When Wikileaks came onto the scene eleven years ago, there were high hopes that Julian Assange‘s organization would tear away the veil of secrecy on information the public had a right to know. In its early days, the organization showed promise, helping to expose government corruption, law-breaking from within, and humanitarian violations while winning praise and accolades.
In recent years however, as Assange evades rape accusations* within London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, Wikileaks become little more than a pro-Russia, anti-Obama shill, aligning itself with President Trump’s most ardent enablers. And, as with others in this president’s corner, advocating for Trump has a tendency to make one sound ridiculous.
Yesterday, Wikileaks took ridiculous to a whole new level with this tweet:
Leaked emails reveal how Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Koreahttps://t.co/NoI4FhKrss
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 6, 2017
The attached Alternet article by Tim Shorrock describes how Seth Rogen wanted to embarrass Kim Jong-un with his 2014 film The Interview, how a CIA agent hoped it would spark a coup, and how government officials were concerned about how Kim would react to the global embarrassment, which ultimately led to the Sony hack.
The suggestion, however, that Seth Rogen was in on a plot to force regime change is a conspiracy theory unsupported by the article. The broad conclusion is the stuff Rogen might make a satirical movie about — actually, he already did.
Absurdity is par for the course when it comes to the theories of Trump defenders. So it’s no wonder Rogen isn’t taking the accusation seriously, responding with the Twitter equivalent of an eye roll.
You guys, they blew my cover. The CIA is going to be so pissed. https://t.co/7uVTypx2ER
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 7, 2017
Well played, Seth Rogen — if that is your real name.
*An earlier version of this story misstated the accusations against Assange.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com