James Comey may have just been fired by President Donald Trump from his position as FBI Director, but he already has a new job offer from a surprising source: WikiLeaks. Shortly after he was fired, Julian Assange tweeted that he would be happy to offer Comey a new job if he wanted to continue to properly investigate the U.S. government from WikiLeaks’ D.C. office.
The tweet was a bit of a surprise, considering that around the same time today, WikiLeaks retweeted a tweet from March 20 that called out Comey for misleading Congress about Republican emails not being released in 2016:
WikiLeaks also announced Comey’s firing with the following tweet, which pointed out a highly criticized statement he had made about WikiLeaks:
WikiLeaks also stated that it would welcome any information from Comey or other FBI officers about exactly why he was fired:
This tweet runs counter to the rumor often shared during the primary and the general election that WikiLeaks was not at all interested in any information that might be damaging to Trump.
Comey’s tenure this past year has been full of rumors, including unfounded rumors that he and WikiLeaks were working together. In October and November, some people believed that Comey’s announcement about the FBI investigating Clinton’s emails was timed to hurt her chances at being elected. But then after Trump was elected, Comey’s investigation into potential ties between Trump and Russia fueled rumors that Comey was siding with Democrats. It seemed that no matter what he did, his decisions sparked a lot of rumors.
Assange’s offer to hire Comey might quiet unfounded rumors that WikiLeaks was working with Russia, since Russia’s involvement with Trump’s campaign was exactly what Comey was last investigating when he was fired. (Comey doesn’t need to take Assange’s offer, however. His net worth is high enough to support him and his family, even without a salary.)
The bottom line is that rumors about Comey seem to be flip-flipping a lot lately. At one point, people speculated that Comey was on the Republicans’ side. Now that he’s been fired by the Republican President, rumors are pretty much flipped. Ultimately, this makes it seem that Comey was likely not on any political side, but just trying to do his job in a volatile and difficult environment.
Assange, meanwhile, is also encouraging Comey to run for President in 2020: