For the first time ever since his exile, Julian Assange meets with U.S. lawmaker

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange met with a congressional representative for the first time ever Tuesday and said that he can prove the leaked documents he published about the Democratic Party during last year’s election didn’t come from Russia.

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who is friendly to Russia and chairs an important House subcommittee on Eurasia policy, became the first American lawmaker to meet with Assange this week, engaging in a three-hour conversation with him at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange’s home in recent years.

Rohrbacher gave an account of the meeting to The Hill.

“Our three-hour meeting covered a wide array of issues, including the WikiLeaks exposure of the [Democratic National Committee] emails during last year’s presidential election,” Rohrabacher said, “Julian emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved in the hacking or disclosure of those emails.”

The emails in question were those of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, released a mere 10 days before the election. Back in December, Assange told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that everything is so easily obtained via hacking that he didn’t need the help of the Russian government.

“Everything is almost completely insecure now,” he said. “Computer systems have become so complex that it is not possible to understand all the parts, let alone secure them. It’s just impossible.”

Rohrabacher also reported to The Hill that Assange claims he has information to share directly with President Trump.

“Julian also indicated that he is open to further discussions regarding specific information about the DNC email incident that is currently unknown to the public,” he added.

Assange has been essentially in hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 when his release of thousands of documents regarding US foreign policy and military operations sparked an outcry from government officials. Opinions on Assange are split: Some view his release as a democratic service to citizens and others see it as endangering national security. Thus, Rohrabacher’s meeting with him is sure to be received controversially.

Furthermore, included in some of the information Rohrabacher will report directly to President Trump is a request from Assange to have WikiLeaks be given a full media platform within the White House.

“Julian passionately argued the case that WikiLeaks was vital to informing the public about controversial, though necessary issues. He hoped that WikiLeaks — an award-winning journalistic operation — might be granted a seat in the White House press corps. As a former newsman myself I can’t see a reason why they shouldn’t be granted news status for official press conferences,” he said.

Many things can be said of Assange, but being timid isn’t one of them. Earlier in June, Assange went on the record to predict the fall of the Democratic Party over the Trump-Russia narrative. Assange posted a link to an article that he wrote on his Twitter account, which outlines a list of six reasons why the Democratic Party is “doomed.” He called out the Democratic Party for being “consumed” by “hysteria about Russia,” calling the alleged Trump-Russia collusion narrative a “political dead end.”

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