WikiLeaks founder criticizes administration’s focus on hacking of Democrats emails
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange: “They are trying to say that president-elect Trump is not a legitimate president.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Obama administration has been accused of trying to “delegitimise” Donald Trump’s impending US presidency over the alleged hacking of election emails.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since the summer of 2012 for fear of being extradited to the US, was speaking to the Fox News channel’s Seán Hannity after Barack Obama identified Russia as almost certainly being responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
WikiLeaks subsequently published more than 19,000 internal emails stolen from the DNC, days before the Democratic convention was starting.
The emails showed DNC staffers actively supporting Mrs Clinton when they were publicly promising to remain neutral during the primary elections between Mrs Clinton and her then-rival for the candidacy, Bernie Sanders.
The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned over the disclosures.
Mr Trump at the time said blaming Russia was deflecting attention from the embarrassing material in the emails – although he had previously challenged Russia to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing” from Mrs Clinton’s private server.
Source: Irish Times