Julian Assange, the founder and leader of Wikileaks, has launched a series of verbal attacks against Hillary Clinton, accusing her of spreading lies and negativity. His move came as a response to her recent comments about him, when she described him as a “tool of Russian intelligence” and claimed he took part in the alleged US Presidential elections scandal.
In an exclusive interview with Four Corners, Mrs Clinton alleged Mr Assange colluded with a Russian intelligence operation to disrupt the 2016 US election and damage her candidacy for president. “Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” she said. “WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence.”
The Wikileaks founder, who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, hit back this morning, tweeting that Mrs Clinton was “not a credible person”.
Tweeting a link to the Four Corners interview, Mr Assange said there was “something wrong” with her. “It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement,” he said. “Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.”
“Our intelligence community and other observers of Russia and [Mr] Putin have said he held a grudge against me because, as secretary of state, I stood up against some of his actions, his authoritarianism,” Mrs Clinton said. “But it’s much bigger than that. He wants to destabilize democracy, he wants to undermine America, he wants to go after the Atlantic alliance and we consider Australia an extension of that.”
WikiLeaks received thousands of hacked emails from accounts connected to the Democratic campaign, allegedly stolen by Russian operatives. The site released the emails over a four-month period in the lead-up to the election in 2016.
Mr Assange has denied the emails came from the Russian Government or any other “state parties”. As expected, Mrs Clinton disagrees.
“There was a concerted operation between WikiLeaks and Russia and most likely people in the United States to … weaponize that information, to make up stories, outlandish, often terrible stories that had no basis in fact … which were used to denigrate me, my campaign, people who supported me, and to help Trump,” she said.
Predictably, though, her strongest criticism was reserved for Donald Trump, the man who ultimately foiled her attempt to claim her country’s highest office.
Asked by Ferguson if he was “the most dangerous president you’ve ever had”, Mrs Clinton replied in the affirmative. “He is impulsive, he lacks self-control, he is totally consumed by how he is viewed and what people think of him. He is vindictive,” she said