WIKILEAKS

Assange Says Russia Allegations Just Way to ‘Delegitimize’ Trump

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Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks speaks via video link during a press conference on the occasion of the ten year anniversary celebration of WikiLeaks in Berlin, Germany, October 4, 2016.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday echoed Donald Trump in commenting on allegations that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election. In an interview with Sean Hannity set to be aired on Fox News on Tuesday, Assange said the Obama administration is “trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House.” “They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president,” he said, in excerpts of the interview released Monday night. He went on to lament that the Obama administration was focusing on Russia rather than the revelations in WikiLeaks releases. “Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true.… But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House,” he said. While WikiLeaks has been accused of being a front for Russian intelligence agencies, Assange denied claims that Moscow was the source of WikiLeaks documents from the Democratic National Committee, saying the source of the leaks was “not a state party.” WikiLeaks has increasingly come under fire in recent months for defending Russia and frequently parroting Kremlin talking points. Hannity, who once called for Assange’s arrest before recently flip-flopping on WikiLeaks, interviewed the fugitive inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.