Well, he's done it again. Julian Assange, the master of smoke and mirrors, has put up online the email that he claims, through Twitter, is the smoking gun that will get Hillary Clinton arrested. This latest smear campaign against Lady Titanium comes through a website which dares to call itself thefreethoughtproject.com. Speaking as a freethinker, I don't appreciate this kind of hack journalism giving the non-religious community a bad name, nor do I like it associating conspiracy theory crackpot nonsense with the intellectual nobility which is skepticism of religion.
You can read the entire claim here. But I'll quote from the article anyway.
At issue is an email thread, beginning with a note from Clinton’s former chief of staff at the State Department, Jake sullivan, which tellingly states:
“They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it.”
To which an apparently impatient Hillary replies:
“If they can’t, turn it into nonpaper w no identifying headline and send nonsecure.”
What she’s requesting from Sullivan is that he strip sensitive information of anything marking it as sensitive so it can be sent through without following security protocols. Clinton, in other words, blatantly asked Sullivan to break the law — because she apparently didn’t want to wait.
Well, nice try. When I read the article, I noticed right away that the e-mail thread had been cut off in the screen shot, leaving previous information below the bottom border invisible. Now, why would Assange deny us the ability to read the message in context, I wondered? So, I went to Wikileaks to read the entire email in its context. You can do the same thing by clicking here. Here's what I found. For clarity, I've put the messages in chronological order scrolling down. (They were not ordered that way on Wikileaks.)
From: Hillary Clinton
To: Jake Sullivan
Date: 2011-06-16 01:21
Subject: UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05787519 Date: 01/07/2016
RELEASE IN PART B5,B6
From: Spence, Matthew J. [mailto: B6
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 04L PM
To: Sullivan, Jacob 3
From: Sullivan, Jacob 3 [mailto:SullivanD@state.gov]
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 05:51 PM
Subject: Fw: B5
You'll get tps this eve. They're coming together.
From: H [mailto:HDR22@clintonemail.com]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 07:52 AM
To: Sullivan, Jacob J
Subject: Re: B5
I didn't get the TPs yet.
From: Sullivan, Jacob J
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 08:00 AM
Subject: Re: B5
From: Sullivan, Jacob J [mailto:Sullivann@state.gov]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 08:17 AM
Subject: Re: B5
They say they've had issues sending secure fax. They're working on it.
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:21 AM
To: 'sullivanjj@ state.gov'
Subject: Re B5
If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.
Is this a smoking gun? No! Because as the original email thread clearly shows, the issue is an unclassified State Department case file. And not only that, merely the talking points regarding it. TP's, in case you don't know, are Talking Points, and are generally the pre-scripted soundbytes regarding any issue which are fed to the attention-deficit media.
Hillary complains she hasn't gotten the talking points yet. Now, you can't get much more non-classified material than talking points which are meant for the media anyway. But any fax sent to the Secretary of State is automatically classified because it's being sent over wire, which can be tapped. So when the fax fails, Hillary instructs Jacob Sullivan to send it by email without heading. Why not? It's meant for the newspapers anyway, right?
So why, for the love of Zeus, does Assange tweet this obvious disproof of his own argument?!
Because he knows you, the gullible public, won't bother to double-check his work! By claiming that a certain email proves Hillary's guilt, and then citing it, it appears at first glance to be proof of a Hillary Clinton lie. But if one actually follows up - something he knows that almost nobody will do - it's easy to see that he's making a claim on an email thread that actually says the exact opposite!
It's unethical, underhanded, and twisted, but admittedly genius!
It's no secret that Assange wants to destroy Hillary Clinton. The fact that he's helping to elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to bother him in the least. But then, living in exile inside an embassy in London, he doesn't have to feel the immediate consequences of a Trump presidency. Hell, Trump might even pardon him!
I've lost all respect for Julian Assange. He is no longer some knight in shining armor defending the people's right to know, because now he is deliberately and maliciously using his fame and power to spread lies of his own engineering.
If Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to step down, so should Julian Assange. He should hand Wikileaks over to somebody else, and then wait out his remaining years in his safe-house inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to fucking die. His crime was far worse by hundreds of orders of magnitude.