Assange links Le Pen’s loss in France to Clinton’s: ‘Patriarchy’s grip’ strong as ever

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday lamented Marine Le Pen’s loss in France’s presidential election, appearing to link it to Hillary Clinton’s loss in last year’s U.S. presidential election as examples of women being held back.

“First Hillary, now Marine. It’s 2017 and the patriarchy’s grip is as strong as ever,” Assange tweeted.

Shortly before, he posted a Twitter poll asking: “Did Le Pen lose due to sexism?” As of Tuesday morning, 83 percent of the poll’s 17,000 respondents chose “no.”



{mosads}Assange’s WikiLeaks published hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman as well as the Democratic National Committee last year, leading to a monthslong series of damaging leaks.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russia hacked the emails. Assange has denied the Kremlin was his source.

Le Pen, the head of the anti-immigrant National Front party, on Sunday lost in France’s presidential runoff election to Emmanuel Macron.

Macron’s campaign emails were also hacked and released just days before the election. It was not immediately clear who was behind the hack.

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