In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Julian Assange responded to the question of whether he believes WikiLeaks had any effect whatsoever on the outcome of the election in 2016, an election that all but should have guaranteed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a trip to the White House.
In transcripts obtained by The Hill, Assange responded to the heated question answering:
‘Did it [WikiLeaks] change the outcome of the election? 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.’
The answer is a great pivot that shifts focus from the responsibility that WikiLeaks may have had in putting Donald Trump in the White House. Though some of the things they revealed were pretty terrible, the question is whether they should have revealed what they did when they did.
Assange also accused the Obama administration of laser focusing on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election in an attempt to “delegitimize” the incoming President-elect.
According to The Hill, Assange commented:
‘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. So, why such a dramatic response? Well, the reason is obvious. They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House. They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President.’
Also of importance, is how WikiLeaks came upon the information they released throughout the year as the election neared. In a clip shown on Tucker Carlson tonight Hannity asked,
‘Can you say to the American people unequivocally, you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s email, can you tell the American people 1000 percent you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?’
‘We can say, and we have said repeatedly over the last few months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.’
WATCH: Preview with Julian Assange telling Sean Hannity he did not get his information from the Russian Government.
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The interview will air Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. on Fox.
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