Julian Assange Claims That Hillary Clinton Threatened Bernie Sanders To Drop Out

Published September 9, 2016
Updated September 16, 2016
Published September 9, 2016
Updated September 16, 2016
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Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesHillary Clinton speaks during her primary night gathering on March 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now claims that forces within the Democratic Party threatened Bernie Sanders to drop out of the presidential race two months ago.

In a recent interview with Australian journalist John Pilger, reports True Activist, Assange had this to say when asked about Sanders’ exit from the race:

“Look, I think—you know, we know how politics works in the United States. Whoever—whatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast. It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And Bernie Sanders was independent candidate trying to get the nomination trough the Democratic Party and if you ask me he did get the nomination, but he was threatened to drop out.”

These allegations of threats come in the wake of similar, unsubstantiated accusations concerning the Hillary Clinton campaign threatening Sanders’ wife, Jane, so that she’d convince her husband to drop out of the race.

Whether true or not, these recent reports are just the latest in the wave of allegations resulting from the ongoing scandal concerning supposedly malfeasant emails to and from both Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

Assange’s recent statements above are, he claims, informed by his access to tens of thousands of those hacked emails, some of which he has released and some of which he hasn’t. The ones that he has released hit the news just before the Democratic National Convention in late July, with Assange openly admitting that he timed the release of those emails with the convention to maximize the damage he could do to the Clinton campaign.

As for the emails Assange hasn’t yet released, he promises that they are especially damning — with one involving a deal between Clinton and an alleged ISIS sponsor — and the he will publish them before Election Day.

As ominous as all that sounds, some have charged that whether or not the Clinton emails represent legitimate wrongdoing or not (the FBI says it’s the latter), and whether or not this scandal does actually involve Russian hackers working in league with Donald Trump to bring Clinton down, the whole affair shouldn’t be all that relevant on Election Day. As The Washington Post wrote yesterday, “There are a thousand other substantive issues…The Hillary Clinton email story is out of control.”

Next, learn a surprising thing or two about Bernie Sanders’ early years. Then, have a look at reviled pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli’s recent claim that Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s disease.

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting.