WikiLeaks urges leaks of departing Obama White House documents

 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

WikiLeaks appealed Tuesday for leaked White House documents before President Barack Obama leaves office, as its founder Julian Assange again denied Russia was the source of hacked Democratic party emails that hurt Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency.

“System admins: Don’t let the White House destroy US history again! Copy now, then send to WikiLeaks at your leisure,” the secret-spilling website announced on Twitter, shortly before Assange gave an in-depth interview to US network Fox.

“We are issuing a US$20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or exposure of any Obama admin agent destroying significant records,” the tweet said.

Assange gave Fox an extended interview at the Ecuadoran embassy in London where he sought refuge in June 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden for questioning about an alleged rape.

He shed no light on who provided Wikileaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.

WikeLeaks released the documents during the US election campaign in what US intelligence reportedly concluded was an attempt by Russia to tip the election in favor of Clinton’s Republican rival, Donald Trump, who went on to win the White House.

Assange insisted, however, that no Russian government-linked party was the source of the hacked material.

“The source is not the Russian government. It is not state parties,” the 45-year-old Australian told Fox.

Pressed as to whether he thought the leaks of the Podesta and DNC emails led to Trump’s election in November, he said: “Who knows, it’s impossible to tell.”

“But if it did, the accusation is that the true statements of Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, and the DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, their true statements is what changed the election.”

He said his organization was not political in nature but aimed to provide facts governments do not.

“We have a perfect record, authenticating the information we publish,” Assange said. “We try to preserve that reputation. What else do we have a record for?”

Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden into allegations by a woman who accused him of rape during a 2010 visit to Stockholm.

He has denied the allegation, insisting they had consensual sex.

He has refused to travel to Sweden for questioning, fearing he would be extradited to the United States over WikiLeaks’ release of 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010.

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  • ojays

    He is a coward, he should be man enough to answer questions on his actions

    • bobo

      He was interviewed not too long ago by the Swedish prosecutor at the embassy.

    • FormerlyAPC

      Those allegations are politically-motivated. If in naija where would a common prostitute come to accuse a man of not paying that day dem do something? If anything, she would be ashamed of being a prostitute in the first place, and in the prostitutes’ world, they would denigrate her for allowing a customer to do on credit because it will set a precedence and spoil market for them.
      JUlian go ahead and reveal the truth. If it changes anything, the better. I wish he could sniff out if there were any email communication between Buhari handlers and Hilary campaign people. This $500million rumor can NEVER be false. No Smoke without fayaaa.

  • Christopher Adodo

    It is a different dimensions of
    investigative journalism. He is a man with a big heart, sacrificing his freedom for freedom of informations.


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  • Ojiyovwi

    It isn’t necessary for the self-publicist to ask for leaks. It will happen anyhow, as Obama’s tenure is intriguing on itself and must be tempting for those with legal or otherwise access to the records would want to share such information with us the public. Obama came in with so much promise. It was like the moment of an Emanuel come to judgement day, but delivered much more to be the expectant world who watched with dismay, the business as usual leadership. The general perception has to be that utter disappointment even for Obama himself. I saw 8 years of promise dashed in the world and for Americans.

    • bobo

      Correct. Even the one in France dashed all my expectations. I was thrilled when both of them won, but was surprised that they doubled down to the business as usual routine.

    • tunde008

      He could not perform magic as the republicans decided not to allow him.Most of what he achieved was through executive orders. Obama is a great leader, America economy is very buoyant.Unemployment level is now 4% the lowest ever in america.

  • olayiwola

    Reading through the comments, it is obvious everyone is commenting based on their filters!!!