In the latest episode of Sean Hannity’s descent into the swamps of online conspiracy, the Fox News anchor invited Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to host his radio show:
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 31, 2017
The invitation was in response to a tweet from Assange asking his followers if he should start a “weekly radio broadcast/podcast” from his refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London:
Several US networks suggest I start a weekly radio broadcast/podcast from within the embassy siege. A good idea? Ideas for format, title?
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) May 30, 2017
Hannity, who bashed Wikileaks during the Obama Administration for “stealing highly-classified documents that put peoples lives at risk,” has made a remarkable about-face on the Australian computer programmer since finding common ground with him after Wikileaks published documents stolen from the DNC during the 2016 election.
Since then, Hannity has interviewed Assange multiple times on his show, with Assange often claiming the stolen documents did not originate from Russia, as US intelligence agencies have determined.
The two again found common cause in Hannity’s embrace of the Seth Rich murder conspiracy, which holds that the slain DNC staffer was the source of documents given to Wikileaks. The debunked theory would exonerate the Kremlin as Wikileaks’ source — which would accommodate Hannity, who holds that allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia are unfounded.
Assange has added fuel to the Rich conspiracy theory by repeatedly insinuating that he could have been the source of the leaks — inspiring Hannity (who now conveniently takes the word of Assange over the overwhelming opinion of US authorities) to continue coverage of the story.
UPDATE –– 4:42 pm ET: Assange has since told CNN’s Oliver Darcy that he is “looking into” guest-hosting Hannity’s program.
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