FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails has become fodder for headlines from coast-to-coast and beyond. No matter what happens with the email controversy from here, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have already shaped the 2016 presidential election. Though voters are waiting with bated breath for the outcome of Comey’s latest investigation, the information that WikiLeaks has divulged can never be reversed. It’s all out there. All the dirt and secretive double dealing have been exposed. The Assange effect cannot be denied.
The WikiLeaks dumps can be compared to a judge who directs the court to strike something from the record during a trial. Though a stenographer can erase the information, in many ways, it’s too late, because members of the jury have already heard the evidence. How can a jury panel remove words from their minds once they have already been verbalized? In Greek mythology, closing Pandora’s Box was futile after the evils were released, just like WikiLeaks. Likewise, no matter what happens with the FBI’s probe into the Clinton email scandal, voters cannot forget what they already know. Forget about Woodward and Bernstein. WikiLeaks has become our only check and balance as far as national politics go. In essence, Assange has leveled the political playing field and Washington, D.C. insiders do not like it.
So, even if the FBI’s inquiry into the emails of Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton eventually stalls, constituents now know the real story. Thanks to WikiLeaks, a degree of transparency has been injected into a murky set of circumstances, no matter what the Department of Justice, the White House and anyone else says.
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