Trump Mentioned WikiLeaks 137 Times In The Last Month Election 2016
During the final stretch of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly praised Wikileaks' involvement in Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's email scandal.
Trump's now Secretary of State and former CIA director, Mike Pompeo, however, took a very different stance on the anonymous hacking site in a speech in April 2017, PolitiFact reported.
To Pompeo, the organization "walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service."
In an interview with CNN, U.S. Representative and Democrat from California Jackie Speier referred to a ThinkProgress article to comment on Trump's relationship with WikiLeaks during the election season.
"If you recall during the election cycle, in the last month of the campaign, I believe that President Trump as a candidate hailed WikiLeaks as the new savior, had mentioned it over 160 times in speeches during that period of time,” she said.
The article she cites analyzed the Republican candidate's "speeches, media appearances and debates" from October 10 to November 8 and tallied 164 mentions of Wikileaks. And while PolitiFact's own analysis only returned 137 mentions of WikiLeaks during campaign rallies, interviews, speeches, his tweets and other social media presence, and debates, the independent fact-checking site said that the 164 figure seems plausible because he often referenced the organization's actions without saying their actual name.
And, more importantly, it shows that he did indeed repeatedly encourage his supporters to talk about the emails while often describing them inaccurately.
"Hillary Clinton, as WikiLeaks proves, is a corrupt globalist," he declared at a rally on October 21.
"I love WikiLeaks," he said on October 10.
WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, was arrested this morning by British police due to a U.S. warrant.