The thousands of emails related to Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton, her party and close allies that were published by WikiLeaks were not obtained from the Russian government, the founder of the nonprofit organization, Julian Assange, said Thursday.
Clinton’s campaign and the White House have repeatedly blamed Russia for orchestrating hacks into numerous U.S. political sites and email accounts, but Assange, in an interview with Russia Today, strongly denied these accusations.
“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything,” said Assange, who has been seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. “Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”
The WikiLeaks founder also went on to refer to the former secretary of state as a person “who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick – for example faint – as a result of going on, and going with their ambitions.”
“But she represents a whole network of people, and a whole network of relationships with particular states,” Assange added in the interview Thursday.
The nonprofit has been behind the release of 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 Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. The email dumps have resulted in a considerable loss of face for the former first lady who is in a close race for the White House with construction mogul Donald Trump.
The organization will be releasing more of Clinton’s emails as the Election Day inches closer, causing a major hurdle in Clinton’s path to presidency. Fox News cited sources saying that a probe into the Clinton Foundation is highly likely and may even be a “very high priority.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also actively looking into the case and carrying out extensive interviews.
“There is an avalanche of new information coming in every day,” another source told Fox News.