If you want an interview, it’s unwise to ask WikiLeaks founder and former hacker Julian Assange about charges of sexual impropriety, as CNN correspondent Atika Shubert found out recently.
When Shubert first inquired about the allegations of internal turmoil at WikiLeaks — claims leveled by former employee Daniel Domscheit-Berg — Assange took a dry tone and emphasized that his purpose for appearing in front of the cameras was the publication of classified Iraq war documents.
Then she asked about the molestation charges being investigated by Swedish police. Her written report to CNN, which initially summarized that he refused to talk about it, is something of a polite understatement.
“This interview is about something else,” he said. “I will have to walk if you are… If you are going to contaminate this extremely serious interview with questions about my personal life.”
The reporter persisted, so Assange calmly got up, removed his mic, apologized and left.
Appearing at a London press conference on Saturday, Assange insisted that the site’s latest disclosure is “about the truth.”
“The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends,” he said. “We hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued on since the war officially concluded.”
He claims the cache of documents reveals over 104,000 civilian deaths during the Iraq war, and an initial report by the Associated Press confirms the files detail at least 15,000 additional unreported civilian casualties.
Additionally, German paper Der Spiegel pointed to several accounts of what it calls “dubious attacks” by US Apache helicopters, suggesting they may have amounted to war crimes.
Assange has called the charges of rape and molestation, filed by two women in Sweden, a “smear campaign” based on a consensual relationship.
This video is from CNN, broadcast Friday, Oct. 22, 2010.
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Axios reports that data from right-wing news websites shows that reader engagement on three key anti-Biden stories -- his alleged mental decline, his son Hunter Biden's former job with Ukrainian energy company Burisma, and sexual assault allegations by Tara Reade -- have all fizzled.
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Speaking with co-host Willie Geist, Lemire said there were other problems with the Ohio visit -- including Republican Gov. Mike DeWine being unable to attend because he tested positive for COVID-19 -- but Trump stating Biden "hurts God" made the economic points the president made secondary in a state where he needs votes.
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"Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina, if you talk to the Trump data people they'll hang their hat on the gap getting narrower in those states," Wasserman said. "What's happening is that a lot of the older voters who, for lack of a better term, are exiting the electorate. They are disproportionally registered Democrats who are conservative and voted for Trump in 2016. Yes, the registration gap is narrowing, fewer voters are registering to vote this year than did in 2016 because we're in a pandemic. That doesn't mean the states are getting more favorable to Trump."