Sean Hannity cited a report originating from a website filled with conspiracy theories -- including claims that UFOs had risen from the sea near England -- to baselessly claim that 20,000 of Hillary Clinton's emails may be released by the Kremlin.
On the March 10 edition of The Sean Hannity Show, Hannity claimed that “there’s a report out today the Kremlin may release 20,000 of Hillary’s hijacked and hacked emails,” citing GatewayPundit, Russia Today (RT), and the Associated Press (AP).
While RT and AP did not report on the claim, a post on GatewayPundit cited WhatDoesItMean.com to claim that “the Kremlin is debating whether to release the 20,000 emails they have hacked off of Hillary Clinton's server.”
Currently, WhatDoesItMean.com boasts front page headlines such as “Northern England Stunned After British Fighter Jets Battle UFO,” “Russia Warned Of ‘Wrath Of God’ Event As West Prepares To Honor New Planet With Satanic Ritual,” “Music Icon Prince Dies After Obama Regime Fails To Heed Russian Warning,” and “Mysterious Planet Ejected From Black Hole At Center Of Galaxy Warned Could Soon Impact Earth.”
Hannity’s dubious claim comes after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump received widespread criticism for citing The National Enquirer to hype a conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz’s father had been involved in the JFK assassination. While media figures have called for their colleagues to better address Trump’s conspiracy theories, Hannity has embraced Trump’s strategy. Hannity has encouraged Trump to cite false statistics from hoax websites before and has endorsed the candidate.
According to The New York Times, there has been no evidence that Clinton's email was hacked by foreign governments.