Assange says Russia has "nothing to do" with Clinton emails

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied Russia's involvement in the publishing of the emails belonging to U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Source: RT
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“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything," Assange told John Pilger in an exclusive interview for RT, to be broadcast on Saturday, and added:

"Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false - we can say that the Russian government is not the source."

“Hillary Clinton is just one person. I actually feel quite sorry for Hillary Clinton as a person, because I see someone who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick - for example faint – as a result of going on, and going with their ambitions. But she represents a whole network of people, and a whole network of relationships with particular states," Assange, who was interviewed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up for four years, said.

Announcing the interview, RT said that over the past nine months WikiLeaks "uploaded over 30,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server, while she was Secretary of State."

This was followed by nearly "20,000 emails sent to and by members of the US Democratic National Committee, exposing the party leadership’s dismissive attitude to Bernie Sanders, and his outsider primaries campaign," along with "over 50,000 emails connected to John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, and a close associate of the current presidential frontrunner."

U.S. security officials issued a joint statement in October saying they were "confident" Russia was behind this information leak.

But Moscow has "rejected the accusation, with presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov calling the claims 'nonsense,' while Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the 'public bickering on Russia' before the U.S. election is probably a 'smokescreen' to draw the voters’ attention away from serious domestic issues," RT said.

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