Assange Reacts to Trump Victory

November 9, 2016 10:42 am Last Updated: November 9, 2016 1:07 pm

WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that has played an outsize role in this election, issued a comment on Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.

“By biasing its internal electoral market the DNC selected the less competitive candidate defeating the purpose of running a primary,” the WikiLeaks Twitter account wrote near midnight.

Throughout the 2016 elections, the website operated by Julian Assange published a trove of hacked Democratic National Committee emails—along with emails source from the Gmail account of longtime Clinton adviser John Podesta.

The DNC emails suggested that Democratic officials heavily favored Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders. They discussed strategies on how to rid themselves of Sanders after it became clear that Clinton would win.

A man dressed in red-white-and-blue sits on the curb during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump  in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. on Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A man dressed in red-white-and-blue sits on the curb during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. on Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Assange himself wrote a letter on Tuesday, explaining his reasoning in leaking the emails.

“At the same time, we cannot publish what we do not have. To date, we have not received information on Donald Trump’s campaign, or Jill Stein’s campaign, or Gary Johnson’s campaign or any of the other candidates that fufills our stated editorial criteria. As a result of publishing Clinton’s cables and indexing her emails we are seen as domain experts on Clinton archives. So it is natural that Clinton sources come to us,” he wrote.

He added that his website has “come under enormous pressure to stop publishing what the Clinton campaign says about itself to itself. That pressure has come from the campaign’s allies, including the Obama administration, and from liberals who are anxious about who will be elected US President.”

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