LONDON, U.K. - As Trump is crowned the most powerful man on the planet - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims he has no evidence against Trump - in addition to outrightly denying any link with ...
• WikiLeaks defends its stance, fails to publish further emails under enormous pressure, claims Assange
• Assange claims he has no evidence against Trump
• Assange is currently at the Ecuadorian embassy in London
LONDON, U.K. - As Trump is crowned the most powerful man on the planet - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims he has no evidence against Trump - in addition to outrightly denying any link with Russia.
This, after WikiLeaks released Hillary Clinton’s emails during the election campaign and the democrats accused him of Russian ties, blaming him for leaking hacked emails to influence U.S. elections and mislead the public from voting for Clinton.
In a statement published on the group’s website, Assange has denied the allegations that his group has “a nefarious allegiance with Russia.”
He also said that the group came under “enormous pressure” to pause the publication of another set of emails from Clinton’s campaign.
He further added that efforts to discredit him by linking him to Russian President Vladimir Putin were nothing but the ‘red scare’ tactics used in the 1950s to hunt down communists.
He said, “The real victor is the U.S. public which is better informed as a result of our work. No one disputes the public importance of these publications. It would be unconscionable for WikiLeaks to withhold such an archive from the public during an election.”
The emails extracted from John D Podesta, the Chairman of Clinton’s campaign disclosed the contents of her paid speeches to Wall Street, bad blood between one of former President Bill Clinton confidant and his daughter, Chelsea.
Earlier this year, just a day before the Democratic convention began, a WikiLeaks dump of hacked DNC emails which showed a bias against Bernie Sanders forced the Democratic National Committee Chair Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign. Donna Brazile, Debbie’s interim replacement was also fired from a News broadcaster after she leaked a debate question to Clinton.
Assange said, “On the eve of the election, it is important to restate why we have published what we have. The right to receive and impart true information is the guiding principle of WikiLeaks – an organisation that has a staff and organisational mission far beyond myself. Our organisation defends the public's right to be informed.”
However, questions have been raised about why WikiLeaks targeted Clinton over the course of her campaign.
Assange retorts, “We publish material given to us if it is of political, diplomatic, historical or ethical importance and which has not been published elsewhere. When we have material that fulfils these criteria, we publish. We had information that fit our editorial criteria which related to the Sanders and Clinton campaign and the Clinton political campaign and Foundation.”
“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 fulfils 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 explained.
Addressing the annoyance expressed by Clinton supporters over the email dumps, Assange said, “We have endured intense criticism, primarily from Clinton supporters, for our publications. Many long-term supporters have been frustrated because we have not addressed this criticism in a systematic way or responded to a number of false narratives about Wikileaks' motivation or sources. Ultimately, however, if WL reacted to every false claim, we would have to divert resources from our primary work.”
Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last four years.
He has been allegedly operating from his quarter since then but after facing accusations of trying to influence the U.S. elections, his internet service were cut off by the embassy.
However, he still operates in association with his anonymous sources which he refuses to reveal. It would be a matter of debate in the coming months if leaked emails actually played a part in Clinton's fall.