The election is in five weeks.
Trump-loving Breitbart News described Tuesday's presser as an “Assange rick roll.” Matt Drudge dubbed it “WikiTease.”
Journalists and news outlets across the political spectrum agreed that this particular “October surprise” was a total dud.
It is possible, of course, that WikiLeaks really will reveal something monumental before American voters go to the polls. But Assange seemed to downplay expectations when he spoke from London.
“There's been a lot of misquoting of me and WikiLeaks publications,” he said. “In this particular case, the misquoting has to do with 'we intend to harm Hillary Clinton' or 'I intend to harm Hillary Clinton' or 'I don't like Hillary Clinton.' All those are false. … Are our coming publications significant, in relation to the U.S. election? Yeah, we think they're significant. Do they show interesting features of U.S. power factions and how they operate? Yes, they do." (Actually, the most common misquote on this story seems to involve whether Assange actually said he has potentially indictment-worthy evidence against Hillary Clinton. The answer, despite numerous reports, appears to be: It's far from clear that he has.)
That's not exactly an advertisement for a game-changing leak. It sounds like those who were hoping WikiLeaks would rock the campaign and bring down Clinton with a colossal exposé will continue to be disappointed.