Trump Says He Knows ‘Nothing’ About WikiLeaks — But He Once Said He Loved Them

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With the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday, reporters asked President Donald Trump if he stilled “loved” Wikileaks like he repeatedly said he did in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. Instead, he denied knowing about the organization.

“I know nothing about WikiLeaks, it’s not my thing,” he insisted, adding that Attorney General William Barr would take care of anything related to Assange. “I know nothing really about him. It’s not my deal in life.”

On what Assange’s punishment from the U.S. should be for leaking national security secrets, Trump backed down. “I don’t really have any opinion,” he said.

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WikiLeaks targeted Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and released emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee right before the party’s convention and proceeded to hack and release Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s private emails in the month leading to election day.

Trump celebrated the findings of the group.

“Now, this just came out,” Trump said to a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally on Oct. 10, 2016. “WikiLeaks! I love WikiLeaks.”

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In addition to verbal praise, Trump tweeted about WikiLeaks 11 times — ten of which were final month leading up to the 2016 election.

“I hope people are looking at the disgraceful behavior of Hillary Clinton as exposed by WikiLeaks,” Trump tweeted Oct. 11, 2016. “She is unfit to run.”

“Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks,” Trump tweeted again the next day. “So dishonest! Rigged system!”

With Assage’s arrest in the United Kingdom, the WikiLeaks founder faces possible extradition to the United States.

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  1. I was perplexed by the “Once” in the headline of Lizzie’s article.–Apparently it was meant to reflect “at one time”?? Trump says a lot of things: “No one from the campaign met with any Russians.” He had no knowledge of the Stormy NDA or payment. He would release his taxes when the audit was complete. He was “completely exonerated by Mueller.” Don’t take him literally.

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