Trick or Treat: 7 potential ‘October surprises’ for Clinton from Wikileaks' Assange

Published October 4th, 2016 - 22:47 GMT

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In US politics, an “October surprise” is when a major event occurs in (or close to) October – the month before the presidential elections in November – which significantly affects the race and its outcome. In 2012, it was Hurricane Sandy – particularly president Obama’s response to it and the extensive praise he received from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who supported Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney. Sometimes they’re about the Middle East. In 1980, reports emerged just before the election that Iran would not release its hostages from the US embassy in Tehran until after the election, and did so just minutes after Jimmy Carter left office and Ronald Reagan was sworn in.

Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange has promised an “October surprise” for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for quite some time. A long-time critic of her, in the past, he has leaked intel purporting to show Clinton supported arming jihadists in Syria while secretary of state, as well as other information. But on Tuesday, Assange finally spoke only to say he had no “October surprise” to reveal at the moment, but would be releasing documents pertaining to the election every week until the vote.

So what could his surprise be? Does he have anything at all? Some of the following theories are plausible, others completely unsubstantiated. Take a look at 7 “October surprises” Assange may have had, or will have, for Clinton. Continue reading below »

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The infidelities of Bill are well-known, but some have suggested that  Hillary has cheated too. The widow of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, claims they had a lesbian affair in the 1970s, and there are rumors Clinton has had a lesbian relationship with senior advisor Huma Abedin. Could Assange be the one to confirm this?
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Image 1 of 7:  1 / 7The infidelities of Bill are well-known, but some have suggested that Hillary has cheated too. The widow of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, claims they had a lesbian affair in the 1970s, and there are rumors Clinton has had a lesbian relationship with senior advisor Huma Abedin. Could Assange be the one to confirm this?

(Source: AFP/Stan Honda)

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The Clinton Foundation, established by Bill and Hillary as a non-profit humanitarian organization, has long been criticized from taking significant donations from foreign governments and major corporations. Maybe Assange has some dirt on a donation from particularly troubling source.
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Image 2 of 7:  2 / 7The Clinton Foundation, established by Bill and Hillary as a non-profit humanitarian organization, has long been criticized from taking significant donations from foreign governments and major corporations. Maybe Assange has some dirt on a donation from particularly troubling source.

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Donald Trump once accused Clinton and Obama of “founding ISIS (Daesh),” alluding to the US’s withdrawal from Iraq that preceded the group’s rise in the country. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi founded Daesh, but Assange has accused Clinton of arming other Syrian jihadist groups in the past. Perhaps he's got something more on this.
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Image 3 of 7:  3 / 7Donald Trump once accused Clinton and Obama of “founding ISIS (Daesh),” alluding to the US’s withdrawal from Iraq that preceded the group’s rise in the country. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi founded Daesh, but Assange has accused Clinton of arming other Syrian jihadist groups in the past. Perhaps he's got something more on this.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Many hardcore Trump fans think Hillary is anywhere from epileptic, to having Parkinson’s so bad that she can’t even drink normal water. The rumors moved from the semi-fringe alt-right to the mainstream after she collapsed on September 11th. Maybe Assange sought a second opinion from a doctor in London’s Ecuadorian embassy?
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Image 4 of 7:  4 / 7Many hardcore Trump fans think Hillary is anywhere from epileptic, to having Parkinson’s so bad that she can’t even drink normal water. The rumors moved from the semi-fringe alt-right to the mainstream after she collapsed on September 11th. Maybe Assange sought a second opinion from a doctor in London’s Ecuadorian embassy?

(Source: AFP/File)

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Teresa Barnwell has worked as a Hillary impersonator for 23 years, but the California actress was hurled into the spotlight after the aforementioned collapse. Some cited Hillary’s reappearing fit as can be shortly afterwards as proof that she had a body double. But Barnwell insisted she was in California at the time. Fact or fiction?
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Image 5 of 7:  5 / 7Teresa Barnwell has worked as a Hillary impersonator for 23 years, but the California actress was hurled into the spotlight after the aforementioned collapse. Some cited Hillary’s reappearing fit as can be shortly afterwards as proof that she had a body double. But Barnwell insisted she was in California at the time. Fact or fiction?

(Source: YouTube)

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Hillary (and Bill!) stand accused of being part of the reptilian elite poised to enslave the human race! So says former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who also includes other world leaders in the shape-shifting extraterrestrial humanoid club. Assange would be a hero to conspiracy theorists if he could prove this totally unfounded theory.
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Image 6 of 7:  6 / 7Hillary (and Bill!) stand accused of being part of the reptilian elite poised to enslave the human race! So says former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who also includes other world leaders in the shape-shifting extraterrestrial humanoid club. Assange would be a hero to conspiracy theorists if he could prove this totally unfounded theory.

(Source: National Geographic)

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Trump-Clinton alliance? Hillary and Bill seemed happy at Trump and wife Melanie’s wedding. And Trump seemed happy to have them. “I didn’t know him that well,” Hillary said. Trump later said, “Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding. She had no choice because I gave to [the Clinton] foundation.'
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Image 7 of 7:  7 / 7Trump-Clinton alliance? Hillary and Bill seemed happy at Trump and wife Melanie’s wedding. And Trump seemed happy to have them. “I didn’t know him that well,” Hillary said. Trump later said, “Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding. She had no choice because I gave to [the Clinton] foundation."

(Source: Screenshot)

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The infidelities of Bill are well-known, but some have suggested that  Hillary has cheated too. The widow of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, claims they had a lesbian affair in the 1970s, and there are rumors Clinton has had a lesbian relationship with senior advisor Huma Abedin. Could Assange be the one to confirm this?

Image 1 of 7The infidelities of Bill are well-known, but some have suggested that Hillary has cheated too. The widow of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, claims they had a lesbian affair in the 1970s, and there are rumors Clinton has had a lesbian relationship with senior advisor Huma Abedin. Could Assange be the one to confirm this?

(Source: AFP/Stan Honda)

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The Clinton Foundation, established by Bill and Hillary as a non-profit humanitarian organization, has long been criticized from taking significant donations from foreign governments and major corporations. Maybe Assange has some dirt on a donation from particularly troubling source.

Image 2 of 7The Clinton Foundation, established by Bill and Hillary as a non-profit humanitarian organization, has long been criticized from taking significant donations from foreign governments and major corporations. Maybe Assange has some dirt on a donation from particularly troubling source.

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Donald Trump once accused Clinton and Obama of “founding ISIS (Daesh),” alluding to the US’s withdrawal from Iraq that preceded the group’s rise in the country. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi founded Daesh, but Assange has accused Clinton of arming other Syrian jihadist groups in the past. Perhaps he's got something more on this.

Image 3 of 7Donald Trump once accused Clinton and Obama of “founding ISIS (Daesh),” alluding to the US’s withdrawal from Iraq that preceded the group’s rise in the country. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi founded Daesh, but Assange has accused Clinton of arming other Syrian jihadist groups in the past. Perhaps he's got something more on this.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Many hardcore Trump fans think Hillary is anywhere from epileptic, to having Parkinson’s so bad that she can’t even drink normal water. The rumors moved from the semi-fringe alt-right to the mainstream after she collapsed on September 11th. Maybe Assange sought a second opinion from a doctor in London’s Ecuadorian embassy?

Image 4 of 7Many hardcore Trump fans think Hillary is anywhere from epileptic, to having Parkinson’s so bad that she can’t even drink normal water. The rumors moved from the semi-fringe alt-right to the mainstream after she collapsed on September 11th. Maybe Assange sought a second opinion from a doctor in London’s Ecuadorian embassy?

(Source: AFP/File)

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Teresa Barnwell has worked as a Hillary impersonator for 23 years, but the California actress was hurled into the spotlight after the aforementioned collapse. Some cited Hillary’s reappearing fit as can be shortly afterwards as proof that she had a body double. But Barnwell insisted she was in California at the time. Fact or fiction?

Image 5 of 7Teresa Barnwell has worked as a Hillary impersonator for 23 years, but the California actress was hurled into the spotlight after the aforementioned collapse. Some cited Hillary’s reappearing fit as can be shortly afterwards as proof that she had a body double. But Barnwell insisted she was in California at the time. Fact or fiction?

(Source: YouTube)

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Hillary (and Bill!) stand accused of being part of the reptilian elite poised to enslave the human race! So says former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who also includes other world leaders in the shape-shifting extraterrestrial humanoid club. Assange would be a hero to conspiracy theorists if he could prove this totally unfounded theory.

Image 6 of 7Hillary (and Bill!) stand accused of being part of the reptilian elite poised to enslave the human race! So says former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who also includes other world leaders in the shape-shifting extraterrestrial humanoid club. Assange would be a hero to conspiracy theorists if he could prove this totally unfounded theory.

(Source: National Geographic)

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Trump-Clinton alliance? Hillary and Bill seemed happy at Trump and wife Melanie’s wedding. And Trump seemed happy to have them. “I didn’t know him that well,” Hillary said. Trump later said, “Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding. She had no choice because I gave to [the Clinton] foundation.'

Image 7 of 7Trump-Clinton alliance? Hillary and Bill seemed happy at Trump and wife Melanie’s wedding. And Trump seemed happy to have them. “I didn’t know him that well,” Hillary said. Trump later said, “Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding. She had no choice because I gave to [the Clinton] foundation."

(Source: Screenshot)

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