WikiLeaks Cancels Assange Appearance Over Security Concerns
WikiLeaks cancelled an announcement that was scheduled for Tuesday due to “security concerns” according to an NBC News producer.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was scheduled to appear on a balcony of London’s Ecuadorian embassy to make an unknown announcement on Oct. 4. His message is expected to be related to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Due to security concerns at the Ecuadorian Embassy, Julian Assange’s balcony announcement on Tues has been cancelled, per @wikileaks
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) September 30, 2016
The organization’s founder will appear via video link instead at WikiLeaks’ 10th anniversary event in Berlin on Tuesday.
“On the opening day of WikiLeaks’ ten year anniversary period this press conference will announce new initiatives and provide updates on publishing and legal events,” WikiLeaks said on Facebook on Oct. 3.
WikiLeaks released more than 19,000 emails and 8,000 attachments from top Democratic National Committee officials on July 22.
The leak showed the DNC actively working with the Clinton campaign against Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries.
The trove of documents also included voice memos, receipts, seating charts, and invitations to events.
The emails spanned from January 2015 to May 25, 2016. WikiLeaks did not say how it obtained the files, but the DNC server was hacked in June by a hacker named “Guccifer 2.0,” who claimed to have passed on a heap of files to the organization.
WikiLeaks said the data released during the summer was the first part of a “Hillary Leaks” series, and had said early August that more documents would be released soon.
Meanwhile, Roger Stone, a supporter of Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Oct. 2 that Clinton would be “done” on Wednesday after the Wikileaks announcement.
Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 2, 2016