WikiLeaks continues to dispute the CIA’s claim that the Russian government supplied the Internet transparency group with hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta’s private email account.
On Monday morning, the Julian Assange-led outlet tweeted that no part of the Obama administration, including both the CIA and FBI, have reached out “to contact WikiLeaks in relation to” the documents published from the DNC and Podesta’s account.
The Obama administration (including CIA, FBI) has yet to contact WikiLeaks in relation to our DNC/Podesta publications. #PodestaEmails
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 19, 2016
Since reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election first surfaced, Assange has maintained that the Kremlin is not the source of Wiki’s leaks.
“Our source is not the Russian government,” Assange said during a recent interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show but left open the possibility that Russia was the source for documents published by Guccifer 2.0 and DC Leaks. (RELATED: Assange Insists Russian Government Is Not WikiLeaks Source)
“Who is behind these? We don’t know,” he told Hannity. “These look very much like they’re from the Russians. But in some ways, they look very amateur, and almost look too much like the Russians.”
In the same interview, Assange criticized the mainstream media for not realizing their diminished role in modern discourse.
“They’re increasingly not very important,” he explained. “The old press is less important, and the degree of bias they’ve showed in the election process — I guess it’s come from both sides but particularly the liberal press — we see that, and they feel it.”