WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange likes Lord Halifax’s famous dictum that a successful political party "is but a conspiracy against the rest of the nation". He thinks it applies to both the US’s major parties, Democratic and Republican. He calls them "conspiratorial power groupings". A good way to bust them up, he posited in a 2006 blog post, would be to hack their internal conversations. A party of "conspirators" who ceased to feel safe sharing information with each other would "immediately fall into an organisational stupor and would lose to the other [party]". Assange has been given, and has gleefully taken, the chance to test his hypothesis from his bolt hole in Ecuador’s London embassy (where his welcome seems to be wearing thin, along with his internet access). The Kremlin has been supplying WikiLeaks — of this US intelligence is almost certain — with e-mails purloined from the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the personal account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinto...

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