Hillary Clinton: WikiLeaks is a 'tool of Russian intelligence'

Lester Mason
October 16, 2017

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of colluding with a Russian intelligence operation to disrupt the 2016 US election and damage her candidacy for President.

"Keep an eye on him, because he's not done", Clinton told CNN in an interview on Sunday.

Responding to a question about Assange being seen as a martyr for free speech, Clinton said he is "a tool of Russian intelligence" and asked why WikiLeaks doesn't publish anything coming out of Russia.

"There was a concerted operation between WikiLeaks and Russian Federation and most likely people in the United States to... weaponize that information, to make up stories, outlandish, often bad stories that had no basis in fact... which were used to denigrate me, my campaign, people who supported me, and to help Trump".

"We have really well-respected security and intelligence veterans saying this was a kind of cyber 9/11 in the sense that it was a direct attack to American institutions", Clinton, referring to the terrorist attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda that killed almost 3,000 people in New York City, Washington and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, said on Sunday at a talk streamed live by The Guardian presenting her book to the Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival. "He wants an America that is divided from within", the former presidential hopeful told CNN.

At 4:00pm on October 7, The Washington Post published the 2005 Access Hollywood recording of Donald Trump's lewd comments about sexually harassing women.

"And I've no doubt in my mind that there was some communication if not coordination to drop those the first time in response to the Hollywood Access tape."

Mr Assange has denied the emails came from the Russian Government or any other "state parties".

"When you're a star, they let you do it", he said.

"It is a clear and present danger to western democracy and it is right out of Putin's playbook", she said.

Clinton claimed WikiLeaks' actions were motivated by Assange's personal dislike of her. It is not just her constant lying.

Mr Assange has spent five years seeking refuge inside the Ecuador embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer sexual assault charges.

"We know Russian agents used Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Pinterest to place targeted attack ads and negative stories intended not to hurt just me but to fan the flames of division in our society", Clinton said. "It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement", the Australian tweeted with a link to the ABC interview.

"Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen", he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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