By: Savannah Smith | 02-16-2017 | News
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Joins Twitter, Scores Intel Community

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has decided to join the popular online media platform Twitter earlier and subtly scored the U.S. intelligence community in the midst of controversies rocking the Trump administration following the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over Russian connection allegations.

Assange only posted three original tweets since opening his account less than 24 hours ago, and two retweets from WikiLeaks. His first tweet somewhat poked fun on online searches on rumors about his death as he showed a screen grab of searches related to him led by his 'death' and a message: " Rumors of my death have been pretty exaggerated in curious plot."

The second original tweet is more biting as Assange takes a swipe against the American intel community with the post: "Amazing battle for dominance is playing at between the elected U.S. government and the intelligence community who consider themselves to be the permanent government."

His third original and most recent tweet is about a link to his interview with an Australian radio yesterday, where he also warned followers that the interview is " very Australian".

Assange also retweeted a WikiLeaks post that encourages intercepting the Flynn-Kislyak transcript and being released to the public "so everyone can act with complete knowledge."

President Trump blamed the intel community for leaks that led to the resignation of Flynn which he described as unfair. Relations between the President and the intel community continue to be tense and somewhat strained since after the upset victory of Trump where some intel officials blamed supposed Russian hacking and election interference as contributing to Trump's win. The allegations, of course, were never substantially proven.

WikiLeaks published hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman, John Podesta, and Democratic National Committee officials. Assange repeatedly said their sources for the leaks do not include the Russian government or any state party.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced earlier that the president ordered an investigation into the leaks that hounded his first few weeks in office, and that ultimately led to the resignation of Flynn.

On his Twitter debut, Assange already counts 65,123 followers and it would be interesting to watch his tweets from here on, especially those concerning the intel community he is so familiar with.

Assange will be tweeting from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been on asylum since 2012.


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