No rumored October surprise at WikiLeaks event

No rumored October surprise at WikiLeaks event
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A Tuesday morning WikiLeaks event in Berlin did not produce the “#OctoberSurprise” to derail Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally It's about the delegates, stupid MORE's presidential campaign that many had expected, but Julian Assange said he would release more documents before Election Day.

“I’ve seen the internet, and I understand there is enormous expectation in the United States,” said Assange, the site's editor, via video conference at the event, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of WikiLeaks held at 10 a.m. Berlin time. 

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“Some of that expectation will be addressed [when I announce upcoming projects]. But you should understand that if we’re going to make a major publication in relation to the United States at a particular hour, we don’t do it at 3 a.m.”

Many observers believed that Assange had planned to announce a post with damning evidence of corruption, wrongdoing or other scandal. 

On Monday, Roger Stone, an adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE, tweeted, “I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon #LockHerUp.”

Stone has claimed to be in contact with Assange. 

The site InfoWars hosted a live video feed of “Historic Wikileaks October Surprise Coverage” with controversial presenter Alex Jones on hand to do commentary in anticipation of a splashy document release. 

Assange did announce a number of new initiatives at WikiLeaks. The site is pursuing a new membership program designed to help offset the continuing costs of litigation and will launch an international army to defend the website, Assange said. Assange stressed that the army would be nonviolent.

He also announced that the site had more than 1 million documents it planned to release before the end of the year, including documents on weapons, oil, Google, surveillance and the 2016 elections. He promised the election documents would be released before Nov. 8. 

But Assange cautioned that the election leaks might not be the Clinton-busters Stone and Jones were anticipating, calling claims that he is specifically stocking documents “intending to harm” the Democratic nominee “false,” saying he has been misquoted and there is an “attempt to personalize the publications.”

Ultimately, Assange left ambiguous which, if any, candidate the documents would benefit, though he did describe them as “significant.”

The anniversary event was originally intended to be held at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has taken sanctuary from what he fears is extradition to the United States. It was moved to Berlin due to an unspecified security risk.