When news of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House hit, people went nuts. Reservations for the book are in the hundreds at some stores, and the only way you’re going to be guaranteed an immediate copy is hitting up Amazon for a digital version or Audible for the audiobook version.
If you’re low on cash though after the holidays or you’re a traditionalist, however, you may not be able to get your hands on the book. In response to that, WikiLeaks has made sure that everyone with access to the internet can obtain a copy of the book for free.
‘New Trump book “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. Full PDF:’
First off, we have to note that this would be pirating, and that is illegal. Furthermore, it would hurt the profits that Wolff would make from the book. So, we are not suggesting anyone go out and download a copy. Currently, the book is unable to be downloaded anyways. After clicking the download link (I already own a copy), Google displayed this message:
‘Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later.’
However, the move on WikiLeaks’ part is an interesting move considering they have been well-hated by liberals and Hillary Clinton supporters since the 2016 election upset that put Trump in the White House. Many blame WikiLeaks for her loss because of the fact they released damaging documents and emails from the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
On election day, Assange released a statement on the election and explained why the organization had published the documents they had.
‘The right to receive and impart true information is the guiding principle of WikiLeaks – an organization that has a staff and organizational mission far beyond myself. Our organization defends the public’s right to be informed.
‘This is why, irrespective of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work.
‘To date, we have not received information on Donald Trump’s campaign, or Jill Stein’s campaign, or Gary Johnson’s campaign or any of the other candidates that fulfills our stated editorial criteria. As a result of publishing Clinton’s cables and indexing her emails we are seen as domain experts on Clinton archives. So it is natural that Clinton sources come to us.
‘This is not due to a personal desire to influence the outcome of the election. The Democratic and Republican candidates have both expressed hostility towards whistleblowers. I spoke at the launch of the campaign for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, because her platform addresses the need to protect them. This is an issue that is close to my heart because of the Obama administration’s inhuman and degrading treatment of one of our alleged sources, Chelsea Manning. But WikiLeaks publications are not an attempt to get Jill Stein elected or to take revenge over Ms Manning’s treatment either.’
Whether that’s the truth, we can’t say especially since it’s been shown WikiLeaks attempted to reach out to the Trump campaign. What we can say is the “real victor” of the election does not seem to be the American people as many people now suffer underneath an orange ignoramus tyrant who, according to Fire and Fury, never wanted to win the election, to begin with.
Just the opposite, Republicans loved WikiLeaks for their contributions to the 2016 election and forgot all about the issues they had with the organization during the Bush administration.
Can WikiLeaks’ newest move redeem them to some degree with Democrats? Maybe. However, it’s just as likely, however, that the move will do nothing to improve the way they are viewed. Some on social media believe WikiLeaks made the move to hurt Wolff for writing something negative about the president.
Furthermore, we can’t expect Republicans to enjoy the wide release of the book.
People, however, need to read the book. All people should be informed. They should also be allowed to view the book and come to their own conclusions. It may not be the conclusion we would want them to come to; however, they still need to be presented with the information. That’s what WikiLeaks has done, whether their intentions were to punish Wolff or to just make the information easy to access.
Twitter users responded to WikiLeaks’ tweet, and many of the responses were mixed. You can check them out below.
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