Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has reacted to the shock firing of FBI director James Comey by jokingly offering him a job. He also warned the dismissal will be an "extraordinary boon for transparency" as a tsunami of leaks is now expected.
"WikiLeaks would be happy to consider hiring James Comey to help lead its DC office should he like to properly investigate the US government". Assange said: "FBI source says the FBI will now start leaking like Niagara. But please FBI friends full docs or you know the press will spin it!"
Assange recently clashed with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and a slew of US intelligence officials after it emerged his arrest had become a "priority" for those in the administration of Donald Trump.
US spy chiefs have branded his organisation a "non-state hostile intelligence service."
The FBI director made headlines last week (3 May) after describing WikiLeaks "intelligence porn" after it leaked sensitive data from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Comey had brushed off the suggestion press freedom would be at risk should Assange be arrested by US authorities for publishing classified material.
The director was – without warning – let go from his high-profile position at the FBI by Trump. The New York Times reported he first learned of the news from media reports. The firing came amid an ongoing FBI-led investigation into the president's alleged links with the Russian government.
In recent weeks, a US grand jury had issued subpoenas for records of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was also previously fired by Trump after claims of Kremlin links boiled over. On 10 May, Trump was scheduled to meet with Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.
As the dust settled, Assange took to his own personal Twitter account to discuss the news and again call for the former FBI chief to work for his organisation, alluding to the fact his knowledge of the US political system could come in handy for the anti-secrecy group.
"Comey knows where many bodies are buried. Working for WikiLeaks is fulfilling. James - don't become another lobbyist," he tweeted, later adding: "Comey's firing will be an extraordinary boon for transparency as his loyalists leak and the admin counter-leaks. Will he run for 2020?"
The WikiLeaks account added: "If James Comey or any other former or current FBI officers have information as to why he was fired, we want to help." It linked to its content submission page. Alan Rusbridger, ex Guardian editor, said the incident "smells more and more" like Watergate.