WikiLeaks’ Assange: ‘We Have More Material’ on Hillary Clinton
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, didn’t say whether Russia was involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Convention, which led to his organization publishing some 20,000 emails last week.
But he did touch on Hillary Clinton and her campaign.
“We have more material related to the Hillary Clinton campaign,” Assange told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday night.
“That is correct to say that,” he said, speaking from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for several years.
Assange said last week’s release of the emails—which suggested that Democratic officials colluded to squash Bernie Sanders’ campaign and led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz—was timed to coincide with the start of the Democratic National Convention.
“That’s when we knew there would be maximum interest by readers, but also we have a responsibility to,” Assange told the network. “If we published after [the convention], you can just imagine how outraged the Democratic voting population would have been.”
Some U.S. intelligence officials believe Russian intelligence services hacked the DNC.
On Sunday, Assange elaborated on why he’s not giving up WikiLeaks’ sources.
“The difficulty that WikiLeaks has, of course, is that we can’t go around speculating on who our sources are. That would be irresponsible,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“I do think it’s an interesting question, of course, as to who our sources are. But as a source protection organization that many sources from across the world of many different types rely on to protect their identity, and their rights, to communicate the truth to the public. And that’s what we’re talking about here, communicating the truth,” Assange said.
“What I can say categorically is that we have published proof that the election campaign of Bernie Sanders was sabotaged in a corrupt manner by [former DNC Chair] Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others within the DNC,” he noted. “We can say that categorically. We have published proof. But as for anything else, we can only speculate.”
In an interview with ITV several months ago, Assange also said WikiLeaks has enough information on Clinton that could potentially lead to her indictment.