Wikileaks Changes Venue for Assange’s ‘October Surprise’ Announcement over Security Concerns

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London since seeking refuge there in 2012

Citing security concerns, WikiLeaks has cancelled an in-person “October surprise” announcement by Julian Assange, which many have theorized will expose election-changing information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was scheduled to appear on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Tuesday, where he has claimed asylum since 2012, to make the announcement. Assange will instead now appear via video livestream on Tuesday for a press conference to discuss “the past, present & future of WikiLeaks,” according to the group.

During the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, Assange has released thousands of documents and emails exposing numerous controversies surrounding Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

In July, a leak of over 19,000 emails from the DNC showed that the party had actively worked against Bernie Sanders’ campaign for nomination, plotting tactics to give Clinton a favourable chance from the start.

Further emails have since been released showing that Clinton took orders from George Soros as secretary of state, lied about her knowledge of Libyan arm exports, and had off-record meetings with a number of friendly news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal.

In August, WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 reward for information about murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich. Rich, who was shot and killed in July, was heavily hinted at by Assange to be the source of the DNC leaks.

Since the cancellation of Assange’s balcony appearance, WikiLeaks have tweeted an old quote allegedly from Clinton on the editor, stating, “Can’t we just drone this guy?”

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.


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