Because of his antipathy for the United States, Assange made common cause with Moscow, whose leadership is virulently anti-American. We should be deeply disturbed by the excesses the U.S. intelligence community has exhibited in recent years — whether it be illegal surveillance or the despicable attempt to overturn a legitimate presidential election in 2016 — but it’s also important to understand that most people in the intelligence community are patriots. They are trying to defend the country as best they can (often in spite of turgid political leadership and sclerotic bureaucracies). Thanks to Assange, their ability to defend the United States from severe threats posed by China and Russia has been hampered.
“While it is fair to state that political operators, such as Paul Manafort and Carter Page (who are more or less hired guns working for the highest bidder), had some odd dealings in their past with unsavory Russian figures, and while it is also fair to claim that the Trump Organization—a multinational corporation—may have done business with entities linked to Russia, that does not mean that Donald Trump is working in collusion with Russia to advance Russian interests. More important, there is no proof indicating that either Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to “steal” the election from Hillary Clinton.”