President-elect Donald Trump called WikiLeaks "disgraceful" and said there should be a "death penalty" for the site's actions during a 2010 interview. Fast forward to 2017, and it now appears Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, and Trump are the best of friends. That's because no matter what substantial evidence has come to light about Trump's alleged sordid dealings with Russia, WikiLeaks has repeatedly come to Trump's rescue.  

News website Buzzfeed released a document Tuesday that allegedly revealed Russian officials' ties to Trump. With President Vladimir Putin's consent, Russian officials allegedly have been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for five years, according to the 35-page leaked document. The report also claimed he received intelligence information on political opponents from Moscow. 

Buzzfeed admitted that the document was “unverified and potentially unverifiable,” due to certain errors. Their motive upon releasing the controversial report is “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the President-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the U.S. government," the website stated.

Trump called the report a "political witch hunt" on his Twitter page, denying his ties with Russia.

WikiLeaks, a multi-national media organization that is known for anonymously publishing classified information regarding spy, war and corruption, also took to Twitter to side with Trump in a series of tweets.

One message read:  "Evidence mounts as to the lack of credible sourcing for the CIA's report on Russia & Donald Trump." Another one read: "35 page PDF published by Buzzfeed on Trump is not an intelligence report. Style, facts & dates show no credibility." Then came another: "WikiLeaks has a 100% record of accurate authentication. We do not endorse Buzzfeed's publication of a document which is clearly bogus."

 

The CIA has said the Russian government played a significant role in helping Trump win the 2016 presidential election on Nov. 8 by hacking emails from Democratic officials during the presidential campaign. Both Trump and Russian officials denied the CIA's accusations.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks leaked nearly 20,000 emails from top Democratic National Committee officials from January 2015 through May 2016 that sought to keep Hillary Clinton from the White House. Assange again came to Trump's defense in a Fox News interview last week Wednesday, saying that the source was not from the Russian government. 

Not long after the interview, Trump tweeted: "Julian Assange said 'a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta' - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!"

Assange has defended the leaked documents for promoting a robust democracy. “WikiLeaks is a giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents. We give asylum to these documents, we analyze them, we promote them and we obtain more,”  Assange said in a Der Spiegel Interview.