On Thursday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview that their source for the hacked emails belonging to John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee was the Russia. He was absolutely adamant that Russian state actors did not provide Wikileaks with any information, especially not the Democratic documents which many people think affected Hillary Clinton’s chances at winning the election.
The source is not Russian
His declaration comes after in October, U.S. intelligence officials have said that it was the Russian government who provided the data. It was leaked and contained sensitive information on Democrats and especially John Podesta, Clinton’s chairman. It is interesting to note that Assange also said that his website obtained some other information which had to do with Trump and the Republicans. However, they chose not to make those public because they could already be found in other parts.
So, if what he is saying is true, Wikileaks received information on both players of the presidential campaign. This leads us to believe that the Russians would not have released information which could have hurt the chances of their favorite candidate, Donald Trump. People are still not sure what the actual purpose of the leak was. Could it be to pave the way for Donald Trump to become president? Or just to show everyone the chaos and instability in the United States?
Information not government-related
Julian Assange actually said numerous times that their information did not have anything to do with any government. Their source is not political but he refused to disclose it. Moreover, he complained that the situation is bizarre. Also, that they are not happy about giving away any details of their actions. Wikileaks just releases data and that’s it. No additional info or anything. Assange also explained that his company wishes to protect the sources as much as possible. This way, they would feel secure about offering them data in the future. The founder of Wikileaks had a warning for everyone. If they are paying more attention to where the information comes from, they are going to lose the very essence of it. That is not the purpose of Wikilieaks.
Documents sent to news outlets
The Hill along with many other news outlets have reportedly received some hacked Democratic documents. The person who sent them calls himself Guccifer 2.0. It is still unknown if he is one individual or a group of hackers. So, when the reporters asked Assange if Russia sent their documents, he answered that he does not know. In his opinion, they might as well be. He stated that the documents indeed look Russian but also very amateur-like. Maybe even too amateur-like to be coming from an amateur. As for the presidential campaign information, he said once again that they did not come from any state actor.
All in all, it is interesting to see that the founder of Wikileaks intervenes to clarify that their source had nothing to do with the Russian government. Why did he do this remains a mystery. Also, we might never find out if the U.S. intelligence officials are indeed right with their suppositions.
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