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Remember when one of WikiLeaks‘s biggest fans turned his back on the organization following the arrest of Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London?
During a press speech at the White House on April 11th, 2019, ex-President Trump told reporters “I know nothing about Wikileaks” when asked if he “still loves” the site.
“It’s not my thing,” the president told the press. “I’ve seen what’s happening with Assange.”
It’s a peculiar statement given how Wikileaks was very much his “thing” when the site was targeting his opponent Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump was vocal in his support for Wikileaks as it released hacked emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s personal account, the latter of which were released hours after the infamous Access Hollywood tape went public. Trump often pronounced his love for the site at rallies and Vox reporter Aaron Rupar determined that Trump cited Wikileaks “about five times a day” during the final month of the campaign.
According to CNBC reporter Christina Wilkie, Trump even had a poster of Assange on the wall of one of his campaign headquarters.
The DOJ charged Assange with conspiring to hack a government computer with Chelsea Manning, a charge which carries up to five years in prison.