'Anti-Clinton' Wikileaks chat leaked

From BBC - February 15, 2018

Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing site founded by Julian Assange, wanted Donald Trump to become US president, according to a leaked conversation.

Files obtained by The Intercept show the Wikileaks Twitter account revealing its preference to a group of supporters, via private chat.

"We believe it would be much better for GOP [US Republican party] to win," the transcript read.

The account also described Hillary Clinton as a "sadistic sociopath".

It is thought that the Wikileaks Twitter account is controlled by Julian Assange, although it is not clear who wrote the comments in the leaked transcript.

The BBC has contacted the Wikileaks account on Twitter - which has not tweeted since 13 February - but has not yet received a response.

Transcripts from the chat with around ten supporters of Wikileaks also contain disparaging remarks about journalists, including the BBC's Chris Cook, policy editor for Newsnight.

'BBC idiot'

"Please troll this BBC idiot," the Wikileaks account said, before suggesting this might result in Mr Cook tweeting statements that could be used "in legal cases to show that a toxic climate exists [in] the UK".

"This guy clearly has a thin skin and thinks a lot of his clique, which means he ca not see how his tweets are dangerous for him," the account added.


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