What ever Assange may have started out as - and I believe his flawed character showed from the very start,he has now become a vindictive hack who uses a powerful tool irresponsibly for his own petty revenge against western targets. He is now just dumping documents that have been classified (often for the personal safety of innocent people's information contained in the files) and have little to do with state or corporate actors.
In particularly Assange is on a campaign against Hillary Clinton,whom he blames for his current predicament.
From New Republic:
With Roger Stone and Julian Assange in cahoots, Hillary Clinton should prepare for an October surprise.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made no secret of his distaste for Clinton. As Robert Mackey noted inThe Intercept, “In recent months, the WikiLeaks Twitter feed has started to look more like the stream of an opposition research firm working mainly to undermine Hillary Clinton than the updates of a non-partisan platform for whistleblowers.” If Assange is acting like an oppo researcher, then it’s not a surprise that he’s hooked up with someone who knows all the secrets of playing dirty political tricks: Roger Stone, who is Donald Trump’s unofficial adviser and a legendary “rat-fucker” with a history of campaign shenanigans going back to the Nixon years.
WikiLeaks is good at ferreting out information and Roger Stone is good at presenting that information in the worst possible light. The alliance between Assange and Stone should keep the Clinton campaign worried until election day.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange floated the possibility on Tuesday that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was an informant for the organization.
“Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks,” Assange said in an interview to be aired Tuesday on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur. “There’s a 27-year-old who works for the DNC and who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the streets in Washington.”
Seth Rich, a DNC employee who did voter outreach, was shot to death last month early in the morning in Washington, D.C. The case is unsolved and police have speculated it was an attempted robbery.
“I am suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that,” Assange added, when asked what he was alleging. “We don’t comment on who our sources are.”
Asked by interviewer Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal why he would speculate about someone being shot, Assange said it showed “our sources face serious risks.”
“We have to understand how high the stakes are in the US, and that our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity,” he said.
“We are investigating what happened with Seth Rich. We think it is a concerning situation,” Assange said. “There is not a conclusion yet; we are not willing to state a conclusion, but we are concerned about it. And more importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.”
Please note - Assange never states that Seth Rich was the source of the DNC leaks that experts have said came from Russian government sources. He's merely throwing up smoke and accusations.
And does this not some familiar?
We aren't saying this is so,we are just voicing the concern we are hearing from a number of other people.
"We are not willing to state a conclusion, but we are concerned about it. And more importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.”
Mind you,this is the Assange that has a show on RT,Russian state propaganda media aimed at the west.
And a close associate of Trump's indicates he is in close communication with Julian Assange in the midst of Assange's campaign to defame Clinton.
In the midst of Trump's campaign to defeat Clinton.
Tied all together with Putin's desire to see a weakened American president. (oh,Putin doesn't want Trump as President,he's too dangerous for Russia. But Putin would like to see America weakened)
QUESTIONER: With regard to the October surprise, what would be your forecast on that given what Julian Assange has intimated he's going to do?
ROGER STONE: Well, it could be any number of things. I actually have communicated with Assange. I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation but there's no telling what the October surprise may be.