Earlier this week, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Sean Hannity that the Russian government was not his source for the leaked emails his organization received during the election. This denial was a response to the FBI and CIA’s assertion that the Russian government’s hackers interfered with the 2016 Presidential election.
Assange commented that the allegations against the Russian government were a “foolish and dangerous” attempt to overturn Donald Trump’s victory. While WikiLeaks has a strict policy against revealing its sources, Assange did say he wanted to debunk the allegations of Russia’s involvement in the hacking.
As more and more evidence points towards Russia’s guilt, the President-elect is still skeptical. On the 11th, when discussing the allegations, Trump told Fox News “I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse.”
Julian Assange And WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks played a prominent role in American politics during the election season. In its three “phases” the organization has released information that the American public wasn’t meant to see. These include Hillary Clinton’s emails, her campaign’s chairman John Podesta’s emails, and the Democratic National Convention.
There were several controversial findings that came from the leaks. These include:
- During the Haiti relief efforts, the state department under Hillary Clinton gave preferential treatment to companies whose leadership were friends with Bill Clinton.
- The Clinton Team worked to delay the releasing of her emails, which was illegal.
- The Clinton Foundation’s alleged “pay for play” scandal.
For more than four years, Julian Assange has been in hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to avoid being extradited. But he has still managed to become a pivotal figure in this election.
The FBI & CIA Stick To Their Guns
Despite Assange’s protestations, the FBI and CIA still believe the Russian government was responsible for the hacking. President Obama made a statement promising retaliatory action against Vladimir Putin and his government.
He made the following statement:
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections…we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
The Russian government has continued to insist that they were not involved in the hacking.
Source: Independent Journal Review