In an interview with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange once again denied that Russia was the site’s source for the Democratic National Committee emails.
“Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?” asked Hannity.
“Yes,” said Assange. “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.”
Assange has long claimed that U.S. intelligence officials have it all wrong when it comes to the DNC/Podesta hacks. From the outset, WikiLeaks has insisted that the emails came from a disgruntled Democrat insider. His assertion has been buoyed not only by Russian denials but by former U.S. intelligence experts who say the evidence – or lack thereof – points to a physical theft. These experts claim that the NSA would have been able to easily trace a phishing attack back to Russia; their inability to come up with a smoking gun, therefore, invites suspicion on their accusations.
Hannity asked if Obama was lying when he said the Russian government provided WikiLeaks with the emails, but Assange encouraged Americans to examine what the president was really saying.
“If you look at most of his statements, he doesn’t say that,” he said. “He doesn’t say that WikiLeaks obtained its information from Russia, worked with Russia.”
In fact, he noted, the intelligence agency reports made nary a mention of WikiLeaks.
“We had five different branches of government, Treasury, DHS, FBI, White House presenting their accusations to underpin Obama’s throwing out 29 Russian diplomats,” Assange said. “What was missing from all of those statements? The word WikiLeaks. It’s very strange.”
Asked if the leaks resulted in Trump’s election, Assange declined to speculate.
“Who knows, it’s impossible to tell,” he said. “But if it did, the accusation is that the true statements of Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, and the DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz – their true statements are what changed the election.”
Thank You! This is what keeps getting missed in all the furor over the hacks. Whether or not Russia was behind these leaked emails, the emails themselves were genuine. Vladimir Putin didn’t cost Hillary Clinton the election – Hillary Clinton, her team, and the Democratic Party cost themselves the election. Don’t act like cheating hypocrites and you can’t be exposed as cheating hypocrites.
Not surprising, though, that they would want to draw attention away from that particular lesson.