Confronting the likelihood of defeat for Donald Trump, Wikileaks — which has been praised by Republicans and criticized by Democrats for publishing hacked emails embarrassing Hillary Clinton and her party — complained on Twitter in the early hours of Friday morning that the entire election process in the United States is “rigged.”
The group’s tweet was posted after 3 a.m. local time in London, where its founder, Julian Assange, has been effectively confined in Ecuador’s embassy for more than four years. Earlier in the week, Ecuador confirmed that it had blocked Assange from using the embassy’s internet connection, citing his apparent efforts to influence the outcome of the U.S. election.
The claim about a rigged process, which echoes rhetoric Trump has used since the primary campaign, is not new for the organization. In August, the group’s Twitter account made a similar accusation after Clinton’s popularity with voters increased despite the publication of emails showing that party officials had privately favored her over Bernie Sanders during the primary campaign.