Wikileaks boss claims they will release damaging information about Hillary
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cancelled a planned appearance to mark the 10th anniversary of his organization from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London over security fears on Monday.
He had been planning to give a speech – amid claims he was about to release damaging information about Clinton which some claimed could be an ‘October Surprise’ which would swing the presidential election.
However, Assange, who is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning in connection with an alleged rape, will make an announcement via video link to an event in Berlin on Tuesday morning.
In a tweet on Monday afternoon, WikiLeaks said Assange’s speech in London was moved to Berlin due to ‘specific information’ but did not elaborate further.
Donald Trump’s former right-hand man Roger Stone claimed the new WikiLeaks revelations would destroy Clinton’s campaign.
In August this year, Assange told Fox News that he was holding information on Clinton which yielded ‘some quite unexpected angles, that are quite interesting, some even entertaining’.
He said he would release the information before the November 8 election.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the organisation will publish about one million documents related to the US election and three governments, but denies the release is aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.
Speaking via a video link, Mr Assange said the documents would be released before the end of the year, starting with an initial batch in the coming week.
Mr Assange, 45, who remains at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he sought refuge in 2012 to avoid possible extradition to Sweden, said the election material was “significant” and would come out before the November 8 US presidential election.
He criticised Mrs Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, for demonising the group’s work after a spate of releases related to the Democratic National Committee before the Democratic political convention in July.
Mr Assange said Mrs Clinton’s campaign had falsely suggested that accessing WikiLeaks data would make users vulnerable to malicious software.
But he denied the release of documents related to the US election was specifically geared to damage Mrs Clinton, saying he had been misquoted.
“The material that WikiLeaks is going to publish before the end of the year is of … a very significant moment in different directions, affecting three powerful organisations in three different states as well as … the US election process,” he said via a video link at an event marking the group’s 10th anniversary.
Mr Assange said the material would focus on war, weapons, oil, mass surveillance, the technology giant Google and the US election, but declined to give any details.
“There has been a misquoting of me and Wikileaks publications … [suggesting] we intend to harm Hillary Clinton or I intend to harm Hillary Clinton or that I don’t like Hillary Clinton. All those are false,” he said.
nothing to see here..he played it well assange..sure, there maybe some stuff come out in the next few weeks but there is no “october” surprise so far..