WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Wanted to be Australian Ambassador to the US: Reports
WikiLeaks wanted Donald Trump to heap praise on Julian Assange in order to pressure Australia to “stop ingratiating itself” with Hillary Clinton, according to private Twitter messages made public by the US President Donald Trump’s son.
Donald Trump Jr. Tweeted images of private direct messages between himself and the WikiLeaks Twitter account in response to an earlier report.
The Secret Correspondence between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks, the transparency organization asked the president’s son for his cooperation—in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s Ambassador to the United States.
“Among the messages was a request for the US President to suggest that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be made Australian ambassador to the US.
According to the text of the message released by Mr. Trump Jr., WikiLeaks wrote:
Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017
“In relation to Mr. Julian Assange: Obama/Clinton placed pressure on Sweden, UK, and Australia (his home country) to illicitly go after Mr. Julian Assange. It would be really easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Julian Assange Ambassador to the [Washington,] DC.”
The WikiLeaks Twitter account then suggests how the then president-elect could announce the move:
“‘That’s a real smart tough guy and the most famous Australian [sic] you have!’ or something similar,” WikiLeaks wrote.
“They won’t do it but it will send the right signals to Australia, UK + Sweden to start following the law and stop bending it to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons.”
Mr. Trump Jr. said he did not respond to the messages, but 'The Atlantic' report does detail other instances where he interacted with the WikiLeaks Twitter account going back to September 20, 2016.
The website said the messages had been turned over to the congressional lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Lawyers for Mr. Trump Jr. said he had worked cooperatively with the investigators and “any questions rose” had been “easily answered in the appropriate forum”.
Mr. Julian Assange tweeted that he “cannot confirm” the details of the messages, but accused 'The Atlantic' of taking them out of context.
Hillary Clinton said last month that Mr. Julian Assange was a “Tool of Russian Intelligence”. Hillary Clinton says that Julian Assange colluded with Russia to help Donald Trump Win the US Election.
Hillary Clinton has attacked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, labeling him “a tool of Russian intelligence” who is doing the bidding of “dictator” Vladimir Putin. “Julian Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” Hilary Clinton said. “WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence.”
Mr. Julian Assange responded to the allegations by tweeting there was “something wrong” with Ms. Hilary Clinton. “It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement,” he said. “Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely saw.”
I cannot confirm the alleged DM's from @DonaldJTrumpJr to @WikiLeaks. @WikiLeaks does not keep such records and the Atlantic's presentation is edited and clearly does not have the full context. However, even those published by the Atlantic show that: 1/— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) November 13, 2017