Republicans Warm Up To Assange

Republicans are making common cause with an old enemy: Julian Assange. 

In 2010, prominent figures in the GOP wanted the WikiLeaks founder jailed for releasing thousands of diplomatic cables leaked by former Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning.

Fast-forward to 2016, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his supporters are extolling the release of thousands of emails stolen from the personal account of Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.

The emails — around 10,000 of which have already been made public so far — have contained some embarrassing revelations for Clinton.

But the emails have ignited controversy. While some Republicans see the documents as fair game, others fret at the prospect of Russia tampering in the U.S. election.

“Presidential elections make strange bedfellows. I don’t see any risk at this stage because much of what’s being put out at this stage is not being refuted by the Clinton campaign,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.

Read more from Katie Bo Williams at The Hill

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