WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief, Julian Assange, is boasting about how WikiLeaks’ release of hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails is affecting the US presidential election. He claimed the group released information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign . . .
“We have more material related to the Hillary Clinton campaign,” Assange told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “Anderson Cooper 360°” Friday night. “That is correct to say that.” He affirmed.
Assange has been dodgy about how WikiLeaks came into possession of internal DNC cyber information. Meanwhile, the FBI and Justice Department are investigating a computer hack of Democratic nominee Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The WikiLeaks revelation comes just days after the leak of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails. It will be recalled that US officials alleged Russian hackers prompting disaffection within the party. Ultimately, the DNC email leaks led to the abrupt resignation of its chairwoman, DEM Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Assange said release of the information 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. If we published after, you can just imagine how outraged the Democratic voting population would have been. It had to have been before (the convention)” he continued.
Cooper asked Assange if the hack was connected to his “personal animus” toward Clinton.
Photo L-R: Screengrab of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° & WiliLeaks founder, Julian Assange on Friday night’s CNN broadcast.
“There is a question whether you have a personal animus toward Hillary Clinton. You criticized her on a number of issues. You gave an interview to the British network back in June, suggesting you are more concerned about Clinton at least in terms of press freedom than Donald Trump,” Cooper said. “Do you stand by that? Is this based on a personal animus?”
“You can go back and look at that interview. I never said I wanted to do harm to Hillary Clinton, anything like that,” he said. “It was the presenter that used that term.” Assange shot back. He also said more material is forthcoming that is “extremely interesting. We have more material related to the Hillary Clinton campaign. That is correct to say that. Those are extremely interesting. We will see what will come of them.”
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, spoke from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Watch the WikiLeaks founder speak to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°” below: