President-elect Donald Trump has praised WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, in 2016 and 2017, but, in 2010, suggested the group should receive the death penalty (video below).
At the time, Trump was doing a promo for Fox News host Brian Kilmeade's radio show when Kilmeade asked him about WikiLeaks, notes CNN.
"I think it's disgraceful... I think there should be like death penalty or something," Trump said.
WikiLeaks had made news for publishing U.S. government documents and videos that were provided by Pfc. Chelsea Manning, who went by the name Pfc. Bradley Manning.
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The Associated Press reported in October 2016 that Trump praised WikiLeaks -- which published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton aide John Podesta -- for providing a "window" into "the secret corridors of government power."
On Oct. 11, 2016, Trump cited WikiLeaks on his website:
These Wikileaks emails confirm what those of us here today have known all along: Hillary Clinton is the vessel for a corrupt global establishment that is raiding our country and surrendering our sovereignty. This criminal government cartel doesn’t recognize borders, but believes in global governance, unlimited immigration, and rule by corporations...
Wikileaks also shows something I have been warning about for a very long time. The media is simply an extension of the Clinton Campaign. It’s just one more way the system is rigged.
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Assange told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Jan. 4, 2017, that Russia did not provide the hacked DNC emails to WikiLeaks, notes Mediaite.com, which quickly drew support from Trump on Twitter:
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" -- why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!
[Fox News]: Julian Assange on U.S. media coverage: "It’s very dishonest." #Hannity More dishonest than anyone knows.
Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have "hacking defense" like the RNC has and why have they not responded to the terrible......
things they did and said (like giving the questions to the debate to H). A total double standard! Media, as usual, gave them a pass.