Assange: Clinton v. Trump is Like Choosing ‘Cholera or Gonorrhea’

Julian Assange said that choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is akin to choosing “cholera or gonorrhea,” in an interview with Democracy Now on Wednesday. “Personally, I would prefer neither,” the WikiLeaks founder said.

Assange has been back in the news recently due to his organization’s release of secret DNC emails revealing collusion between the Democratic Party, the Clinton Campaign, and the media. The New York Times reported that Assange timed the release to coincide with the National Convention on purpose.

The WikiLeaks front man made it clear that he sees little meaningful difference between the Democratic and Republican nominees. “Look, I think — you know, we know how politics works in the United States. Whoever — whatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast,” he said. “It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And so, as a result, corporate lobbyists will move in to help control those levers. So it doesn’t make much difference in the end.”

Currently stuck in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid prosecution abroad, Assange continues his fight against government corruption with incredible tenacity. He believes that his work with WikiLeaks can force substantive change.
“What does make a difference is political accountability, a general deterrence set to stop political organizations behaving in a corrupt manner,” he said. “That can make a difference, because that changes the perception of what you can do or not do. And so, always — well, almost always, you should choose the principled position, which is to set a disciplinary signal about acting in a corrupt way, and take a philosophical position, which is our institutions can only be as good as our understanding of our institutions.”
Despite all the focus on the anti-Bernie activities and pro-Hillary sentiment in the DNC emails, Assange believes the real story lies in the financials of the party. “That has the real core, the financial core, of the power structure and the exercise of monetary influence over the DNC,” he said.  “And that’s something that’s going to seed journalistic investigations for years.”

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