The official account for WikiLeaks tweeted that they were looking to file a countersuit against the Democratic party, which sued the organization Friday along with the Trump campaign and the Russian government for alleged collusion.
Here’s what WikiLeaks responded
“The Democrats are suing @WikiLeaks and [WikiLeaks founder] @JulianAssange for revealing how the DNC rigged the Democratic primaries,” they tweeted.
The Democrats are suing @WikiLeaks and @JulianAssange for revealing how the DNC rigged the Democratic primaries. Help us counter-sue. We've never lost a publishing case and discovery is going to be amazing fun:https://t.co/E1QbYJL4bB
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 20, 2018
“Help us counter-sue. We’ve never lost a publishing case and discovery is going to be amazing fun,” the tweeted added, with a link to a donations page.
“Previously unimaginable treachery”
The federal lawsuit claims that the three defendants colluded in order to sway the 2016 election unfairly for the Trump campaign. “The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency,” the DNC alleges.
Earlier WikiLeaks tweeted a short statement decrying the lawsuit as a repetitive “publicity stunt” from the Democratic National Committee.
“DNC already has a moribund publicity lawsuit which the press has became bored of,” they tweeted, “hence the need to refile it as a “new” suit before mid-terms. As an accurate publisher of newsworthy information @WikiLeaks is constitutionally protected from such suits.”
Trump calls it “good news”
President Trump responded to the lawsuit in a tweet Friday and mirrored the comments from WikiLeaks about discovery. “Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats,” he said.
Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
“This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI,” he added, “the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails.”
An agent of Russia?
WikiLeaks has been frequently accused of being a front for the Russian government, a charge Assange denies vehemently. In March 2017, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said that the group was an agent of the Russian government.
“Look,” he told Jake Tapper on CNN, “I’m pretty close to the position that WikiLeaks is acting as an arm, as an agent, of the Russian Federation.”