Thanks to an extradition request from the United States, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by UK authorities in London. At first glance, it’s too difficult to determine what this means, as it could have stemmed from William Barr as an effort to silence Assange about Trump-Russia, or it could have been a direct result of the DOJ working around Barr in order to get to Assange to see if it could get some answers regarding the alleged scandal.
Regardless, Donald Trump was given the opportunity to speak to a pool of reporters on the matter, and his comments were interesting to say the least, especially considering they contradicted comments he made just weeks before the 2016 election.
"I know nothing about WikiLeaks," Pres. Trump told @KarenTravers today. "It's not my thing."
But on the campaign trail in 2016, then-candidate Trump praised the organization as a "treasure trove," telling one crowd, "I love WikiLeaks!" Watch: https://t.co/wJjCerP0GC pic.twitter.com/6akBqXj5gR
— ABC News (@ABC) April 11, 2019
“I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing, and I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange,” Trump said about the Assange arrest. “I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange.”
However, it appears Donald Trump completely forgot about the tweet he posted prior to the 2016 election, attacking the Clinton campaign while defending WikiLeaks as a legitimate intel source:
“Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!” he wrote.
Then, days later, he tweeted that “WikiLeaks proves even the Clinton campaign knew Crooked mishandled classified info, but no one gets charged? RIGGED!”
And let’s not forget about his comments at a political rally, where he said “oh, we love WikiLeaks.”
So what gives? Why the sudden change of heart? Seems awfully convenient if you ask me. When the election was at stake and Julian Assange and WikiLeaks were working to rig it in his favor, he had no problem praising them with each opportunity he was given to do so. But now, with his own DOJ arresting Assange a criminal, we’re expected to believe he knows nothing about them? Seriously? Has the man lost his mind?
Yes. Yes, he has.