Anyone who stayed up late or got up early anticipating an "October Surprise" from WikiLeaks heard no bombshells from the organization's founder in an overnight appearance via video.
Julian Assange, who was originally planning to make an announcement from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has lived for five years, instead appeared via videolink at a Berlin conference commemorating the leaked email clearinghouse's 10-year anniversary.
Despite widespread speculation he would reveal game-changing information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Assange's 3 a.m. ET appearance featured no new revelations, although he did promise to publish information regarding the presidential election “every week for the next 10 weeks.”
The anticipation for this great "reveal" was amped up by one of Donald Trump's surrogates.
Well when asked if he was still going to destroy Hillary's campaign, Assange said this:Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 2, 2016
“There’s been a lot of misquoting of me and Wikileaks publications,” Assange said when asked if he believed his work would end Hillary Clinton’s political career.
However it should be noted that he himself said that his information was "significant" and could be a game changer.
This did not go over well with some Assange supporters:
So Assange is shilling his book now. I guess that's the #OctoberSurprise. Good lord. Can't believe I stayed up this late.— Deplorable Frank (@TruthVictorious) October 4, 2016
Hillary is cackling and Assange got a big check. I wonder if it will be delivered by drone? #wikirolled #Octobersurprise— Teri Cottone (@TeriCottone) October 4, 2016
So far the biggest impact that Wikileaks has had was to get Debbie Wasserman-Schultz fired as the head of the DNC. (Which I still contend was due to pressure by Sanders' supporters and a misreading of those leaked DNC e-mails.)I haven't been this disappointed since Junior Prom night. #OctoberSurprise #JulianAssange #WikileaksPressConference— Bill McNeel (@billymacvegas) October 4, 2016
Other than that most of his leaked material has had very little effect, and now that he and his organization have been linked to Russia, people are starting to suspect that his motives are not as honorable as they were once given credit for being.