WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that his website might release more emails on Hillary Clinton and ripped both political parties for the "Swiss cheese" security methods that led to hacks of the presidential candidate's and other Democratic Party operations.
"We have more material related to the Hillary Clinton campaign, that is correct to say that," Assange told Anderson Cooper Friday on CNN
On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released audio recordings from the emails of the Democratic National Committee that were obtained by hacking its servers. The earlier email drop led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Assange's interview came as The New York Times
quoted a law enforcement official saying that a hack into the Clinton campaign's computer system was similar to those of the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The breaches have been tied to an entity known as the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service, the Times reports.
He refused to say whether Russia was behind any of the cyberattacks and ripped both political parties for their weak security operations.
"I can't comment on anything that might reflect on sourcing either to rule things in or to rule things out," he told Cooper. "The DNC and the [Republican National Committee] have been Swiss cheese in terms of their security.
"The DNC had been notified quite some time ago that that is the case — and it has legal responsibilities it must carry out to notify its donors that their confidentiality has been breached by a hack.
"The emails we published are a separate question to the various hacks," Assange continued. "We have not connected those emails to a hack of the DNC and no one else has connected them."
He also denied having any personal grievances with Clinton, who was nominated at this week's Democratic National Convention, despite recent news reports to the contrary.
"I never said I wanted to do harm to Hillary Clinton, anything like that."
Assange also denied that WikiLeaks was interfering in the presidential election, saying that his site was honoring its mission.
"It's what our readers demand," he told Cooper. "It's also our basic principles that the publication of true information — and thus an important qualifier, true information — about modern institutions allows us to understand what they are doing and therefore to reform them.
"If we don't understand what our institutions are doing, we have no hope to reform them whatsoever."
However, WikiLeaks has come under fire for efforts to undermine the election — with some researchers fearing that it could become a weapon of Russia.
"The DNC email dump is just the latest in the saga of WikiLeaks being a useful idiot of intelligence services," Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute, told The Hill
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