“THE BIG, BAD RUSSIAN WOLF”
by Sharon Rondeau
In August 2012, Assange was granted sanctuary in Ecuador’s UK embassy after he fled bail in a case for which he was wanted for questioning by the Swedish government. Although maintaining his innocence throughout, Assange expressed fear that once in Swedish hands, he would be extradited to the United States to face a charge of espionage.
In May, the statute of limitations in the Swedish case expired, with Swedish prosecutors announcing that they would not seek to press the case. However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stated that prosecuting Assange is a “priority” for the young Trump administration.
Assange has denied any wrongdoing in his receipt of tens of thousands of diplomatic cables and military documents believed to have been provided by the former Pfc. Bradley Manning and maintains a policy of never confirming his sources.
Last Friday night, Rohrabacher told Tucker Carlson that based on his three-hour conversation with Assange, he is sure that the release of thousands of emails from the DNC server in July of last year was not conducted by the Russian government, as three U.S. intelligence agencies have said and the American news media has stressed.
Assange has long insisted that no “state party” provided him with the DNC emails, some of which demonstrated that party officials clearly favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary season despite the organization’s pledge of “neutrality.” A number of emails showed coordination between mainstream “journalists” and the Clinton campaign.
On August 17, Hannity exchanged emails with WikiLeaks supporter and internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom expressing anticipation of the release of what he said is the “whole truth” associated with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III’s dual investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible “collusion” between Trump associates and the Kremlin.
Hannity and Dotcom’s acquaintance appears to have begun on May 20, 2017 after Dotcom tweeted that he “knows” that a DNC staffer murdered on July 10, 2016 by the name of Seth Rich was the party who provided the DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
Dotcom has stated on Twitter that he is a supporter of Wikileaks both ideologically and financially.
On May 30, Dotcom offered to travel to the United States to testify to Mueller or his designee as to the information he claims to have relating to Mueller’s “Russia” probe. Prior to his latest Twitter exchange with Hannity, Dotcom tweeted that Mueller’s office never responded.
For a short time, Hannity reported the development surrounding Rich on his FNC show but was asked, reportedly by the Rich family, to fall silent on the matter. At the same time, the mainstream media could be observed actively ridiculing and marginalizing Hannity and anyone else lending credence to the theory that Rich was a WikiLeaks source.
An organized media campaign was launched targeting Hannity’s advertisers, several of whom pulled their ads from his television show. Some reinstated their sponsorship after Hannity’s supporters responded by boycotting the companies which succumbed to the media pressure.
On August 17, Rohrabacher posted a press release on his website about his meeting with Assange.
On Monday’s radio broadcast, Rohrabacher told Hannity that a “rendezvous is being arranged” so that he can speak with Trump directly about Assange’s claims.
A provision placed in a bill expected to be voted on when Congress returns from its August recess designates WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” a label with which CIA Director Mike Pompeo agrees. Rohrabacher, however, told Carlson that he believes in general, WikiLeaks has served the public well by disclosing government overreach.
“Do you believe the American people have a right to know this information, and do you believe if the information comes out, the American people will conclude that the news media has been purposely lying to them?” Hannity asked. “Yes,” Rohracher responded without hesitation, “and there’s no doubt about that. And if the information comes out, there will be an outrage among the American people that their time has been wasted; they’ve had this story over and over and again shoved down their throats as if the Russians colluded with Donald Trump, and this is an attempt, as I say, to negate their vote in the ballot booth. When Americans realize that this is a con job and a power grab, they’ll be upset,” he predicted.
Hannity then asked if the alleged media cover-up is related to Clinton, former DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schulz and the Awan brothers, to which Rohrabacher said, “You are absolutely right…this has all been a huge effort on the part of a liberal left establishment in this country and around the world…”
“I’m trying to get this out in the public now where we can get this Julian Assange thing straightened out so that people know that it wasn’t the Russians that hacked into this system, and that’s not how this information was released,” Rohrabacher said emphatically.
He said he planned to “call on” his “Republican friends” in Congress to “have a hearing specifically on Hillary and Russia and the tens of millions of dollars that went into the Clinton Foundation.”
“Are you convinced, maybe, that this was by design?…” Hannity asked, to which Rohrabacher responded, “I think that they took advantage of what was a negative and turned it into a positive…”
“So they created the big, bad Russian wolf…” Hannity commented.
“Once the information was out, they tried to turn a lemon into lemonade,” Rohrabacher responded, claiming that the Democrats repeated a lie to convince the American public that Trump “colluded” with the Russians.
When Hannity asked Rohrabacher “how certain” he is that Assange’s assertions are accurate, Rohrabacher responded, “Ninety-nine percent.”
An overview of Rohrabacher’s interview appears on Hannity’s radio website.
Update, 7:31 p.m. EDT: Hannity tweeted that he will be hosting Rohrabacher on his FNC show on Wednesday night.