.(..And this time, Trump ain’t loving it!)
Back in October of 2016 when WikiLeaks was ‘undermining our election process, then candidate Trump declared, “Wikileaks I love Wikileaks.” Now the thinly veiled whistle blower site claims to have dumped thousands of documents uncovering how the CIA uses your electronic devices to spy on you. Trump was the direct beneficiary of WikiLeaks data dumps, steadily impugning the Democrats and their candidate Hillary Clinton with a steady drip-drip-drip of damning material. Trump was loving it.
Today, Trump is the commander-in-chief of the free world with the CIA coming directly under his aegis. His twitter machine has been oddly quiet.
Trump is having to confront the threat of hacking, along with leaks from within his own administration. With tables turned he is suddenly not so much of a fan! Trump and his aides have angrily railed against leakers, threatening to find and prosecute them and urging congressional allies to investigate, real or imagined.
This latest dump supposedly shows the CIA’s closely guarded secrets on cyber weapons and if substantiated, could cause massive fallout among U.S. allies while posing a serious challenge for Trump. His feud, denigrating the intelligence community over probes into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia, will only fly in the face of his “love” for WikiLeaks.
While the files being posted by WikiLeaks have yet to be authenticated, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that if the group “can hack the CIA, they can hack anybody.” McCain also mocked Trump for belittling earlier hacks. Trump had dismissed the seriousness of them as being carried out by “some 400 pound somebody in the basement of his mother’s house smoking a cigarette in his underwear” rather than a foreign government. McCain said the White House needs to focus on the issue quickly.
But in truth, WikiLeaks is a well funded machine.Money comes in from US and foreign sources including Russia’s RT state run news outlet. The Associated Press, Australia’s Fairfax Media,Britain’sThe Guardian, France’s Le Monde, as well as Daniel Ellsberg’s Freedom of the Press Foundation are prominently listed as co-sponsors. Here is a list from the WikiLeaks website…