WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims he knows the reason that the Obama administration is blaming Russia for the Democratic Party organizations hacks.
He says that the “obvious” reason is that “They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House.” Assange reportedly said this in an interview which is airing on Tuesday night with none other than Fox News’ Sean Hannity, according to a transcript of excerpts from the network.
“They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president,” Assange said during the interview, which was conducted at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has been seeking asylum in order to avoid rape charges in Sweden.
“Our publications had wide uptake by the American people. Thy’re all true,” Assange continued. “But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House.” Assange also repeated that his group did not receive the Democratic data released over the summer from Russia, something that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have unanimously and openly challenged, a move which is highly unusual in the world of cyber attacks.
“Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no,” he said.
This is not Assange’s first appearance on Hannity’s show. In December, the WikiLeaks founder told Hannity that hte documents that his anti-secrecy group received looked “very much like they’re from the Russians” but siad his source was not the Russians.
In response to being asked whether he believed that WikiLeaks influenced the 2016 election, Assange pointed to private comments from members of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in documents published by the group.
“Did [WikiLeaks] change the outcome of the election? Who knows. It’s impossible to tell,” he said. “But if it did, the accusation is that the true statemetns of Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, and the DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, their true statements is what changed the election.” Assange’s claim clearly ignores the fact that the “true statements” of Republicans were never published.
Hannity has increasingly become embroiled in reporting of far-fetched conspiracy theories. During the election, among other things, he spent many segments on his show on issues relating to Hillary Clinton’s health inviting various guests, with and without medical backgrounds, who would diagnose the Democratic nominee with various ailments.