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WikiLeaks founder promises new leaks on USA election

Zaira Scannapieco | 09 Ottobre, 2016, 11:57

Assange is wanted by Swedish authorities over allegations of sexual assault and was granted asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. Historically, news leaks or events in the month before the election that influence voters in the presidential race have been called an "October surprise".

Julian Assange made the comments via video link from London to Berlin as part of a news conference to mark WikiLeaks' 10th anniversary.

Appearing via Skype, Assange said that while his organization will release a raft of documents before the November 8 presidential election, suggestions that they would "destroy" Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign were the result of misquotes. Now, we have on schedule, and it's a very hard schedule, all the United States election-related documents to come out before November 8th.

"We have a great many upcoming publications", Assange promised, noting that "Our sources have suffered bad consequences in the United States".

"In this particular case, the misquoting has to do with, we want to harm Hillary Clinton, or I want to harm Hillary Clinton". A WikiLeaks legal representative described Assange as a "thorn in the side" of U.S. politicians, claiming that he can not be treated impartially if he leaves the embassy.

Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks, speaks via video link during a press conference.

However, he did slam Clinton for her sharp criticism of his organisation' work following the release of thousands of embarrassing emails reportedly hacked from the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) computer systems that resulted in a number of high-level resignations.

Asked if he felt any affinity with Mrs. Clinton's Republican rival, Donald Trump, Mr. Assange replied: "I feel personal affinity really, I think, with all human beings".

There has been intense speculation that Wikileaks will release documents connected to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "They are two people that are tormented by their ambitions", Assange said Tuesday.

Trump supporters and Clinton haters alike gathered on Twitter in the wee hours of the morning during Assange's press conference, waiting for him to drop the goods. If extradited to Sweden, Assange could also face potential extradition to the United States where he is charged with espionage.

Assange said WikiLeaks would soon open itself to membership and was seeking to expand its work beyond the 100 media organisations, it already works with.

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