Assange to Hannity: Obama Administration Trying To Delegitimize Trump, Wikileaks Source Not Russia

In an interview with Sean Hannity that will air Tuesday night, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange explains why the Obama administration has become so fixated on Russian hacking, according to a transcript of excerpts from Fox News.

“They [the Obama administration] are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president.”

Assange is currently living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London under political asylum. Conducting the interview from the embassy, Assange emphasized that his source for the numerous Wikileaks email releases throughout the 2016 election was not Russia.

“Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true. But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House. Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no.”

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When asked during the interview whether he thought Wikileaks played a significant role in the election, Assange said “it’s impossible to tell.”

However, Assange and WikiLeaks played a huge role in the 2016 election. Wikileaks’s constant publication of personal emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta along with embarrassing emails from Democratic Party officials right before the Democratic National Convention were devastating to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

This is not the first time Assange has been interviewed by Hannity. In December, 2016, Assange was interviewed on Hannity’s radio show and reiterated that his source was not the Russian government.

THE HILL, January 2, 2017

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says there’s an “obvious” reason the Obama administration has focused on Russia’s alleged role in Democratic hacks leading up to Donald Trump‘s electoral win.

“They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House,” Assange said during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity airing Tuesday night, 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 he has been staying.

“Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true,” Assange continued. “But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House.”

Assange reiterated the group’s denial that Russia was the source of the Democratic documents released over the summer.

“Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no,” he said.

In December, Assange told Hannity that the documents the anti-secrecy group received looked “very much like they’re from the Russians” but said his source was not them.

 

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