July 25, 2016
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on “Democracy Now” this morning, referring to the Democratic National Committee’s engaging in “naked conspiracies against Bernie Sanders — trying to present Sanders as an atheist … covertly get into media anti Bernie Sanders stories.” Assange stated that the emails exposed more than just anti-Sanders rhetoric, but “instructions from the DNC … [including] calling up MSNBC in the middle of a program saying pull that segment now.'”
On Friday, WikiLeaks released the “DNC Email Archive.”
Referring to DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepping down from that position and then Hillary Clinton naming her chair of Clinton’s own campaign, Assange said the message was “If you act in a corrupt way that benefits Hillary Clinton, you will be rewarded.”
Interim DNC chair, Donna Brazile claimed someone had “stolen” the DNC’s “intellectual property. … I want to learn what is behind all of this, because more emails are coming.”
Responding to allegations that the Russian government was responsible for the DNC email exposure, Glenn Greenwald is tweeting: “DNC explicitly said its strategy would be to highlight Russia claim so as to obfuscate content of revelations. … It would be serious if Russian Govt were responsible for this hack. But that needs *evidence.”
ADAM JOHNSON, ahubbardjohnson[at]gmail.com, @adamjohnsonNYC
Johnson just wrote the piece “With DNC Leaks, Former ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Is Now True — and No Big Deal,” for the media watch group FAIR.
Also see from Matea Gold in the Washington Post: “Leaked DNC emails reveal the inner workings of the party’s finance operation.”
WILLIAM K. BLACK, blackw[at]umkc.edu, @williamkblack
Black is an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A former bank regulator who led investigations of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, he is the author of the book The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.
He just wrote a piece in Consortium News on Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice president: “By picking Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has revealed her true preferences and shown that her move to the left on policy issues during the primaries was simply a tactical move to defeat Bernie Sanders. It’s not what you say, it’s what you do. Clinton can talk about caring about the U.S. public, but this choice cuts through the rhetoric.
“The two politicians to whom she gave serious consideration to choosing as her running mate were Kaine and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. What both men share in common is, like the Clintons, being leaders of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). The DLC was, on economic and foreign policy issues, a servile creature of Wall Street — funded by Wall Street.”