Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wanted to provide Fox News host Sean Hannity “some news” about Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
One problem: Assange messaged a fake account, who then told the press. Dell Gilliam, a writer from Texas, said she created the fake @SeanHannity__ account while she had the flu and was bored, according to the Daily Beast.
“I felt bad. He really thought he was talking to Sean Hannity,” Gilliam said. Assange wanted to have a conversation “on other channels” about “some news” he allegedly had to share about Warner.
A spokesperson for Warner was contacted by the Daily Beast about Assange’s allegation and dissed him in the clearest terms possible.
“Give me a break. WikiLeaks is a non-state hostile intelligence service with longstanding ties to the Russian government and Russian intelligence,” the spokesperson said.
For her part, Gilliam said the time she used posing as Hannity gave her a window into “paranoia I’d never seen before” from Hannity’s followers, who are “disturbingly angry.”
Assange’s latest fiasco could land him in more hot water with the Ecuadorian government. He was warned last month by the foreign ministry not to interfere in the affairs of other countries on penalty of having his internet privileges suspended.
Assange was granted asylum in Ecuador’s British embassy in 2012.
Credit: Alternet, www.alternet.org