Assange said that the ABC, which ran an interview with Clinton by a senior staffer, Sarah Ferguson, on Monday night on the ABC's Four Corners programme, had not offered him a right of reply.
We have no record of such a request but regardless its pre-dates your Hillary Clinton interview by weeks and cannot be a right of reply to it. It is deceptive to suggest otherwise.— Julian Assange ? (@JulianAssange) 16 October 2017
Clinton described Assange as "a nihilistic opportunist" and "a tool of Russian intelligence".
When Four Corners producer Sally Neighbour responded, saying that Assange had been offered an interview on 19 September and he had not responded, Assange shot back: "We have no record of such a request but regardless it pre-dates your Hillary Clinton interview by weeks and cannot be a right of reply to it. It is deceptive to suggest otherwise."
But last night, Ferguson did not even once challenge assertions made by Clinton even as she blamed everyone in sight for her defeat – apart from herself.
No wonder Australian state TV @ABCTV @4corners broke their code of conduct for Hillary Clinton. Look at the extreme unprofessionality of the tax payer funded 'executive producer' behind it. Pathetic. https://t.co/1M4nbmt4hy pic.twitter.com/b5yuBx4aTZ— Julian Assange ? (@JulianAssange) 16 October 2017
Exactly why the ABC — which loves to claim that it is the one network that concentrates on hard news — chose to interview Clinton — who is basically yesterday's news — is unknown. The interview was touted as the first interview with Clinton by an Australian network. But then who else is lining up to interview a failed candidate who is still in denial about her loss?
The ABC also tried to push the interview as an exclusive – but there was nothing exclusive about it as Clinton traversed well-worn paths, blaming former FBI chief James Comey, misogyny. sexism, Trump and WikiLeaks for her defeat.
WikiLeaks has a pristine record for accuracy. HRC is not a credible person. The primary cause of her downfall was her own Machiavellian scheme to elevate Mr. Trump ("Pied Piper").— Julian Assange ? (@JulianAssange) October 15, 2017
Our last Russian expose was three weeks ago. https://t.co/MGa1z99vVU https://t.co/He4vgLIKBW
Clinton has already made numerous media appearances to push her book, What Happened, beginning on 30 June when she was interviewed by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of The Verge.
All these interviews are easily available online for anyone who cares to watch, so the ABC was not providing anything that is not accessible to those Australians who actually wish to see Clinton chew the same cud again and again.