A new “exclusive” report from CNN claims it can prove that WikiLeaks’ Assange worked with Russians, “world-class hackers,” and even RT, to meddle in the 2016 election—yet it uses debunked claims and cites anonymous documents that aren’t included in the hit piece.
One of the most notable things about this report is that we never get to see the actual report. CNN accuses Assange of turning the Ecuadorian Embassy into “a command post for election meddling” but expects its viewers to rely on anonymous sources.
The write-up from CNN cites “stunning details” that come from hundreds of surveillance reports compiled for the Ecuadorian government by UC Global, a private Spanish security company.
CNN claims the report tells this story of Assange, RT, Russian nationals, and “world class” hackers working together, but it doesn’t provide any actual proof, and it leaves a lot of questions about the security company behind this report.
In this hit piece, CNN also claims Assange had ties to RT because they say senior staffers from RT were seen visiting him in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The report also claims RT “breathlessly amplified” the files published by WikiLeaks on social media, and that RT had advanced knowledge of when WikiLeaks would publish files—even though those claims have been debunked multiple times.
Do you know who else visited Assange and reported on the leaks he published? CNN!
In December 2010, CNN did a report titled “Who is Julian Assange?” in which they showed the footage of US Military members murdering civilians and journalists, and then laughing about it, and they then interviewed Assange about the footage.
So back in 2010, many Americans may not have known who Assange was, but CNN helped introduce him to the public. And they continued to give him a platform with several interviews over the years. Many of which were one-on-one interviews that took place in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, like this one from 2012.
So it’s interesting to see this latest report from CNN claiming that because RT had any contact with Assange, or shared the leaks he published online, that RT is guilty of colluding with Assange to hack an election.
Now we see CNN and its mainstream media partners trying to diminish WikiLeaks’ credibility. But in the past, they have used the information published by WikiLeaks when it benefitted them.
One of the most classic examples was in 2016 when Fox News used emails published by WikiLeaks to go after former DNC Chair Donna Brazile. At the time, Donna Brazile was a CNN contributor and emails alleged that she favored Hillary Clinton by giving her a debate question ahead of time. Ironically, Fox News expects its viewers to have forgotten about that scandal, because Brazile is now a contributor for—Fox News.
The timing of this is still notable because it comes at a time when Assange is still facing extradition to the United States where he could face the death penalty, and CNN is once again attacking his credibility, but bringing in one of their favorite topics—Russiagate