WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been backed by the President-elect Donald Trump in casting doubt on intelligence agencies which are alleging Russia of meddling in the U.S. election.
Mr. Assange said in an interview with Fox News that mass leaks of emails of the Democratic Party didn’t come from Russia. Trump backed this opinion in a tweet by saying “Assange… said Russians did not give him the info!”
Trump has repeatedly declined the allegations directed towards Russia that it meddled in the U.S. election. The U.S. intelligence agencies, CIA and FBI believe that Russia directed the email hacks of Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The Agency and the Bureau think that the leaked emails released by WikiLeaks and other outlets were intended to help Trump secure the presidency.
Trump said Tuesday evening that an intelligence briefing about Russian interference in the election he was due to receive had been delayed. He reasoned that “Perhaps more time was needed to build a case.” The U.S. intelligence agencies, on the other hand, insisted that the briefing was on schedule and there had been no delay.
While repeating his claim that Russia was not behind the leaks, Mr. Assange added that a 14-years-old boy could have carried out the hacks on the email account of John Podesta, a key aide of Mrs. Clinton.
There were calls by top Republicans back in 2010 to imprison WikiLeaks founder after the website published thousands of embarrassing diplomatic cables leaked by Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning.
In a couple of tweets Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump backed the WikiLeaks founder:
“Julian Assange said “a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta” – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!
@FoxNews: Julian Assange on U.S. media coverage: “It’s very dishonest.” #Hannity “More dishonest than anyone knows.”
Mr. Assange also claimed that Clinton “made no attempt” to secure her private emails from hostile states during the time she was Secretary of State. He said that she was probably keeping it safe from the Republicans, but not from other nation states.
WikiLeaks published 50,000 emails which hinted towards dubious practices in the Clinton Foundation. It included the close working of some journalists with the Clinton campaign, key Clinton aides talking about Catholics derisively, and a top Democratic National Committee (DNC) official providing debate questions to Clinton beforehand.
Assange criticized the mainstream media for the part it played in the Podesta emails; he called it “ethical corruption.” He was also critical of Democrats for blaming the WikiLeaks founder for publishing the emails. He stated that it was a “stupid maneuver” and reasoned that it’s the same mistake Democrats made in the election; instead of focusing on the real substance, they were more focused on blaming other things, like WikiLeaks in this case for publishing accurate information before the election. “The public wants as much true information as possible,” he added.