WikiLeaks alleges someone in the White House is leaking things, and that's making them mad

WikiLeaks is tweeting out against leaks that it doesn't want leaked

By Matthew Rozsa
January 6, 2017 9:50PM (UTC)
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at the Supreme Court in London in February. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

WikiLeaks sent out a tweet on Friday morning angrily claiming, without evidence, that the Obama administration and CIA leaked an intelligence report on Russian hacking to NBC.

They doubled down on their outrage later that same day.

The WikiLeaks account, widely believed to be manned by Julian Assange himself, sounded suspiciously similar to an accusation made against the Obama administration by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday night.


While it may seem bizarre for an organization ostensibly dedicated to transparency to denounce leaks, this isn't the first time that Assange has taken that position. When the Panama Papers were leaked in April and embarrassed members of Russia's political and financial elite, WikiLeaks denounced them as an "attack story on Putin" funded by the United States government and billionaire George Soros — charges that it made without evidence.

Shortly afterward, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin made the same argument in order to discredit the Panama Papers.


UPDATE: It looks like WikiLeaks may have a powerful backer.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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