It’s undeniable that many political junkies have mixed feelings about Julian Assange. To millions, the WikiLeaks founder is a hero who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize (or, at the very least, a Pulitzer for doing the kind of journalism that so-called “reporters” are reluctant to undertake these days.)
However, many others are still suspicious of Assange, thanks in part to longstanding allegations of sexual assault hanging over his head.
The fact is, the role of WikiLeaks in preventing the election of Hillary Clinton cannot be denied. Along with the rumors that Assange is now being held against his will or even dead, the man is one of the most sought after interview subjects on earth.
Now Sean Hannity of Fox News has landed an exclusive sit-down interview with the elusive Assange. From Variety:
According to a Fox News release, the two will discuss Russian hacking, the 2016 presidential election, and both the Obama and upcoming Trump administrations. It will air at 10 p.m. on Jan. 3, with additional portions of the interview airing throughout the week.
More on the interview from Real Clear Politics:
In an exclusive interview with FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange said Russia was not the source for the DNC and John Podesta hacks.
HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?
JULIAN ASSANGE: Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.
Hannity isn’t shy about admitting that he has changed his mind about Assange, who he initially viewed with suspicion and even contempt.
Now the highly rated Fox News host and controversial WikiLeaks founder are more or less on the same side, at least in this respect:
It’s important for both of them to work together despite any remaining differences, in order to debunk Obama’s absurd yet persistent claims that WikiLeaks worked in league with the Russians to publicize those damning Democratic Party emails, and thereby interfere with the U.S. election.
They also have an opportunity to reiterate to a massive audience that the source of the emails, while important, isn’t as vital as their content. The Democrats were revealed as craven and unprincipled in these messages, and that is what turned so many American voters against them.