WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange on Dec. 5, 2011 (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

WikiLeaks will release new Clinton emails to add to incriminating evidence, Julian Assange says, in "big year ahead"

Assange says the government likely won't indict "war hawk" Hillary Clinton, but it has more than enough evidence


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Ben Norton
June 15, 2016 1:00AM (UTC)

Julian Assange, editor-in chief of WikiLeaks, says the whistle-blowing journalism organization will soon be publishing unreleased emails from Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential front-runner, has been under criminal investigation by the FBI for using a personal email account on a private server in her home that contained top-secret information.

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Assange doesn't believe that Clinton will be indicted, but argues that the government has more than enough evidence, in both her emails and in the dealings of the Clinton Foundation, if it were truly committed to doing so.

"We have upcoming leaks in relation to Hillary Clinton," Assange said. "WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead."

Assange made these remarks in an interview with the British ITV network on Sunday. The host noted WikiLeaks has been "taking interest" in Clinton's use of the private email server.

"'Taking interest' I think is putting it mildly," Assange replied. "We've published 32,000 of them and some analysis."

Asked about the FBI investigation, the WikiLeaks head said he thinks Clinton "unfortunately" won't be indicted.

"We have accumulated a lot of material about Hillary Clinton; we could proceed to an indictment," Assange said, but Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the top official at the Department of Justice, who was appointed by President Obama, won't indict Clinton, Assange argued.

"It’s not going to happen," he said. "But the FBI can push for concessions from a Clinton government."

Assange stressed that "there's very strong material, both in the emails and in relation to the Clinton Foundation," that incriminates Clinton.

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A recent report revealed that the FBI is investigating then-Secretary of State Clinton and other State Department officials for "backing" CIA drone assassinations in Pakistan with their cellphones.

In another example, Assange noted in the interview, WikiLeaks published an email in which Clinton tells her staff to remove the classified header on a classified document and to send it by non-classified fax. This clearly violates U.S. classification procedures.

"Of course I think, personally, a lot of these [classification] procedures are ridiculous," Assange added, "but Hillary Clinton has been pushing to prosecute others, and so has Barack Obama, who violate, technically, these procedures."

The Obama administration has used these procedures and the Espionage Act to punish whistleblowers who leaked to journalists more than all previous presidential administrations combined.

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Assange said he is worried a potential President Clinton would go after him and WikiLeaks.

The emails WikiLeaks has already published show that Clinton receives constant updates on Assange's situation, he stressed in the interview.

Assange also pointed out that Clinton has previously pushed for prosecution of WikiLeaks for its whistle-blowing.

"We do see her as a bit of a problem for freedom of the press more generally," he said.

The WikiLeaks editor also blasted Clinton for her extreme hawkishness.

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Assange pointed out that Clinton's emails "show that Hillary was overriding the Pentagon's reluctance to overthrow [Libyan dictator] Muammar Qaddafi, because they predicted that the post-war outcome would be something like what it is, which is ISIS taking over the country."

Numerous reports have highlighted the leading role Clinton played in the disastrous 2011 NATO war in Libya, which destabilized the oil-rich North African nation, now home to ISIS' largest base outside of Syria and Iraq.

Clinton "has a long history of being a liberal war hawk, and we presume that she is going to proceed," Assange concluded.

In an interview with Salon in February, Assange made similar remarks.

"We can expect many more subsequent disasters if Clinton becomes president," he said, warning "she is very hawkish" and would be a “disastrous” president.

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He also condemned the Obama administration for “its harsh repression of whistle-blowers and national security journalists,” calling Obama “the meanest president” in those regards.

The WikiLeaks editor said insurgent left-wing candidate Bernie Sanders' policies in regards to Wall Street and corporate domination were refreshing, but, emphasizing that his specialty is in foreign policy, noted Bernie “has a lot of problems” in that area too.

Assange was arrested in London in December 2010, but was never charged with a crime. Fearing politically motivated U.S. extradition, Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London in August 2012. He has remained holed up there since.

The British government has spent millions of tax dollars to monitor the Ecuadoran embassy 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to ensure that he does not leave.

The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declared in February that “Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom.”

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“Assange has been subjected to different forms of deprivation of liberty” and “is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation,” the U.N. said.


Ben Norton

Ben Norton is a politics reporter and staff writer at AlterNet. You can find him on Twitter at @BenjaminNorton.

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