Julian Assange Meets With US Representative, Claims Possession Of Evidence Debunking Russian Hacking Myth
Julian Assange has reportedly met with US Representative Dana Rohrabacher, and stated emphatically, again, that Russia did not provide Wikileaks with the emails that were eventually and infamously leaked last year. While the majority of their conversation remains unknown, Rep. Rohrabacher informed the press that he was told by Assange on Tuesday that he could prove that Russia was not the source, disclosing further his openness to a future conversation involving information yet undisclosed about the DNC penetration (unrelated to the "penetration" of Sanders supporters during the primary).
While the way in which "The Hill" reported this event made duly sure to remind us that the Representative who met with Assange was both "a Republican", and "friendly to Russia", this nonetheless has absolutely nothing to do with Julian Assange's capability to provide evidence relating to the source of the leaks. Rep. Rohrabacher became the first Congressman to meet personally with the Wikileaks founder, despite the furthering of only one side of the entire narrative for a year by the mainstream media. It seems that while questioning the "DNC hack" automatically relegates one to the position of "Trump supporter", Assange is claiming, again, that he possesses solid evidence that no such hack took place, and that Russia did not provide documents to Wikileaks. This leaves Congress, who voted almost unanimously to sanction Russia, in an obviously embarrassing situation.
The meeting between Rep. Rohrabacher and Julian Assange reportedly lasted 3 hours, with Rohrabacher claiming that he has information gathered from the meeting to share with President Trump. It is unclear, but logically following, that if the White House, and by extension, the US government, stands to benefit from said information, Assange may be able to arrange immunity in exchange for it.
According to right-wing journalist Charles Johnson, the meetings' very purpose was because Assange seeks freedom from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been forced to live in political asylum for the past 5 years. While his supporters are no doubt relieved to hear that such a hero may finally be permitted to walk free, it must be cautiously understood that the Trump administration has vowed to crack down on "leakers", and Julian Assange is certainly one. Assange has, likely for his own protection, sent a out a message via twitter, and retweeted it (included above), making it clear that statements made on his behalf should not be considered authoritative commentary from Assange.
Furthermore, "The Hill" also reports that according to Rep. Rohrabacher, Assange has requested a seat at the White House Press Conference, as well as his plea for immunity, suggesting that the information possessed is of high value. More information with regard to this meeting will come soon, and I will publish the facts as they come. In the meantime, it appears that the only sources of information are neoliberal press outlets (such as "The Daily Beast", whos Aug. 17th article continues to incorrectly claim that Assange currently "faces extradition on sexual assault charges", despite having been acquitted of the same), and right-wing commentators like the "Daily Caller", which, for obvious reasons, has been omitted from this article.