Assange Blasts DNI Report, Calls It ‘Embarrassing’
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange blasted a DNI report pointing out the source of the leaked information came from Russia. He maintained that the source of information was not a state party, a report from Western Journalism said on Tuesday.
Speaking during an audio-only Periscope Q&A session, Assange said: “It was not an intelligence report. It does not have the structure of an intelligence report. It does not have the structure of a presidential daily brief. It was, frankly, quite embarrassing.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said no new evidence had been produced to show that Russian officials were involved.
“The absolutely unfounded accusations sound at a rather amateurishly emotional level that can be hardly applied to a highly professional work of high-class special services,” Peskov said Monday. “We still don’t know what is in fact and what data those who make such unfounded accusations have.”
The 25-page intelligence report pinned the blame for the breach of Democratic officials’ emails on Russia, asserting that Russian President Vladimir Putin launched cyber operations as part of an “influence campaign.”
“We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence … relayed material to WikiLeaks,” the report said.
It can be recalled that back in October, former DNC chair Donna Brazile questioned the authenticity of the emails after she was implicated in attempting to assist Hillary Clinton’s campaign by providing debate questions beforehand.
“Even if you believed that hackers of some kind illicitly obtained the Podesta emails and the DNC emails we published … what are we talking about in terms of impact?” Assange said.
“What was discussed are the words of Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and her team revealing unethical practices, corruption, hypocrisy, etcetera,” Assange added, “Should the American people have been denied that true information?”
Wikileaks editor Sarah Harrison echoed Assange’s sentiments, saying: “We have been accused of abetting the candidacy of Donald J. Trump by publishing cryptographically authenticated information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its influence over the Democratic National Committee, the implication being that a news organization should have withheld accurate, newsworthy information from the public.”
“We knew we were creating substantial conflict between us and the person we expected to be the next president,” said Assange.“So we understood that we were putting ourselves in a more persecuted condition by relentlessly exposing this material, increasing the risk for us. Not decreasing at all.”