Although Friday’s WikiLeaks’ email dump has consumed former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and threatens to damage the presidential bid of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the ripple effect of the investigative group’s revelations has now reached cable network MSNBC.
Making use of an emerging theory the Russian Federation was behind the release of emails, MSNBC host Joy Reid hinted of an “affinity” shared between GOP nominee Donald Trump and Russia. Reid followed with a tweet vowing to expand on the hypothesis during her weekend talk show.
You are pushing a discredited conspiracy theory. There is no affinity, whatsoever. Our lawyers will monitor your program.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 24, 2016
Responding to Reid’s attempt to discredit Trump by linking Russia, Wikileaks and the GOP nominee, Wikileaks admonished Reid and stated attorneys with the organization would track her cable show, AM Joy.
Despite denials from Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, the notion Russia was involved in the hacking DNC’s computers is gaining steam and causing consternation at the Democratic convention. CNN reported federal investigators suspect Russian involvement, and Clinton campaign manager, Robby Mook, repeated the charge on ABC’s This Week.
When asked by This Week host George Stephanopoulos if the Trump campaign maintained a link with the Russian government, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort replied: “No, there are not. That’s absurd. And, you know, there’s no basis to it.”