— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 2, 2017
It proved a very busy 2016 for the whistleblowing site, as it delivered a massive trove of documents over the 12-month period.
This included more than 50,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta and more than 27,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, which confirmed the DNC worked against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, favoring Clinton.
It’s adorable that Russia’s propaganda outlet thinks the emails prove the DNC worked against Bernie, but they really didn’t. Anything WikiLeaks and anti-Clinton media tried to use as an example was always totally taken out of context and exaggerated. Let’s not forget when the Bernie campaign tried to steal the Clinton campaign’s data.
But that’s besides the point. Their influence this year was already huge.
2017 is a big year politically, especially for Europe. France will hold it’s presidential election, and Germany will have it’s federal election. There’s no doubt Russia, and by extension Wikileaks, will want to influence these in any way they can. Populism, Putinism, euroscepticism, and nationalism are all on the table in Europe. The French presidential election will most likely be the conservatives versus the nationalists, and the nationalist party in Germany is catching up to the big two parties at an unprecedented rate.
WikiLeaks is confident that 2017 will be an even bigger year for them. With these elections, and puppet Trump’s reign, there’s little doubt why.
To think we were pleased 2016 was over.
On a side note, there’s also the New Zealand elections. Maybe Kim Dotcom’s looking to use WikiLeaks here as well? Fat chance.