Posted by: maboulette | August 26, 2016

Wikileaks and Clinton Diagnosis

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On Sunday, after combing through Hillary Clinton’s publicly released emails for any signs of illness, WikiLeaks found what appeared to them to be a secreted diagnosis. Clinton was even looking into taking pills to fix it.

“Clinton & ‘decision fatigue.’ 2 months later looked into wakeup pills,” WikiLeaks tweeted. The Twitter account then pointed to two of Clinton’s emails, which have been searchable on WikiLeaks’s website since March.

The group doubled down on its “discovery” on Monday morning. “Clinton looked at drug after suffering from ‘decision fatigue,’” it tweeted.

In the email, sure enough, Clinton replies to a New York Times article about the sometimes paralyzing “decision fatigue.”

“Wow that is spooky descriptive,” she wrote to an aide on Aug. 19, 2011. It looks like a smoking gun.

There is one problem, however: “Decision fatigue” is not an illness. It is a consumer behavior term for the feeling you get when you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of options at, say, Costco.

In one of the most famous papers on decision fatigue, subjects—or maybe we should call them sufferers—are observed on their “willpower to resist the Mars bars and Skittles” at the supermarket.

That’s right: According to WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton is dying of the effects of her many years as a bargain shopaholic.

Jonathan Levav helped promote the term earlier this decade, when his work on decision fatigue—and how it might affect court rulings—was featured in the Times story Clinton read in 2011.

“This WikiLeaks idea that decision fatigue is a ‘disease’ with some kind of medical cure is somewhere between hilarious and ridiculous,” he told The Daily Beast. “No, it’s not a medical condition.”

But its proof she’s presenting symptoms of something much bigger, right?

“Decision fatigue is just the name for a phenomenon,” said Levav, who’s an associate professor of marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “We don’t really know if people are literally getting tired.”

These facts, of course, will not stop those who already believes in the conspiracy that Clinton is dying of an unknown illness. Conspiracy theories planted by far-right wing fringe websites about Clinton’s health made their way into the talking points of Donald Trump campaign surrogates like Corey Lewandowski and Rudy Giuliani last week.

Giuliani for 2 weeks now has  implored citizens to “do an internet search for ‘Hillary Clinton illness,’” which will bring those Googlers directly to a video that alleges she has everything from Parkinson’s to syphilis to brain cancer to autism, and sometimes all of them at once, according to a video on YouTube viewed 3 million times this month alone. That video is hosted on InfoWars, a website owned by Alex Jones, who once alerted his audience to a secret government program producing “people with gills” and “humanoids crossed with fish.”; who also believes that 9/11 was an inside job.

Since WikiLeaks published 20,000 hacked Democratic National Committee emails shortly before the Democratic National Convention—ones that showed some committee staffers openly rooted for Clinton while floating probable smears against primary rival Bernie Sanders—those tweeting from the organization’s account have taken what many outlets consider to be a pro-Trump stance. The FBI, along with most independent defense experts, believe the DNC hack was carried out by Russia.

Russia’s Kremlin-backed propaganda arm Sputnik was first to jump on Wikileaks’ “decision fatigue” diagnosis. “Clinton Emails Discuss Whether to Take Drug Used to Treat ‘Decision Fatigue,’” Sputnik’s wire service wrote on Tuesday. InfoWars quickly followed suit.

This week, WikiLeaks pushed the Trump campaign’s new talking point: debunked claims about Clinton’s health. The group tweeted about an alleged illness three times on Monday, as websites such as The Drudge Report and Breitbart, and Fox News’ Sean Hannity pointed to pictures of Hillary Clinton sitting on pillows to prove that she is either infirmed, or wearing a catheter, or peppered with syphilis.

It’s impossible to know which disease she has, as WikiLeaks and other Trump surrogates appear to have an acute case of decision fatigue.

Assange believes Clinton wants to him have him indicted for the release of thousands of secret diplomatic cables. Some believe that this is his rational for looking for anything to stop the success of her presidential campaign.

 

 


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