WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange defended his repeated claim that Russia is not the source of hacked emails.
In an exclusive interview with FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity, Assange insisted that the Russian government was not behind the emails WikiLeaks released from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
“Russia wasn’t his source & Pres Obama is trying to ‘delegitimize’ Trump with Russia hack claims” ~ Julian Assange
— Brian Fraser (@bfraser747) January 3, 2017
“Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?” Hannity asked Assange in an interview from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The full interview will air Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. on Fox News Channel.
“We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party,” Assange responded.
“Assange To Hannity” reaffirms for the 5th time that the Russians are not the source. But MSM ignored all previous Assange interviews.
— Adorable Deplorable (@OliMauritania) January 3, 2017
He further argued that President Obama continues to pursue the Russian involvement as a way to undermine President-elect Donald Trump.
“Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true. But that’s not the allegation that is being presented by the Obama White House. So, why such a dramatic response? Well, the reason is obvious. They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House. They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President,” Assange said.
Twitter users weighed in on Assange’s remarks in the video preview with a variety of responses.
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— Deplorable Me (@honeybadgerdawn) January 3, 2017
— DaveLynch (@TheLynchTone) January 3, 2017
@immigrant4trump How many times does he have to tell them?
— Marie Maglione (@mommags2579) January 3, 2017
The leak probably came from Seth Rich. The DNC IT guy that was murdered by robbers who forgot to take his wallet. https://t.co/AsHuNqNYfY
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) January 3, 2017
@zerohedge Isn’t the whole Wikileaks idea that it is technically impossible for WL to know who sent them stuff?
— Jeroen van de Weijer (@JeroenSH) January 3, 2017
@cristinalaila1 all intelligent people already knew this
— dave smiles (@dsmiles44) January 3, 2017
@cristinalaila1 say it again for the people in the back!!
— Anessa Baker (@ajayerstx) January 3, 2017
@DBloom451 I hope Obama looks like a stupid petty child, and some of his supporters realize he’s a scumbag
— Walter Torres (@Wally2k316) January 3, 2017
@gehrig38 Don’t know.Important thing we get from all this is we can’t blindly trust our government.Both sides need to be held accountable.
— Carol (@CarolCATX) January 3, 2017
— tx conservative (@txconservgirl) January 3, 2017
To be fair, WikiLeaks has hyped the leaks, and promises of more leaks, as a way to raise money, causing some skepticism.
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— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 1, 2017