Julian Assange, Founder of WikiLeakes, has announced he will publish US election leaks every week in the run up to November’s poll but has denied he is trying to torpedo Hillary Clinton campaign.
Speaking via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange declared he was not releasing any new explosive documents today, but had a packed schedule for over the next ten weeks.
WikiLeaks held a press conference to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary in Berlin today amid intense speculation that Assange was going to release leaked data which was going to destroy Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
He said he plans ‘to be publishing every week for the next 10 weeks’ and the leaks include ‘significant material’ on war, arms, oil, Google and the US election.
However, following 90 minutes of appeals for more funding to keep the organization going, no new information has been released into the public domain as of yet and Assange refused to say when the first leak would take place but said his next major leak would be next week.
Assange claims to have released 10 million confidential documents so far and is preparing to publish a further 10 million, of which would be cause for celebrations for WikiLeakes.
Discussing the documents that he would be releasing, Assange said:
“There are a lot of fascinating angles. There’s an enormous expectation in the United States – part of that expectation will be answered… but we won’t do it at 3am.”
Assange told the press conference that he will be releasing documents relating to the US election every week over the next ten weeks and that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are ‘tormented by their ambitions’.
However, he also stressed he was not aiming to ‘destroy’ Hillary Clinton’s campaign and claimed he had been misquoted.
He then moved on to attacking Clinton over her attitude towards the organization:
“The Hillary Clinton campaign has been going around saying, “Don’t read Wikileaks because there’s malware.”‘
Continuing to make it clear that even if he is “forced to resign, WikiLeaks will continue to release top secret information.”
Assange claimed he was going to open up WikiLeaks to membership and wanted to expand the number of media organizations it currently works with.
Journalist Sarah Harrison told a press conference in Berlin that they will continue to publish large archives of information such as the US State Department cables, which she said helped launch the ‘Tunisian revolution’.
She accused ‘the powers to be’ of launching a large spin machine against WikiLeaks in advance of every major release of information.
Harrison claimed WikiLeaks has released 650,000 documents relating to Russia with a further 2.3 million emails relating to Bashar al-Assad and denied that it is ‘an agent’ of Vladimir Putin during today’s press conference. The organization also denied playing a partisan role in the US election despite the mass leak of emails from the Democratic National Congress – which WikiLeaks included in their top ten best stories of the past decade.
“WikiLeaks provides a safe means for whistleblowers to make disclosures to the public on wrongdoing committed by any government or private enterprise. If we have significant confidential information on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton we will publish it. If we have information on any significant power faction or candidate in a globally significant election campaign, we publish it.”
Harrison told the press conference that Hillary Clinton had even considered ‘droning’ Assange.
Given this news, Assange cancelled what would have been a rare public appearance on the balcony of his 18-square-metre room in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, citing security concerns. But Assange remains as determined as ever:
“Adversity has hardened us”, Assange told German news weekly Der Spiegel in a weekend interview. “We believe in what we are doing .. If you are pushed you push back.We’re not going to start censoring our publications because there is a US election”
WHY IS JULIAN ASSANGE IN THE ECUADOR EMBASSY?
Julian Assange is facing allegations of rape and sexual assault following an alleged incident in Sweden in 2010 involving two women.
Just days before WikiLeaks began publishing the diplomatic cables in November 2010, Swedish authorities issued a pan-European warrant for his arrest.
Assange was arrested one month later in London.
He has lived in the Ecuadoran embassy since June 2012 after exhausting his British legal options.
Assange has insisted the accusations are politically motivated and could lead to his eventual extradition to the United States, where supporters say he could face the death penalty.