Despite repeated demands from Democrats as well as Republicans, President-elect Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns.
By Rakesh Raman
Secret information service WikiLeaks released the result of its new survey – “What most needs to be leaked?” – on Sunday.
According to the survey, 64% respondents said they want WikiLeaks to release secret data related to CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) plots on 81 elections and just 9% were interested in Kremlin corruption.
Surprisingly, only 13% survey respondents asked WikiLeaks to bring President-elect Donald Trump’s income tax returns in the public domain while this had been a burning topic during the entire election season.
Over 79,000 people participated in the Twitter survey. RMN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the survey.
What most needs to be leaked?
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 15, 2017
Despite repeated demands from Democrats as well as Republicans, Trump has refused to release his tax returns. Many believe that Trump’s tax returns can reveal about his shady business deals with Russia and other entities in different parts of the world.
As he has been offering lame excuses about the delay in releasing returns, it is largely believed that he wants to hide something that can put his presidency in jeopardy.
Although Trump claims that he runs profitable businesses, independent reports suggest that his businesses are under heavy debt.
According to a new report mentioned by The Independent, Trump’s companies are under a debt of nearly $1.8 billion to more than 150 institutions – raising questions about potential conflicts of interests. That’s why Trump is reluctant to reveal his tax information.
While WikiLeaks has asked the question about Trump’s tax returns in its survey, it is assumed that the site has obtained the documents secretly and it will release them if Trump failed to toe the line marked by Russia or WikiLeaks.
In this case also, the possibility of Russia’s involvement in supplying Trump’s tax documents to WikiLeaks cannot be ruled out, as it is being alleged that Russia had hacked the U.S. election-related data and given it to the site’s founder Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks’ very purpose of including the tax question in the survey is supposed to warn Trump that depending on his future political behavior the secret information site can release his tax data.
Therefore, these days, it can be seen that Trump has adopted a very friendly approach toward WikiLeaks and Russia.
The Inauguration Day ceremony will take place on January 20, 2017 when Trump is scheduled to begin his four-year term as President.
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