Since well before the election, there was a nagging suspicion that the darlings of the anti-Hillary hard left, Julian Assange and Wikileaks, were not all that progressive. It started to feel like they were working very hard to tilt the election towards Donald Trump explicitly on behalf of Russia, one of the most violent and repressive regimes in Europe. Once it confirmed that Russia had, in fact, used Wikileaks to attack the United States and undermine our electoral system, Assange flew into a rage, wailing about "fake news."
But now here we are, in the middle of a rapidly growing scandal involving a disturbingly large number of people in Trump's administration having a great deal of contact with the Russians before and after the election. And how does Wikileaks respond to this? By undermining the CIA with leaks that "suggest" they might have faked the Russian connections.
The site leaked a trove of purported CIA hacking tools this week and zeroed in on what it called the agency’s effort to “misdirect attribution” of cyber attacks to other nations, including Russia.
Fake accounts on Twitter seized on the claim to dispute that Russia sought to interfere in the U.S. election last year, noted Ryan Kalember, senior vice president for cybersecurity strategy at Proofpoint. He described the WikiLeaks release as playing into a larger “disinformation campaign” aimed at undermining the intelligence community’s attribution of cyber attacks, particularly those to Russia.
You can already hear the chorus of "Aha!" coming the useful idiots on the hard left that are still in denial about how they got played. Confirmation bias is a wonderful thing. Ignore all of the proven and admitted meetings between Russians and people in Trump's administration, the CIA is part of the "Deep State" and they're just mad about Hillary losing the election. Or something. It doesn't have to make any sense as long as it allows them to ignore the disastrous mistake they made in voting for Jill Stein or not voting at all. I haven't checked yet, but I imagine Glenn Greenwald is having seizures of joy.
At the same time this was going on, Assange, still a darling to the anti-Hillary hard left, posted this on Twitter:
Translation? "The New York Times is putting too much effort into digging up dirt on Trump's Russian connections. Stop talking to them and don't trust them." What will it take for Wikileaks to be discredited in the eyes of its ardent progressive supporters? A video of Assange giving Putin a handy while singing the Russian national anthem?
At this point, Wikileaks is so obviously in Putin's pocket, they should be ending every data dump with "From Russia With Love." It's time to find a new anti-establishment hero, people.