Trump Pretends He Doesn’t Know Anything About Wikileaks, But We Have The Receipts

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange was arrested today on charges that he conspired with Chelsea Manning to obtain classified information that WikiLeaks published in 2010. Donald Trump, of course, has his own history with WikiLeaks. The media outlet (or ‘non-state hostile intelligence service’) was responsible for disseminating emails stolen from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager as well as the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election and then-candidate Trump gleefully publicized the purloined information.

“I love WikiLeaks” was one of several things Trump said in praise of the outlet during the 2016 election. In total Trump mentioned over 140 times in the month before the election.

The Trump campaign was so fond of Assange, they even had a poster of him in their war room.

But today, President Trump was asked about Julian Assange’s arrest and reacted as if he’d never even heard of WikiLeaks.

“Do you still love WikiLeaks?” a reporter asked. “Uh, I know nothing about WikiLeaks, it’s not my thing,” Trump replied. “I know nothing really about [Assange], it’s not my deal in life.”

But that’s not all. Trump is not only aware of WikiLeaks, he’s even commented in harsh terms on the crime Julian Assange was just arrested for. In 2010 he called it “disgraceful” and suggested Assange should get the death penalty for his part in it.

Trump isn’t the only one distancing himself from Assange. Fox News giant shouting head Sean Hannity has been on a tweet-deleting spree, purging his timeline of the many complimentary things he said about the WikiLeaks founder, including his invitation for Assange to fill in for him on his radio show.

Last year, someone posing as Hannity on Twitter managed to fool Assange into thinking he was DMing with the real Hannity. Assange seemed to reveal he had another channel of communication with the Fox Host and teased some information about Democratic Senator Mark Warner. “You can send me messages on other channels,” Assange said. “Have some news about Warner.”

h/t: MSNBC, Daily Beast