On Monday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange held a press conference on Twitter that blasted the declassified intelligence report from last week, which claimed Russia hacked the DNC during the presidential election.
Assange asserted that the report was vague and that U.S. intelligence officials used it as a politically motivated “press release.” He added, “It is clearly designed for political effects.”
He fired back that the report did not provide substantiated evidence that Russia gave WikiLeaks hacked material. “It was not an intelligence report,” Assange said. “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.”
When the WikiLeaks’ source was probed about being affiliated with the Russian government, Assange refused to “play twenty questions with our sources.”
Later, when asked if the intelligence findings had been “fabricated,” Assange replied, “most of this so-called intelligence report is not even fabricated. That is, it does not even make assertions for the most part to rise to the level of fabrications … it uses speculative terms and admits its own speculation.”
He also noted that the declassified report “does not include the full supporting information on key elements of the influence campaign.” He added that it is irrelevant who supplied the information to Wikileaks.
“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? What was discussed are the words of Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and her team revealing unethical practices, corruption, hypocrisy, etcetera,” Assange said.
Assange told reporters that WikiLeaks has learned that the Obama administration records currently are being destroyed in various departments and agencies. He offered no evidence, only said that it’s commonplace during a transition of presidential power.
“Past administrations of both Republican and Democrat flavors have engaged in mass destruction of records as they’ve left office. We are told that destruction of records is occurring now in different parts of the Obama administration.”
He advised government workers to “get hold of that history and protect it; because that’s something that belongs to humanity and does not belong to a political party.”
H/T: Fox News
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