Assange thanks U.S. government
This falls under the "unintended consequences" category.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims his organization has made a 50,000 percent return on bitcoin after investing in the cryptocurrency in 2010 — and it's all thanks to the U.S. government.
In a tweet over the weekend, Assange posted a screenshot of bitcoin prices on July 18, 2010 and October 14, 2017 on industry website CoinDesk. In this period, the price of bitcoin went from $0.06 to around $5,814. This represents a 9,689,900 percent increase.
Assange, however, said that he has made a 50,000 percent return, presumably investing in bitcoin over the six-year period.
And the WikiLeaks founder said this was because the U.S. government forced payment companies like Visa and MasterCard to carry out "an illegal banking blockade" against his organization.
Ouch! That smarts.
Meanwhile, Hillary continues to toss around wild accusations.
Hillary Clinton has told an Australian state broadcaster that WlkiLeaks founder Julian Assange was a tool of Russia in his release of hacked emails that hurt the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign.
Clinton told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview broadcast on Monday that the Australian whistleblower had “become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“He’s a tool of Russian intelligence, and if he’s such a ... martyr of free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?” she said.
That's a very good question.
Why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?
Why, oh why? [From three weeks ago]
WikiLeaks, a secret-sharing organization accused of playing a key role in Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has released documents that it claims offer details of how Moscow uses state surveillance to spy on Internet and cellphone users.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 19, 2017
Thanks for staying on top of this one, Hillary.
Not to be left out, the CIA also took a swipe at Wikileaks.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, speaking at the University of Texas Thursday, called WikiLeaks a hostile non-state intelligence agency bent on the destruction of the United States, and also identified Hezbollah as another “perfect example” of a non-state threat that has to be defeated.
To which, Assange responded thusly.
“Trump CIA head Pompeo says that publishing details of CIA incompetence and illegality is the same as having 20k troops and 150k missiles pointed at Israel. Yes, our staff are just that good. Go team!” Assange tweeted.