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Assange: WikiLeaks Has Information About Both Presidential Candidates

(Fox News/"Fox & Friends")

By    |   Friday, 26 Aug 2016 08:39 AM

WikiLeaks has "thousands of pages" to release in connection with the upcoming presidential election, and while a great deal of it is about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, there is also some "information about the Republican campaign," website founder Julian Assange said Friday morning.

"The publicity as a result of our DNC publications, which caused the top five Democratic officials in the Democratic Party to resign, including the president Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has led to other sources being encouraged," Assange, speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

He refused to discuss details, but said he hopes that process will continue, so "we can see the cascade of information."

While there is also information about Trump, though, Assange said there would be few surprises because of the way Trump conducts his campaign.

"The problem with the Trump campaign it's hard for us to publish much [more] controversial material than what comes out of Donald Trump's mouth every second day," said Assange.

"I mean that's a very strange reality for most of the media to be in."

WikiLeaks has become involved in the U.S. election, Assange said, because as a "global media organization" funded mostly by the American public, there are many who believe the public has a right to know the information the website releases.

"One of them owns your TV station, Rupert Murdoch," Assange told the show.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks would not ordinarily publish medical information, Assange continued, but if there is such information available about one of the candidates, he believes that would be "of general interest."

But he wouldn't tell the program if WikiLeaks has information about Clinton's medical conditions. "I know you guys would love it if we scooped ourselves on 'Fox & Friends,'" he told the show's hosts.

He pointed out that the 32,000 items already published contained passing references to Clinton's head injury and about taking an alertness drug, "not to say she has some necessarily serious disorder. Anyone in a high stress job like military pilots like to take this. So I think it's perfectly acceptable to reveal serious information about a candidate."

But, he said, the candidates should disclose such information themselves, especially if it affects their ability to do the job.

To date, the most "interesting and serious information" already published about Clinton has to do with her State Department experience, said Assange, and he considers it a "major failure" by both the Trump and the Bernie Sanders campaign not to attack her on her judgment and experience from those years.

For example, said Assange, 1,700 emails were published about Clinton's involvement in Libya, with just a small part being about Benghazi.

"She was the leading architect the leading political force driving to destroy the Libyan [state]," said Assange. "The Pentagon was — senior generals, generals in the Pentagon, not all of them, but a number — were pushing strongly the Libyan state should not be destroyed, because radical jihadist groups would move in and take it over which they did."

Assange said the information that has been captured also shows a form of "elite immunity" that has benefited Clinton and others.

"Hillary Clinton, her administration with [President] Obama, has prosecuted more journalists and journalist sources including us and our alleged sources than all under the Espionage Act, than all previous presidents combined," he said.

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