The Central Intelligence Agency and the Democratic National Committee have made several claims about Russia’s involvement in hacking the DNC email system as well as DNC campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal Gmail account, and leaking Hillary Clinton’s emails to WikiLeaks to undermine the U.S. presidential election as well as ensure Donald Trump’s victory. But that view has been questioned by the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence, who say there is not enough evidence to determine Russia’s motivation and whether it gave the documents to Wikileaks.
But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has flatly rejected U.S. intelligence claims that his organization received leaked Clinton emails from the Russian government .He says the allegations are part of a ‘foolish’ and ‘dangerous’ effort by Democrats to overturn Donald Trump’s election victory. Assange spoke with Hannity’s radio show by phone from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He has been confined to the embassy since 2012, when Ecuador granted him asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape allegations.
ASSANGE, WIKILEAKS: Our source is not the Russian government.
SEAN HANNITY: So let me be clear: Russia did not give you the Podesta documents or anything from the DNC.
HANNITY: Can you confirm whether or not you have anything involving hacked info from the RNC?
ASSANGE: We received about three pages of information to do with the RNC and Trump, but it was already public somewhere else.
HANNITY: So in other words: There was nothing significant. There was nothing comparable to [the DNC leaks]. So what Reince Priebus said on Meet The Press this weekend was correct, and NBC got it wrong?
ASSANGE: As far as we’re aware of.
Assange declined to confirm or deny comments from former UK Ambassador Craig Murray – a close Wikileaks associate – who told Dailymail.com this week that the group’s email sources were American and that he met with one of them in Washington, D.C.
‘We don’t comment on sourcing,’ said Assange. ‘Craig Murray is a former UK ambassador. He is a friend of mine. He is not authorized to speak on behalf of Wikileaks.’
Murray told Dailymail.com that he traveled to Washington, D.C. in September and met with a Wikileaks source in a wooded area near American University.
‘Neither of the leaks came from the Russians,’ said Murray. ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.’
Although Assange said Murray does not speak for Wikileaks, the ex-diplomat’s links to the organization are well known. Assange speculated that Clinton supporters were promoting the Russia allegations to raise doubts about the election’s legitimacy, in a last-ditch effort to block Trump from getting instated by the Electoral College. Democrats have been urging electors in states that voted for Trump to flip their support when the Electoral College meets on Monday. If enough electors were to switch their votes, it could block Trump from taking office – although experts say the strategy is a long-shot and would almost certainly be overruled in congress.
‘It’s foolish because it won’t happen,’ said Assange. ‘It’s dangerous because the argument that it should happen can be used in four years’ time, or eight years’ time, for a sitting government that doesn’t want to hand over power. That’s a very dangerous thing.’
The Wikileaks founder said he was surprised by Trump’s victory, and that the inaccurate polling – which predicted a comfortable Clinton victory – might have actually helped him win by giving Clinton a false sense of security.