Hours after Wikileaks announced that inexplicably Julian Assange's internet connection had been cut, South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan, a republican, on Monday cheered the release of hacked emails by WikiLeaks. “Let me be clear: Thank God for Wikileaks — doing the job that MSM WON'T! #ASSANGE #wikileaks,” Duncan tweeted, referring to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Not praise for Assange. Thankful info is out there for sure, but never have condoned illegal activity. Maybe if HRC hadn't destroyed emails— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) October 17, 2016
And if FBI had not destroyed evidence & ALL emails turned over - we would have a clear picture without Wiki.— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) October 17, 2016
And - MSM Major Networks seem to be in collusion with HRC camp - failing to report on the whole story. But quick to jump on a tweet for sure— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) October 17, 2016
That post came in the middle of a series of tweets from Duncan, who earlier remarked that it was “crazy that public opinion is being driven this election cycle by an accused rapist hiding out in the Embassy of foreign country #wikileaks.” Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ founder, has been inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.
Wikileaks, which has been focused on sharing information that has destabilized both the DNC and has provided intimate, inside glimpses into the Clinton campaign, has drawn praise from some on the right, who argue that the “mainstream media” is devoting too much coverage to the sexual assault allegations facing GOP candidate Donald Trump, at the expense of investigating Clinton.
The move has been somewhat ironic: after Assange released classified material beginning in 2010, the infamous Wiki cables, he cames under harsh criticism from many republican sources. The material included documents related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and diplomatic cables. Then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other U.S. officials argued some of the documents put lives at risk by revealing information about collaborators and informants.
Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign and other Democrats argue that the theft and release of the emails from Podesta's account and the DNC is an attempt by Russia to help Trump attain the White House. The campaign has refused to confirm the authenticity of the documents, saying that it will not comment on stolen materials.
As Zero Hedge first disclosed, the ninth batch of documents, released over the weekend, included the transcripts of three paid speeches Clinton made to Goldman Sachs. In a 2012 email released last week, Clinton Foundation foreign policy director Amitabh Desai wrote to other senior foundation aides that Qatari officials hoped to see former president Bill Clinton “for five minutes in NYC” to a present a $1 million check to Clinton for his birthday.
A member of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, Duncan was elected in 2010 as a part of the Tea Party wave. A Trump supporter, he is seen as the favorite in his bid for a fourth term.