The tweets are said to have been sent in a direct group message between Assange and around 10 of WikiLeaks' most loyal supporters on Twitter. The group is described as a "low security channel for some very long term and reliable supporters,"according to the news outlet.
In the autumn of 2015, when the idea of Donald Trump becoming the next US president was still deemed highly unlikely by most political pundits, the iconic whistleblower spoke candidly about Clinton and his preference for a GOP victory. “We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” he reportedly wrote. “Dems+Media+liberals woudl (sic) then form a block to reign in their worst qualities.” A couple minutes later, he apparently called the Democratic candidate a "bright, well connected, sadistic sociopath.”
However, Assange's preference for a GOP win didn't seem to come from his loyalty to America's conservatives. In fact, he apparently admitted that Republicans would "generate a lot oposition (sic), including through dumb moves."
However, he also noted that "Hillary will do the same thing, but co-opt the liberal opposition and the GOP opposition." Assange went on to conclude that Hillary "has greater freedom to start wars than the GOP and has the will to do so."
A few months later, after Super Tuesday, Assange lambasted the idea of Clinton in the White House "with her bloodlutt (sic) and amitions (sic) of empire with hawkish liberal-interventionist appointees like [Anne-Marie] Slaughter and digital expansionists such as Google integrated into the power structure. Then the republicans (sic) and trump (sic) in opposition constantly saying she’s weak and not invading enough.”
Around the same time, after Bernie Sanders suffered major losses to Clinton in the Democratic primary, Assange wrote: "Perhaps Hillary will have a stroke."
He also said that her "role in the war in Libya is what should bring her down, however, the GOP is too close to others who have benefited to exploit this, it seems. That Hillary helped to sew the foundation for ISIS against pentagon generals (sic) advice seems huge. But the GOP resolutely ignores it. Hillary has so muc hslime (sic) on her shirt it is now hard to make dirt stick."
The archive, which was obtained by The Intercept, spans from May 2015 to November 2017 and includes 11,000 messages. More than 10 percent of them were written from the WikiLeaks account. The Intercept has made the assumption that the WikiLeaks account was controlled by Assange, stating that such an assumption is "widely understood" and noting that he refers to himself "in the third person majestic plural, as he often does."