WikiLeaks’ ‘October Surprise’ a flop . No Clinton revelations revealed


CLINTON VICTORY SPEECHThe expectations were breathless.

For weeks, backers of Republican nominee Donald Trump have hyped the tantalising possibility that the anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks was on the verge of publishing a set of documents that would doom Hillary Clinton’s chances in November.

“@HillaryClinton is done,” longtime Trump associate Roger Stone tweeted on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time).

The group’s founder, Julian Assange, did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm, suggesting to Fox News hosts that his scoops could upend the race with documents “associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles, some quite interesting.”

But if an October surprise about the Democratic nominee really is coming, it will have to wait a little longer.

Over the course of two hours on Tuesday – with the world’s media and bleary-eyed Trump diehards across the United States tuning in – Assange and other WikiLeaks officials railed against “neo-McCarthyist hysteria,” blasted the mainstream press, appealed for donations and plugged their books (“40 per cent off!”).

But what they didn’t do was provide any new information about Clinton – or about anything else, really.

The much-vaunted press conference, as it turned out, was little more than an extended infomercial for WikiLeaks on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its founding.

Assange, whose group released a trove of hacked Democratic National Committee documents on the eve of the party’s convention this summer, breezily dismissed the idea that anyone should have expected any news at his news conference.

“If we are going to make a major publication about the US, we wouldn’t do it at 3am,” Assange said at one point, referring to the Eastern daylight start time for the event.

That didn’t go over well with Trump backers who had stayed up through the night, thinking they’d be watching live the unveiling of the death blow to the Clinton campaign.

Assange, as it turns out, had taken a page from Trump’s own playbook by drawing an audience with a tease, only to leave those tuning in feeling that they’d been tricked.

InfoWars, the pro-Trump and virulently anti-Clinton media vehicle launched by Texas radio host Alex Jones, had touted the WikiLeaks press conference as “historic” and promised that “the Clintons will be devastated.”

Before Assange took the stage, Jones – who broadcast through the wee hours of the American morning – told viewers and listeners he was so excited he was worried his heart couldn’t stand it.

But by the end, Jones realised he’d been played – or in his words, “#wikirolled”.

He wasn’t the only one. Sleep-deprived Trump backers and Hillary-haters all across the country took to Twitter to convey their displeasure.

But perhaps those waiting for an October surprise shouldn’t lose all hope just yet. Or at least, that was the message from Assange, who spoke via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he’s been holed up for the past four years as Swedish authorities seek his extradition on sexual assault charges.

He promised to reveal documents every week for the next 10. He said some will have a direct bearing on the US election.

“We think they’re significant,” he coyly informed his worldwide audience.

But what will they reveal? And when will they come? Assange wouldn’t say.

The Washington Post



19 responses to “WikiLeaks’ ‘October Surprise’ a flop . No Clinton revelations revealed”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Sound of Wiki-Wookies chuckling in background.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      It will before November 8..

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        First part, Octobre 8 part, will continue till November 8.

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Israeli Ambassador @AmbDermer tells Clinton camp his govt will portray American college students as terrorists.

      1. Rudy1947 Avatar

        “They will shortly expose the funding base for the main BDS group on campus, Students for Justice in Palestine, which tie it with terrorist funding. ”

        Those are the American College students you refer to. The Canadian versions are Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), or Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR). Your portray is not all American college students, but you seem to some Canadian college students involved as well. Are you involved?

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

 To: Date: 2015-07-02 21:08

          Subject: Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer–NOT FOR CIRCULATION

          1. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Do we email Ron Dermer for the content?

            BTW, you never answered if you were involved.

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Why? Ron Dermer in Wikileaks said they were not for circulation.

          3. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Well you seem to know something about the content, where’s the link. Your first try failed miserably, try again.

          4. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Find them yourself.

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          “although they are officially anti-BDS, they actively lobby against Israeli positions supported by a democratically elected government in Israel, and are constantly critical of Israel, rather than the Palestinians. By lobbying Congress and the Administration against Israeli positions they are “denying Israel’s right to self-determination.” They are lobbying to change what the popularly elected government of Israel supports.”
          The ‘popularly elected government’ there is a coalition of a few ‘parties’ who do not ‘win’ (and cannot) an overall popular election individually.
          So what’s popular?? How do you gage the ‘democracy’ of that?

          1. Rudy1947 Avatar

            My statement to Hind referred to the labeling of all American students as terrorists.
            As far as Israel’s gov’t, I believe it’s current status is not unprecedented and has occurred throughout the world’s Parliamentary gov’ts.

        3. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Some of us just get involved when reading the package labels … 😉

  2. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    YaLibnan became MSM filtered mouthpiece, i’m losing sided bias news is for children, how adults can live fed with illusions and lies?

    Example: October 9- “Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits Yemen funeral, kills 82”

    World News Reuters: Octobre 9- “Saudi-led attacks on Yemeni capital resume,13 killed, residents say”
    No Funeral mentioned, they show a factory.

  3. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    “Wikileaks Octobre surprise a flop no Clinton revelations revealed” ??
    Stop looking foolish discrediting your name relying on MSM YaLibnan

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        Filth rich SA bombing funeral factories hospitals historical sites (Saudi has non), of the poorest country, 50% of the people suffer from malnutrition, now outbreak of cholera- with the support
        of Israel of course, i’m disgusted YaLibnan publish sectarian inflammatory and coalition news. I will come visit sometimes.

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