UPDATE: 6 a.m. EDT — Contrary to expectations, there was no big revelation made at the 10-year anniversary press conference of WikiLeaks in Berlin, held Tuesday morning. The much-anticipated speech by the organization’s founder Julian Assange, who spoke via video link from the Ecuador embassy in London, was low on details.
The man wanted by the United States on legal charges only said WikiLeaks would continue to release documents every week for the next 10 weeks, which is well beyond the November presidential elections in the U.S. However, he clearly denied any intention to harm Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, attributing all such allegations to “misquoting.” But he confirmed that some documents to be released over the coming weeks pertain to the U.S. elections.
UPDATE: 5:20 a.m. EDT — In his ongoing speech at WikiLeaks’ 10-year anniversary press conference in Berlin, founder Julian Assange — speaking via video link from the Ecuador embassy in London — said his organization hopes to publish every week for the next 10 weeks, a period that goes well beyond the U.S. presidential elections in November.
UPDATE: 5:10 a.m. EDT — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has begun his highly anticipated speech at the organization’s 10-year anniversary press conference in Berlin. Speaking via video link from the Ecuador embassy in London, where he has been in asylum since August 2014, Assange said it was not just the documents leaked by his organization that “are revealing, but also the government/state reactions to the releases are revealing also.”
UPDATE: 4:50 a.m. EDT — WikiLeaks is holding its 10-year anniversary press conference in Berlin, where it is now showing a video compiled of audio bytes from a variety of senior U.S. officials, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Newt Gingrich, and numerous other senators and members of the Congress, all of them calling WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a terrorist or a threat to U.S. security and many calling for his assassination.
UPDATE: 4 a.m. EDT — The WikiLeaks press conference to mark the 10-year anniversary of the organization is underway in Berlin. To start things off, a video showing the top 10 leaks it has made was screened.
Oct. 4, Tuesday, marks the 10th anniversary of transparency organization WikiLeaks, which has been responsible for much embarrassment to the United States, having leaked millions of sensitive emails and documents related to Guantanamo Bay, military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies in various countries around the world.
In recent months, however, WikiLeaks has disclosed a lot of information that shows Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a bad light. Thousands of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee were released just ahead of the party’s convention in August, which indicated the committee conspired to keep Bernie Sanders from winning the nomination. The revelations led to the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
And on Tuesday, WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange is scheduled to speak at the anniversary event in Berlin, where he may unveil the “October surprise” widely expected to hurt Clinton’s campaign further. The event starts at 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EDT).
Assange was originally scheduled to speak Monday from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been in asylum since August 2012. But WikiLeaks said the speech was rescheduled — to be delivered via video link — to Berlin “due to specific information.”
The idea that the speech may target Clinton was strengthened by another tweet by WikiLeaks that allegedly quotes from a 2010 U.S. State Department meeting, during which Clinton, then the secretary of state, asked if the U.S. could kill Assange using a drone.
However, despite Assange’s assertions that his organization has more documents damaging to Clinton, there is no confirmation that the Tuesday event will showcase any of them. Some Clinton detractors are convinced of it, nonetheless, and are predicting an end to her campaign as a consequence.