One month ago, when Wikileaks' Julian Assange told ITV's Richard Peston that he would publish "enough evidence" to indict Hillary Clinton, few took him seriously. And while Hillary has not been indicted - yet - last Friday's leak has already managed to wreak havoc and has led to revelations of cronyism and collusion within the Democratic party and the media, the resignation of the DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as chaos on the first day of the Democratic convention.
Hence, why we believe Assange will be taken more seriously this time.
Earlier today, Assange told CNN that Wikileaks might release "a lot more material" relevant to the US electoral campaign. Assange spoke to CNN following the release of nearly 20,000 hacked Democratic National Committee emails.
The topic then turned to the topic du jour: "did Putin do it"?
Assange refused to confirm or deny a Russian origin for the mass email leak, saying Wikileaks tries to create ambiguity to protect all its sources.
"Perhaps one day the source or sources will step forward and that might be an interesting moment some people may have egg on their faces. But to exclude certain actors is to make it easier to find out who our sources are," Assange told CNN.
The Kremlin has rejected allegations its behind the hacking, calling suggestions it ordered the release of the emails to influence US politics the "usual fun and games" of the US election campaigns, while the Russian foreign minister had an even simpler reaction to the same question: "I don't want to use four-letter words." Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, added, "This is not really good for bilateral relations."
All of this now appears to be irrelevant, and as we speculated earlier, the "anti-Russia" narrative is now in motion and moments ago Obama said that it's 'possible' Putin is trying to sway vote for Trump.
Which brings us to the next point: speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he faces extradition over sexual assault allegations, Assange told CNN that Democratic Party officials were using the specter of Russian involvement to distract from the content of the emails, which have had tumultuous affect on the party at the start of its national convention, where it is expected to make Hillary Clinton its presidential nominee.
"It raises questions about the natural instincts of Clinton that when confronted with a serious domestic political scandal, she tries to blame the Russians, blame the Chinese, et cetera," Assange told CNN.
"Because if she does that while in government, it could lead to problems," he added.
Actually Julian, she already has done that, most recently when the Inspector General accused her of violating State Department rules for maintaining a personal email server: her response - blame the state department for having an "anti-Clinton" bias, and use the oldest, or rather youngest, defense in the book, one used by young children everywhere: "others did it" (something which we subsequently learned was incorrect).
Then again, when the entire objective press is engaged in a full court press to crush the messenger (or the source), and ignore the message, none of this matters.
Assange's full interview is below.