UK authorities arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today, based on an extradition request from the United States. We still don’t know if this means William Barr is trying to silence Assange about Trump-Russia, or if the DOJ is trying to work around Barr to get Trump-Russia answers from Assange – but we do know that Donald Trump is already quickly changing his story.
Here’s what Donald Trump told a pool of reporters just now about the Assange arrest: “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing, and I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange. I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange.” Really? Trump now knows nothing about WikiLeaks? Did he forget that his unofficial campaign adviser Roger Stone was reportedly commutating with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election? Did Trump also forget his own past words?
Three weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump posted this tweet, asserting that WikiLeaks was a legitimate intel source: “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!” Days later, he tweeted this: “WikiLeaks proves even the Clinton campaign knew Crooked mishandled classified info, but no one gets charged? RIGGED!” Around that same time, at a political rally, Trump said “we love WikiLeaks.” Wait, now he knows “nothing” about WikiLeaks or Assange?
In fairness to Donald Trump, his cognitive abilities are clearly fading. Just ask “Tim Apple” about the “oranges” of the investigation. But even with his current brain freeze taking hold, there’s just no way that Trump can legitimately claims that he knows nothing about WikiLeaks because it’s not his thing. Back when Julian Assange and WikiLeaks were stealing the election for him in 2016, he couldn’t stop talking about how much he loved them. Now that his own DOJ has branded Assange a criminal, Trump suddenly has no idea who the guy even is.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report