In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, 
Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like

Micah Lee, Cora Currier
February 14 2018, 2:04 p.m.

On a Thursday afternoon in November 2015, a light snow was falling outside the 
windows of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, despite the relatively warm 
weather, and Julian Assange was inside, sitting at his computer and pondering 
the upcoming 2016 presidential election in the United States.

In little more than a year, WikiLeaks would be engulfed in a scandal over how 
it came to publish internal emails that damaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential 
campaign, and the extent to which it worked with Russian hackers or Donald 
Trump’s campaign to do so. But in the fall of 2015, Trump was polling at less 
than 30 percent among Republican voters, neck-and-neck with neurosurgeon Ben 
Carson, and Assange spoke freely about why WikiLeaks wanted Clinton and the 
Democrats to lose the election.

“We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” he typed into a private 
Twitter direct message group to an assortment of WikiLeaks’ most loyal 
supporters on Twitter. “Dems+Media+liberals woudl then form a  block to reign 
in their worst qualities,” he wrote. “With Hillary in charge, GOP will be 
pushing for her worst qualities., dems+media+neoliberals will be mute.” He 
paused for two minutes before adding, “She’s a bright, well connected, sadistic 

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