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Lies—good or bad?
On Friday morning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange decided to conduct a Twitter poll. Many people use Twitter polls to jokingly ask for life advice, but Assange seemed serious about the question he posed.
“Between Trump’s directness & leaks the Trump admin is the most transparent in living memory—despite its policies,” he wrote. “Good or bad?”
The poll doesn’t close for a day, but the consensus on Twitter is clear. People think Assange’s tweet is one of the worst takes on the Trump administration.
The food was dog shit and the waiter punched you, but they were all very upfront about it. Good or bad restaurant? https://t.co/MDYHVV5XDC
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) August 4, 2017
Come on Julian, you're smarter than this. https://t.co/dw3FYremPX
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) August 4, 2017
Vlad, is that you? https://t.co/poSRwx06Yk
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) August 4, 2017
WikiLeaks famously published thousands of emails related to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party before the election, which many thought swayed things in Trump’s favor. Last summer, Assange said that choosing whether to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president was like choosing between two different STDs. It’s unclear who Assange currently supports (if anyone), but he definitely has an opinion about what information should be released to the public—and how.
In July, Assange said that he reached out to Donald Trump Jr. about publishing his emails on WikiLeaks.
Days later, he tweeted in support of a lawsuit that claims Trump is violating the First Amendment by blocking users on Twitter.
Now Assange wants to discuss the administration’s transparency—even if it’s not intentional.
But many thought Assange whiffed here and gave him examples of how the Trump administration isn’t actually transparent.
My dude, they're not even releasing White House visitor logs. https://t.co/P9xSWhJSU1
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 4, 2017
"Most transparent"?? No cameras at briefings, no WH visitor logs, no tax returns, more press pool restrictions… https://t.co/Y89tPnfdNg
— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) August 4, 2017
— John Wonderlich (@JohnWonderlich) August 4, 2017
Of course, if Assange really cares about transparency, he could always leak more documents on the current administration.
Well I guess that explains why we haven't gotten anything about Trump or his administration from Wikileaks? Right? https://t.co/exv2yGJFUr
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) August 4, 2017
You mind sending over his tax returns? Thanks. https://t.co/G28tJiapmi
— Fredrick Soukup (@21stcenturyfred) August 4, 2017
Your move, Assange.
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.