“No one has questioned the authenticity of the leaks” is a common talking point amongst commentrolls, but it won’t become true no matter how often it is repeated:
- John Podesta said he didn’t have time to sort the real docs from the doctored ones: https://twitter.com/johnpodesta/status/784539553281355776
- Mike Pompeo (Trump’s pick for CIA Director) said today that Wikileaks is not a credible source of information: https://www.rt.com/usa/373484-blackout-delays-cia-nominee-pompeo/
- Even if we believe Assange did not tamper with the leaked information, there is no “chain-of-custody”. The original hacker, or any number of go-betweens could have easily “spiced up” the information before passing it along.
I do not condone tampering with the primary process, but the imbalance caused by selective disclosure of campaign secrets is toxic for Democracy. On the basis of stolen intel, Richard Nixon blew George McGovern out of the water in 1972. Carrying such a tremendous advantage, the fact that DJT still got fewer votes in 2016 is a major humiliation — and some of his tweets reveal how he is rationalizing this to himself.