The Levant News — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is addressing the public in a global online video statement on the website’s 10th birthday. The WikiLeaks founder has been residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 out of fear of being extradited to Sweden where he has been accused of sexual assault, and from there to the United States where he could face espionage charges for publishing secret documents through his website. “WikiLeaks has released 10 million documents over 10 years. That is 10 billion words, averaging 3,000 documents a day”, Assange said. “The documents themselves are revealing, but the government and state reactions to the releases are revealing also,” he added.
Assange promised that publications will continue even if he would have to resign. He said WikiLeaks will release US election documents before November 8. “We hope to be publishing every week for the next 10 weeks. We have on schedule, and it’s a very hard schedule, all the US election-related documents to come out before November 8.” “Upcoming series include significant material on war, on arms, on oil, on Google, on the US election,” he said via video linkup from the Ecuadorian embassy. Assange said there had been a lot of misquoting which suggested WikiLeaks was going to harm the US presidential election. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dismissed as “pathetic” on Tuesday allegations of links to Russia.
“These are pathetic, these kinds of arguments,” Assange said. He further branded as “neo-Mccarthyist hysteria” numerous allegations in the United States accusing Russia of cyberattacks and other breaches. In July, WikiLeaks published nearly 20,000 hacked emails that apparently showed DNC members discussing ways to undercut Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination.
The New York Times claimed last month that WikiLeaks’ publications have often benefited Russia at the expense of the West. Some releases will touch upon the governments of three countries. The whistleblower said he was going to launch a special membership structure to keep WikiLeaks independent. He urged followers to support the newly-established WikiLeaks task force to help protect the website.