Assange: WikiLeaks Did Not Receive Documents From Russian Government
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday denied that emails WikiLeaks released from the email account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta or from the Democratic National Committee came from the Russian government.
Assange appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show.
His statement runs counter to a reported assessment from the CIA that the Russian government hacked the DNC and Podesta with the goal of supporting Donald Trump’s campaign.
“Our source is not the Russian government,” said Assange.
“In other words, let me be clear, Russia did not give you the Podesta documents or anything from the DNC?
“That’s correct,” Assange replied.
In fact, Assange later said, “It has not come from a state party.”
Craig Murray, an associate of Assange, told the Daily Mail this week that the Russians were not part of the Podesta or DNC leaks and that he met in Washington in September with one source of the leaked emails.
“Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,” he said. “The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.”
Murray said the individuals who leaked the emails were motivated by “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”
He said he was speaking out to counteract the CIA’s reported claims.
“I don’t understand why the CIA would say the information came from Russian hackers when they must know that isn’t true,” he said. “Regardless of whether the Russians hacked into the DNC, the documents WikiLeaks published did not come from that.”
On Thursday, Assange would not discuss Murray’s comments.
“Craig Murray is not authorized to talk on behalf of WikiLeaks,” he said.
Assange said there could have been Russian involvement with other campaign hacking, namely the efforts of a hacker who billed himself as Guccifer 2.0.
“Now, who is behind these, we don’t know,” he said. “These look very much like they’re from the Russians. But in some ways, they look very amateur, and almost look too much like the Russians.”