Launch Imminent of ‘Phase Three’ of Wikileaks Election Coverage
With less than two weeks from the election, Wikileaks is ramping up its coverage of the election, launching “Phase 3.”
The Hill reports:
Wikileaks enigmatically announced on Twitter that it would soon launch “phase three of [its] election coverage.”
The secrets-sharing site put politicians on notice Sunday evening in a tweet that also included a plea for donations.
“We transition to phrase [sic] three of our US election coverage next week. Keep us strong: https://shop.wikileaks.org/donate,” wrote the site.
It did not provide information about what the third phase entails or if there are still more revelations to come.
Wikileaks supporters, now including a number of disgruntled GOP nominee Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders supporters, immediately replied with tweets expressing hope that phase three would ultimately damage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign. User “CorruptMedia” responded with a Photoshopped estimating what CNN coverage of Clinton being escorted to jail would look like.
A new archive of Clinton-related documents would further irk a campaign still reeling from FBI director James Comey’s announcement on Friday that new emails related to the Clinton server probe had been discovered.
But there is at least some reason to believe Wikileaks could release material that is not solely Clinton related.
Wikileaks has already posted stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta. The hacker or hackers Guccifer 2.0 took credit for the DNC breach and are widely believed to be a front for a Russian intelligence group tied to the Podesta breach.
Guccifer 2.0 was also involved in the attack on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Guccifer 2.0, who claims to be a lone Romanian male, leaked files to The Hill and other sites from both the DNC and DCCC hacks.
Talking with The Hill this summer, Guccifer 2.0 said he sent the brunt of the files taken from the DCCC attack to Wikileaks. If true, those files have not been released by the site yet.
Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, has stated that he would publish information from Trump if the site were sent any.
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