Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s Clinton Foundation and the Islamic State group (ISIS) both receive funding from the same sources in the Middle East, namely the government of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Julian Assange claimed in a recent interview.
In an interview that will be broadcast by Russia Today (RT) on Saturday, the founder of the controversial nonprofit information dissemination organization WikiLeaks accused the former secretary of state of underplaying the support that the country's allies in the Middle East provide to the extremist group behind numerous deaths across the world.
Assange, who has been seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, and his organization released over 30,000 emails from Clinton’s private server, along with about 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee and over 50,000 emails from her campaign manager John Podesta.
One of these email exchanges between Clinton and Podesta, then an advisor to President Barack Obama, had details of Clinton telling Podesta to “bring pressure” on the Middle Eastern powers “which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [Islamic State, IS, ISIS] and other radical Sunni groups,” RT reported.
“All serious analysts know, and even the US government has agreed, that some Saudi figures have been supporting ISIS and funding ISIS, but the dodge has always been that it is some 'rogue' princes using their oil money to do whatever they like, but actually the government disapproves. But that email says that it is the government of Saudi Arabia, and the government of Qatar that have been funding ISIS,” Assange said in the interview, adding that the email was one of the most important ones in the email dump.
“Under Hillary Clinton — and the Clinton emails reveal a significant discussion of it — the biggest-ever arms deal in the world was made with Saudi Arabia: more than $80 billion,” Assange said. He went on to answer interviewer John Pilger’s question regarding whether the same money funds both the ISIS and Clinton with a simple “yes.”
The email dumps by WikiLeaks have resulted in considerable loss of face for the former first lady who is in a close race for the White House with construction mogul Donald Trump. With the elections less than a week away, Assange was not very optimistic about the GOP nominee’s chances. The WikiLeaks founder, however, did not attribute this to the string of controversies stirred up by Trump — ranging from his sexism to his policy on immigrants.
“Banks, intelligence, arms companies, foreign money, etc. are all united behind Hillary Clinton. And the media as well. Media owners, and the journalists themselves,” Assange said, concluding that the Republican nominee won’t be “permitted to win” as he has no establishment by his side.