WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange told CNN’s Jake Tapper Monday that the Department of Justice’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal set a new standard for investigations.
“Our D.C. lawyers are delivering a letter tomorrow to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to explain why it is that the now six-year-long national security and being run against WikiLeaks, the reason I have political asylum, has not been closed,” he said on CNN’s “The Lead.”
Assange contrasted the DOJ’s lengthy, ongoing investigation into WikiLeaks to the short one involving the Democratic presidential nominee.
“Because the DOJ, whose actions seem to be setting a new standard by closing the Hillary Clinton case. The Hillary Clinton case has only gone for one year,” he noted.
“Hillary Clinton’s case has been dropped, the case against WikiLeaks continues. So why is it that the quote, ‘pending law enforcement proceedings’ against WikiLeaks continue? There’s a problem here.”
The reason is obviously politics — something that should never be factored in to criminal investigations.
“It was closed under the basis that [FBI Director] James Comey said that they couldn’t establish that there was an intent to damage national security. In our case, there’s no allegation that we have done anything except publish information for the public,” the WikiLeaks founder observed.
“The U.S. government had to say under oath in 2013 not a single person has been physically harmed by our publication. You don’t have intent. You don’t have serious harm.”
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On the evening of the broadcast, Assange took to social media to express his intent. And people agreed — if Clinton was given a pass, so should WikiLeaks and Assange.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 16, 2016
— PeachStateCanuk (@PeachStateCanuk) August 16, 2016
— Dr. Goldthinker (@Goldthinkers) August 16, 2016
@wikileaks sadly lynch is corrupt! SlickWilly threatened her in that plane on the Tarmac! She’s corrupt!
— WatchClintonCash ن✏️ (@DagnyRed) August 16, 2016
— Crusher of evil (@Crusherofevil) August 16, 2016
And one person offered this ray of hope.
@wikileaks IF you hold out till TRUMP is elected I don’t think you will be charged.
— October Surprise (@hammetjohn) August 16, 2016
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