As many of us have felt all along, Julian Assange says that Hillary has only herself to blame for the WikiLeaks scandal. The focus should remain on the contents of the leaks and not how they got leaked. The Russians did not provide the documents according to him as well. Most interestingly he remarked that her defeat helped avoid a consolidation of elite power inside the beltway.
As Written By Paulina Firozi for The Hill:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he deserves no blame for Hillary Clinton‘s election loss.
In an interview with Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Assange denied that he was seeking to damage Clinton’s campaign by publishing hacked emails that reflected poorly on her.
The documents were what Clinton’s inner circle was “saying about their own campaign, which the American people read and were very interested to read, and assessed the elements and characters, and then they made a decision,” Assange said in the interview, which The Guardian first reported.
“That decision was based on Hillary Clinton’s own words, her campaign manager’s own words. That’s democracy.”
WikiLeaks released a series of documents harmful to Clinton throughout the campaign, many of which came from hacks of the Democratic National Committee as well as Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal email.
Assange said in the interview that he has been publishing documents on Clinton “for years” and that the leaks during the campaign were no different.
Assange specifically blasted Clinton for her actions as secretary of State.
He claimed Clinton and “the network around her imprisoned one of our alleged sources for 35 years, Chelsea Manning, tortured her according to the United Nations, in order to implicate me ….
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