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Julian Assange defends leaking Hillary Clinton's emails

Nov 09. 2016
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By Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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London - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange defended leaking Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails on Tuesday and denied supporting her Republican rival Donald Trump.

The reasons behind WikiLeaks failing to release information on Donald Trump or any other candidate were practical and not tactical, Assange said in a statement on the eve of one of the most scandal-ridden US elections in the country's history.

Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for four years, denied being motivated by influencing the outcome of the election.

"No one disputes the public importance of these publications," he said. "It would be unconscionable for WikiLeaks to withhold such an archive from the public during an election."  

"At the same time, we cannot publish what we do not have.

"To date, we have not received information on Donald Trump's campaign, or Jill Stein's campaign, or Gary Johnson's campaign or any of the other candidates that fulfills our stated editorial criteria,"Assange said.

"WikiLeaks remains committed to publishing information that informs the public, even if many, especially those in power, would prefer not to see it," he said.

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