Wikileaks isn't exactly known for its rickrolls, but it's hard to call their Oct. 4 announcement anything else.
Over the past several months, the site's founder, Julian Assange, has been promising some sort of an October Surprise that could damage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign severely. Then, on Oct. 1, Republican strategist and Trump associate, Roger Stone tweeted a cryptic message about Wikileaks and the end of Clinton’s campaign:
“[email protected] is done. #Wikileaks.”
Assange took to a video conference from Berlin, Germany, on Oct. 4, to celebrate Wikileaks’s 10-year anniversary and to suggest that the Clinton-related release would come instead in November.
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“We have on schedule, and it’s a very hard schedule, all the US election-related documents to come out before Nov. 8,” Assange said.
“If we are going to make a major publication about the U.S., we wouldn't do it at 3 a.m.," Assange later added, referring to the time in the Eastern United States. The Washington Post called the video, "little more than an extended infomercial for Wikileaks."
But Assange’s anti-climatic announcement did not deter Stone from continuing his Twitter assault.
“Libs thinking Assange will stand down are wishful thinking. Payload coming #Lockthemup," Stone tweeted on Oct. 4, after the video stream.
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According to the New Yorker, Stone has occasionally worked for Trump as a lobbyist, and was an adviser when he was exploring his chances for presidential run.
“Roger is a stone-cold loser,” Trump said of Stone in a 2008 interview. “He always tries taking credit for things he never did.”
Stone has been banned from several major news outlets, including conservative stalwart Fox News, according to Media Matters.
“I’m banned at CNN,” Stone began during an Oct. 4 speech. “I’m banned at MSNBC. I’m banned at Fox because I kick their ass. That’s why they don’t let me on.”
Among other smears, Stone has called Fox News contributor Allen West an “arrogant know-it-all negro," suggested he wants to "bash Bill O'Reilly's head in" and said Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has a "nice set of cans."