WikiLeaks vows to “blow world away” this year
“If you thought 2016 was a big WikiLeaks year, 2017 will blow you away,” WikiLeaks tweeted today, adding that a “showdown” is coming.
The vow comes just before Julian Assange‘s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity at the Ecuadorian Embassy where he is living under political asylum.
The WikiLeaks founder could reveal another shock bombshell during the televised interview tonight after releasing explosive emails during the US election race.
A constant stream of WikiLeaks emails hit Hillary Clinton’s campaign and helped turn public opinion against her, paving the way for Donald Trump’s victory.
But in tonight’s interview, Mr Assange will assure the American people that the Russian Government was not its source for leaks during the US election campaign.
WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.
In a clip of tonight’s Fox News interview, Mr Hannity asks if the DNC and Podesta emails were from “Russia or anyone associated with Russia”.
Mr Assange replies: “We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.”
US intelligence agencies have now concluded that Russia ordered hackers to carry out cyber attacks in a bid to help Donald Trump win the election in November.
Outgoing Democratic President Barack Obama has since expelled Russian diplomats in retaliation for suspected hacking and meddling in the election.
During tonight’s TV interview, Mr Assange will say: “So, why such a dramatic response? Well, the reason is obvious.
“They’re trying to delegitimise the Trump administration as it goes into the White House.”
“Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true. But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House,” Assange said.
“So, why such a dramatic response? Well, the reason is obvious. They’re trying to delegitimise the Trump administration as it goes into the White House.
“They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president.”
Mr Assange denied the information from the emails was obtained by Russia.
“Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no,” he said.
“But if we look at our most recent statement from the US government, which is on December 29, OK, we had five different branches of government, Treasury, DHS, FBI, White House, presenting their accusations to underpin Obama’s throwing out 29 Russian diplomats.
“What was missing from all of those statements? The word WikiLeaks. It’s very strange.”
Asked if he thought WikiLeaks had changed the course of the US election, Mr Assange told Fox News channel: “Who knows? It’s impossible to tell.
President-elect Donald Trump has sparked a fresh furore by again casting doubt over the government’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the US election via cyber-attacks, citing the claims of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The comments come on the eve of the first public hearing in Congress on the alleged hacking, led by strong Trump and Russia critic John McCain, who called Moscow’s actions an “act of war.” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers are due to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
The incoming president, who on Friday will be briefed by US spy chiefs on Moscow’s alleged election hack, earned widespread criticism when he appeared to trust Assange more than the intelligence services that will report to him starting on January 20.
In a series of tweets starting late Tuesday, he taunted the CIA, FBI and other agencies, suggesting they still don’t have proof Russia penetrated Democratic party computers and gave the documents to WikiLeaks.
“The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!” Trump said.
And then early Wednesday, after Assange appeared on Fox News denying the Russian government gave WikiLeaks stolen Democratic documents, Trump followed up: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14-year-old could have hacked Podesta’ — why was DNC so careless?”
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