out of SPITE, out of desire for personal REVENGE, is playing with the safety of the WORLD!!

    I will not question any action our President takes to DEAL WITH YOU.

    You are, quite literally, a THREAT to modern CIVILIZATION!!

  • Stubenville

    “…that would be irresponsible”; news flash; everything you do is irresponsible.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Silence speaks volumes.

  • Cherry

    Maybe Wikileaks should penetrate the IRS and get ahold of Trump’s tax returns.

    So Trump is being audited for one year. That means he can release others years.

    • Ross

      Trump can release all years.

      Being audited does not prevent that.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Shouldn’t the government giving him shelter withdraw their shelter because he’s doing crap while under their protection?

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    He is a CIA drone.

  • Jack Thomas

    I heard Wikileaks is planning to release more emails. It’ll probably be when Hillary destroys Trump in their first debate (assuming he even shows up).

  • Marides48

    He won’t tell his source of these documents, but how do we know that they are authentic & not altered in any way?

  • grada3784

    Seems like Assange and Wijileaks have as much to hide as the politicians do.

    • David From Canada

      Exactly!

  • sword

    Assange: “We can’t say who our sources are” ..but we readily reveal sources we hate.

  • Craig Collins

    C’mon Joe. You don’t need to use a yellow loaded headline. Say it like it is: Assange maintains security of sources on email leaks, as Wikileaks has always.

    • unsavedheathen

      Thank you.

    • Ross

      May I restate the following?

      Assange said: β€œWhat I can say categorically is that we have published proof that the election campaign of Bernie Sanders was sabotaged in a corrupt manner by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others within the DNC.”

      Yet he has no such proof. None. Zero.

      The man IS A LIAR.

      So, I am with Joe. And FUCK Assange.

  • RLK2

    Time to hack the RNC and Trump’s campaign. What is Anonymous waiting for?!

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      I suspect they’re all Bernie Bros.

      • George Waite

        I’m guessing they’re still Feeling the Chafe!!

  • saucetin

    I really like his putrid, nicotine-stained hair.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I forgot why I came here in the first place. Julian Assange: another of those sublimely slappable faces…

  • Max_1

    The under-discussed is the Snowden – ASSange war on ‘how to’ leek info…
    https://twitter.com/JesselynRadack/status/758606293217214464

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  • Joshe Wales

    Was paid 50 bucks and hour to attend DNC. No idea who payment was from !

  • Robincho

    OK, it’s been said the Drumpf’s hair resembles “piss-colored cotton candy.” How, then, should we be referring tonsorially to Assang(ina) here?…

  • SFHarry

    Let me get this straight, Assange doesn’t think he should have to reveal private information affecting our political system. He finds it offensive that we think he should be transparent with information and sources. I guess he’s a person with a great deal of power who doesn’t want to reveal his private information that will help keep him in power. Now why would this situation seem familiar? Maybe we need a leak to leak his Wikileak.

  • leastyebejudged

    Everybody here be all like covering their ears and going “la la la la la la la”

    You don’t get to claim the high road while ignoring the corruption in your own house.

    And when you outright deny that corruption even exists, you deserve to be compared with the GOP – because you’re just like them.

  • Xuuths

    Suddenly he’s a champion of security? Ooh the irony.

  • wmforr

    Julian, you are a self-righteous hypocrite.

    If you want to do the world a service, hack Trump’s e-mail and his tax returns.