WikiLeaks Deletes Twitter Poll Asking Users To Diagnose Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton’s doctor revealed Sunday that the former secretary of state was forced to leave a 9/11 memorial event because of dehydration and overheating caused by a bout of pneumonia. This diagnosis from a medical professional who treats Clinton hasn’t stopped groups like WikiLeaks from engaging in rampant speculation about the Democratic nominee’s health.

In a poll published on Twitter on Sunday, WikiLeaks asked if Clinton’s “collapse” and “prior coughing fits & unusual facial & body movements” could best be explained by “allergies & personality”, “head injury complications” or other ailments.

The survey was taken down shortly after it was posted, and the organization shared another tweet explaining that the armchair diagnoses they had offered up for Clinton’s health were “too speculative.”

Other posts pointing to a “mysterious” metal or glass object that fell from Clinton’s hand as she got into a van to depart from the 9/11 ceremony remain live on the site’s feed.


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.