Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Offers Reward to Incriminate Obama


WikiLeaks is offering a $30,000 reward for any information relating to the destruction of records by a member of the Obama administration. No specific claims have been made alleging the government acted inappropriately, however.

The Obama administration has accused Russia of hacking former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account and leaking emails from key Democratic National Party members, asserting the email releases were used as a political tool to influence the U.S. presidential election.

Last week, Obama announced new sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 35 diplomats, in retaliation.

However, claims of Russia’s sourcing the hacked data provided to WikiLeaks have been denied on several occasions by the organization and its founder, Julian Assange.

“Podesta gave out that his password was the word ‘password.’ His own staff said this email that you’ve received, this is entirely legitimate. Thus, this is something … a 14-year-old child might have hacked Podesta that way,” Assange said in a recent interview with Sean Hannity on Fox.

On Tuesday, Assange decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ten minutes before issuing the offer, WikiLeaks tweeted this plea:

Attached to the tweet is the image of a 2009 email sent from Obama’s Principal Deputy Counsel Daniel Meltzer to James Messina, then-White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

The subject of the email, which was forwarded to Hillary Clinton by aide Cheryl Mills, is a National Archives query into the whereabouts of a 2 TB  hard drive which is missing and believed stolen. The drive contains electronic records from Bill Clinton’s administration.

Under federal law, presidential records are required to be protected and preserved.

In the run-up to last year’s U.S. election, WikiLeaks released more than 50,000 e-mails belonging to John Podesta. The emails portray a fractured Democratic Party and a president who was aware of Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private email server to conduct official business.

Late today, WikiLeaks increased the reward for information from the original offer of $20,000 to $30,000, following receipt of a private donation made to the cause.



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