Trump’s Praising Assange Today But in 2010 He Called WikiLeaks ‘Disgraceful,’ Called For ‘Death Penalty’


Following the airing of Sean Hannity’s one-on-one interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last night, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to seemingly side with Assange over America’s intelligence community regarding Russia allegedly hacking the election. He also blamed the DNC for getting hacked and endorsed Assange’s criticism of the “dishonest” media. This was all after he mocked the intelligence community over the “so-called Russian hacking.”

Well, much like we’ve seen with a number of topics and issues over the years, Trump currently holds a different position than he did just a few years ago.

The folks over at CNN’s KFILE unearthed a short video clip of Trump in 2010 where he had some harsh words about WikiLeaks. Preparing to appear on Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade‘s radio program, Trump offered up his opinion on WikiLeaks when the subject was brought up by Kilmeade.

“I think it’s disgraceful, I think there should be like death penalty or something,” the then-Apprentice star stated. WikiLeaks was in the news at that time for publishing thousands of classified docs that were provided to them by Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for espionage.

Over the past few months, Trump has dismissed the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia was behind the hacks of the DNC and John Podesta. During the campaign, Trump claimed that it could have been done by someone weighing 400 pounds laying on their bed. After the CIA concluded Russia did the hacking to influence the election for Trump, the president-elect called the report “ridiculous.”

Watch the clip above of Trump speaking to Kilmeade.

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