Wikileaks Looks to Bring Down Clinton
Julian Assange says hacked data poised for release is enough to indict Hillary
Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange said the next leak of Hillary Clinton’s emails could provide enough evidence on its own to indict the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“There’s very strong material, both in the emails and in relation to the Clinton Foundation.”
“We have upcoming leaks in relation to Hillary Clinton,” he said. “We’ve accumulated a lot of material about Hillary Clinton. We could proceed to an indictment,” Assange said in an interview on Britain’s ITV network.
The international organization, best known for disseminating secret government documents, says it plans to release emails it intercepted that were sent and received on Clinton’s unauthorized account during her tenure as secretary of state.
“There’s very strong material, both in the emails and in relation to the Clinton Foundation,” Assange said.
Despite what he believes is plenty of evidence to show Clinton endangered sensitive information, Assange isn’t convinced U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will take firm action.
“She’s not going to indict Hillary Clinton — that’s not possible. It’s not going to happen,” he said during the ITV interview.
Assange said Wikileaks has a credible history of exposing truths about Clinton, including the leak of documents documenting the former secretary of state's push to overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, despite reluctance from the Pentagon.
"They predicted that the postwar outcome [in Libya] would be something like it is … she has a long history of being a liberal war hawk," he said.
The organization put tremendous effort into acquiring and leaking emails from Clinton. In March, the organization started a searchable archive of more than 30,000 emails and attachments pulled from Clinton's communications from 2010 to 2014.
And it appears Clinton is keeping tabs on Assange as well. The Wikileaks founder, who has been confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012, said Clinton received frequent updates on his whereabouts.
Reports indicate Clinton's covert email server has been under federal investigation for roughly a year, though Clinton continues to downplay the FBI investigation as a "security review." "This drip, drip of new Clinton emails shows Hillary Clinton could not care less about the security of her communications," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement last month.
Assange noted Clinton might be getting nervous about what the organization's release of emails might reveal, noting that Clinton "has pushed for the prosecution of Wikileaks." Though Assange didn't specify how many emails would be released or discuss the content of the emails in detail, he affirmed that "WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead."
Christopher Farrell, director of Investigations and Research at Judicial Watch told LifeZette that "should reports be true that suggest Julian Assange/WikiLeaks will release HRC emails, it may have a devastating impact on her political campaign."
"It may also force FBI Director [James] Comey to act. Neither party (Clinton nor Comey) would want Assange/WikiLeaks to present the 'story' unopposed. They don't want WikiLeaks writing the unofficial history of the email crisis," he added.