WikiLeaks Cancels, Then Hints At Clinton-Related October Surprise

Kirsty Wigglesworth

WikiLeaks has so far struggled to provide a clear timeline for the Hillary Clinton-related “October surprise” that the radical transparency organization has hinted at for months.

On Friday, NBC’s Jesse Rodriguez reported that WikiLeaks canceled an anticipated Tuesday announcement from founder Julian Assange over “security concerns” at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has lived for the past four years.

Yet on Saturday, Roger Stone, a longtime ally of Donald Trump, tweeted that Clinton would be “done” by Wednesday as a result of WikiLeaks’ announcement.

WikiLeaks shook up the presidential race this summer by publishing thousands of emails leaked from the Democratic National Committee that showed top Democratic officials mocking the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) just ahead of the party’s national convention.

In the months after the release, the group has turned into something of a Clinton conspiracy machine, pushing unfounded rumors about the Democratic nominee’s health and suggesting a DNC staffer was killed for crossing the Clintons.

Stone, himself no stranger to the world of Clinton conspiracies, claimed that he he has been in touch with Assange about “the next tranche of documents” WikiLeaks plans to release about the former secretary of state.

On Sunday, NBC’s Rodriguez reported that Assange will still make a public appearance on Tuesday in a video livestream at a Berlin press conference. It’s unclear if that appearance is related to the purported “October surprise.”

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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