Wikileaks may still be offline, but Nancy Pelosi is planning a document dump of her own.
A week ago, on Cyber Monday, Wikileaks announced that its planned return to the internet would have to be delayed. The new and improved Wikileaks was supposed to launch Monday after more than a year offline, but was forced to delay as it’s still working on innovative new security measures to protect sources of its high-profile document dumps.
One source who doesn’t need protection for her own document dump, however, is Nancy Pelosi.
Speaking with Talking Points Memo, Pelosi indicated she has “a thousand pages” of dirt on Newt Gingrich, and she is ecstatic that he’s surging in the polls for Republican nominee for president.
“I like Barney Frank’s quote the best, where he said ‘I never thought I’d live such a good life that I would see Newt Gingrich be the nominee of the Republican party'” Pelosi told TPM. She elaborated: “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”
She’s holding her cards for now, but “when the time is right,” she said, “one of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich.”
Political branding is a strange thing—it’s endlessly mysterious which gaffes and triumphs stick with candidates and which just slide off. Romney seems to have been effectively stuck with the “flip-flop” stigma, but for some reason the public has forgotten about the Newt Gingrich of last spring, who raised eyebrows with a million-dollar line of credit at Tiffany’s and whose entire campaign staff quit when he decided to go on a cruise with his wife rather than hitting the campaign trail.
Pelosi seems pretty confident that her document leak will be a game-changer for Gingrich. She investigated him for “tax cheating and campaign finance violations,” but maybe more damning than anything for Republicans, she appeared alongside him in a 2008 ad about the urgency of addressing climate change.
Today Julian Assange won his latest plea to appeal his extradition to Sweden. For the time being, he will stay under house arrest in the UK and work on the relaunch of the new Wikileaks. But if Newt Gingrich keeps lighting up opinion polls as voting begins in Iowa and New Hampshire, Nancy Pelosi might beat him to the punch with the biggest high-profile document leak in recent memory.
Something tells me that if she does, Attorney General Eric Holder won’t be calling for her head on a stick.