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Julian Assange hits back after US intelligence report, calling it a ‘press release’
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange described a report into the hacking of the US election as “a press release.” Picture: AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange insisted overnight that the leaked Democratic Party material they published before the US presidential election did not come from the Russian government.
A report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released last Friday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering the operation in which computer hackers stole Democratic Party files and fed them to WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange asaid the report was “clearly designed for political effect.” Picture: AFP/Ben StansallSource:AFP
US intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a campaign of hacking and media manipulation to up-end the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“This is a press release. It’s clearly designed for political effect,” Assange said in an online press conference overnight.
“No evidence of anything is presented anywhere in the report.” The Australian former computer hacker has been inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 2012 in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.
Assange said its leaked material did not come from the Russian government, but declined to say where it did come from.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange recently spoke to Fox New’s Sean Hannity on the topic of the recent US election hacking scandal involving the Russian state. Picture: Fox NewsSource:Supplied
“Even if you accept that Russian intelligence services hacked Democratic Party institutions in the United States, it is normal for intelligence services to hack each other’s political parties.”
“Even if you accepted that … you have to ask the question: what was the intent of those Russian hacks and do they connect to our publication or is it simply incidental?
“We haven’t said whether we know or whether we don’t know our sources … Our sources in the US election matter are not a state party.” Hackers took thousands of emails and documents from the computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, which were published by WikiLeaks in the weeks ahead of the November 8th presidential election.
A part of the declassified version of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russia’s efforts to interfere with the US political process. Picture: AP/Jon ElswickSource:AP
The releases embarrassed the party and harmed the losing candidate Clinton’s White House bid.
“WikiLeaks sources in relation to John Podesta emails and the DNC leak are not members of any government, they are not state parties, they do not come from the Russian government,” said Assange.
The Kremlin overnight branded the US intelligence report as baseless and amateurish, saying Moscow was growing tired of denying claims that the Russian government meddled in the US election.