The controversial WikiLeaks founder has some strong words for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a report by The Washington Times:
Mr. Assange, who spoke Saturday via a live feed before the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston, released hacked emails last month showing Democratic National Committee officials plotting to defeat Mrs. Clinton’s chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders.
“What the Clinton campaign is doing at the moment is trying to say, ‘Well, OK, yes, maybe we’re committed to arms dealers and to Saudi Arabia, and yes, maybe we subverted the integrity of the Democratic primary, etc., etc., but you’ll just have to swallow that, you’ll just have to swallow that or else you’ll get Donald Trump,’” he said.
“That’s a form of extortion,” Mr. Assange told party delegates to loud applause.
While the venue itself might seem indicative of a Green endorsement, it is important to note that Assage himself only called for American people to vote honest and from the heart; not out of any other motivation. This counters the idea that Assange was just trying to direct people toward his own preferences.
The question of voting on principle came up specifically, and Assange urged American voters to not be taken in by fear of a boogeyman candidate:
“There’s a cost to violating principles even if there’s a cost to yourself, even if you don’t like the risk, which seems to be getting very small, the risk that Donald Trump becomes president.”
The Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party’s Governor Gary Johnson are the two most supported third party candidates still in the running, and Johnson will be the only third party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states come election time.
This post was written by Micah J. Fleck.
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