Wikileaks will not seek to destroy Hillary Clinton, says Assange

Assange is seen addressing journalists via video conference in Berlin (Getty)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said his website has no intention of damaging Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the US Presidency.

Assange was speaking via videolink at the Volksbuhne Theater in Berlin to mark WikiLeaks’ 10th anniversary. He had earlier cancelled a planned speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, citing security concerns.

Speculation has been rife that Wikileaks, which purports to expose corruption and hypocrisy through the release of sensitive official documents, intends to leak information pertaining to Clinton.

In March the website launched an archive of over 30,000 emails and attachments sent to and from Clinton's private email server while she was Secretary of State. Over recent days it has been suggested Assange and his team are planning an 'October Surprise' to swing the US election away from the Democratic candidate.

It has also been reported that Clinton asked if Assange - who is wanted on rape and sexual assault allegations - could be taken out with a drone strike.

However Assange said: "There's been a lot of misqupoting of me and Wikileaks publications, in this particular case the particular misquoting that we intend to harm Hillary Clinton. All those are false.

"They've come about, it seems, from a campaign to 'personalise' [the website]."

Assange was also asked to discuss forthcoming content releases, specifically whether they would also affect the Republican Party.  He simply said "a lot of fascinating angles" will be revealed.

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