Well, after watching the Wikileaks press conference live, nothing of anything particularly noteworthy happened. No such “October Surprise” was revealed. Needless to say many inside the conservative, pro-Trump side are disappointed, outraged and feel let down by the Wikileaks founder’s 20 minutes of babble about nothing important in particular preceded by a self congratulating pat on the back about the organisation’s being in business for 10 years with a number of infomercials about Assange’s new books thrown in to top it all off.
A very disappointed InfoWars (Alex Jones Show) news team posted on their website “Julian Assange lets the world down with his epic trolling event.”
Personally, I was a little surprised by the train wreck outcome but as I saw some clues that pointed to a “no show” very early on in the press conference, and thus knew what to sort of expect, I was not as devastated or disappointed as other commentators, journalists and reporters in the conservative side were. Nonetheless I think Assange has certainly trolled the world.
Here’s some things I noted down. Firstly, Assange has long threatened to release documents on Clinton and last month repeated his claim that WikiLeaks has damaging information on the Democratic presidential candidate. But he never actually promised to do an “October Surprise” today which is why he failed to make good on that claim. Instead, he simply stated that the forthcoming documents related to Google, military operations, arms trading and mass surveillance would be released every week until the US Presidential Election on 8th October. Now he’s saying they’ll be released before the end of the year. The US presidential election is only 34 days away and this is simply not good enough.
Secondly, the allegations surrounding the notion that Assange was revealing data Wednesday that could be a bombshell to Hillary Clinton and spell the end of her 2016 campaign partly came from blown-out-of-proportion hype by the media sparked by Donald Trump’s adviser Roger Stone who stated in an ominous tweet on Twitter that seemed to indicate that on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton would be done.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 2, 2016
Thirdly, I think Assange simply chickened out of revealing anything indicting today due to serious concerns for his security (which was the reason why he cancelled plans to do the “surprise” announcement from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London).
When asked outright by a journalist in the room if the future publications were likely to spell the end of the Hillary Clinton campaign in the United States, Assange sheepishly admitted “There’s been a lot of misquoting of me and Wikileaks publications.”
He also mockingly stated that if Wikileaks were going to leak a major publication in relation to the United State at a particular hour, they wouldn’t do it at 3 am. Well why say that after contributing, in a large part to this “enormous expectation” created in the US and causing everyone at that hour to wake up just to hear nothing but infomercials and useless waffle?
Up until this point, I was a fan of Assange but I feel, like many others, that he’s basically left everyone with cold soup. I think that’s just shameful.
But as blogger Matt Walsh tweeted, “We don’t need new Wikileaks documents. If you aren’t convinced by now that Hillary is a crook, you’ll never be convinced.” Matt’s certainly right on the money there. However, it would have been very fascinating to know just exactly what this “bombshell” was that could spell “game over” for Hillary.
We don’t need new Wikileaks documents. If you aren’t convinced by now that Hillary is a crook, you’ll never be convinced
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 4, 2016