In a one-on-one interview with Jo Becker, an investigative reporter from the New York Times, which was broadcast live on Facebook on Wednesday, the Wikileaks founder forewarned that all press will be under attack “as soon as she wins.”
“The American press, the American liberal press, in falling over themselves to defend Hillary Clinton, are electing a demon that is going to put nooses around everyone’s necks as soon as she wins,” Assange said on Wednesday.
While Donald Trump is widely criticized for his desire to open up U.S. libel laws, allowing public figures to sue media organizations who knowingly and maliciously lie about them — Clinton’s own relationship with the press is rarely scrutinized.
Clinton has already vowed to “stop” Breitbart, a right-wing news outlet that has been oppositional to her campaign, and has been dodging holding a press conference for 270 days. Her dodging of reporters has earned her the new nickname of “Hiding Hillary” from her opponent and detractors.
Let’s also not forget that her entire email scandal was her avoiding Freedom of Information Act requests from the press and investigators.
Wikileaks released the internal emails that were leaked from the Democratic National Committee, and has been falsely labeled an agent of Russia by Clinton’s proponents — a tactic Assange finds troubling. He warns that anyone who dares to question Clinton, including the press, will be branded just the same.
“[It’s] that attempted reframing by Hillary Clinton, to declare media organizations that are publishing material that shows illicit behavior in the [Democratic National Committee] to fix the election for her, as somehow being Russian agents,” he said. “Her campaign has effectively called, or maybe even directly called Donald Trump, the opposition leader in this case, a Russian agent,” Assange added.
“Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, the fourth candidate effectively in terms of numbers, has also been called a Russian agent. This is a neo-McCarthyist hysteria.”
Further, Assange stated that he believes that Clinton will happily follow the precedent set by President Barack Obama — who has prosecuted more journalists and sources than all previous presidential administrations combined.
Assange asserted that Clinton, like Obama, will continue the abuse of the Espionage Act to target dissidents — noting the irony of the fact that she herself should have been prosecuted under it.