WASHINGTON, August 1, 2016 — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on “Meet The Press” with Chuck Todd this weekend. They discussed the recent dump of emails and voice emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee. The voice email leaks occurred on the night that Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president.
Assange refused to reveal his source or to finger Russia. He cited his “perfect track record” of providing accurate information and never revealing sources. Todd grilled him over the issues of a foreign government providing that kind of information.
“I do think it’s an interesting question, of course, as to who our sources are,” Assange said. “But as a source-protection organization that many sources from across the world of many different types rely on to protect their identity, their rights, to communicate the truth to the public. And that’s all we’re talking about here: Communicating the truth.”
Assange focused on the material in the leaks, which supported Bernie Sanders’ claims of a rigged election. The leaks resulted in the sudden resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Assange said he did not publish the material in hopes of tipping the election towards a certain candidate.
He said he published the material at the start of the convention because he knew people would be much more interested. “If we published after (the convention), you can just imagine how outraged the Democratic voting population would have been.”
Assange has been critical of Clinton’s foreign policy and her attack on the media. “We do see her as a bit of a problem for freedom of the press more generally … She has a long history of being a liberal war hawk and we presume she is going to proceed.”
Prior to speaking to Todd, Assange appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” He said he has more material about Hillary Clinton’s campaign to release. Assange and his organization most recently published more than 30,000 emails from the DNC email server.
Assange’s interview with Todd took place at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has lived for more than four years. He has faced extradition to Sweden over accusations of sexual assault.