After occupying a key role in U.S. political discourse during the 2016 presidential campaign, WikiLeaks suggested on Twitter Monday that it will be similarly active in 2017.
“If you thought 2016 was a big WikiLeaks year 2017 will blow you away,” the anti-secrecy organization said on Twitter, while also asking for donations. WikiLeaks uses Twitter as its primary mode of communication with the public.
If you thought 2016 was a big WikiLeaks year 2017 will blow you away. Help us prepare for the showdown:https://t.co/MsNZhrTzTL
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 1, 2017
WikiLeaks put Democrats on the defensive in 2016 by publishing a series of documents and emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
The DNC leaks revealed top DNC officials colluding against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, while the Podesta leaks lay bare the cozy relationship between the Clinton campaign and liberal journalists and made public Hillary Clinton’s paid Wall Street speeches, which she had tried to keep secret. (RELATED: Journalists Exposed By WikiLeaks Will Now Cover Trump White House)
A similar but unrelated organization, DCLeaks, published emails from former four-star general and secretary of state Colin Powell, as well as internal documents from the Open Society Foundations, the pet network of liberal billionaire George Soros.
Both WikiLeaks and DCLeaks have been accused of acting as a front for Russian hackers. (RELATED: Leaked Emails Show Clinton Campaign Coordinating With Soros Organization)