Despite a joint report released today detailing how Russia hackers may have infiltrated the Democratic party, and new sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama against Russia diplomats, WikiLeaks is maintaining that the source of its leaks was not Russia hackers. WikiLeaks was the main source of leaked information during the presidential campaign, through emails released from John Podesta’s account and the DNC.
Here’s what you need to know.
Intelligence officials released a joint statement again on December 29, discussing how Russian hackers had infiltrated one political party’s emails. But WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have not changed their statements about the source of their information. In a radio interview with Sean Hannity in mid-December, Assange asserted again that their DNC emails and Podesta’s emails did not originate from Russian hackers.
Hannity asked him, “Russia did not give you the Podesta documents are anything from the DNC?” And Assange responded, “That’s correct.”
On December 14, just a day before Assange’s interview, Craig Murray, a close associate of Assange, said that he had received one of WikiLeaks’ sources, The Washington Times reported. He said that he was given a package near American University, in a wooded area, that was the source of some of the Clinton emails. He said the source was a Democratic insider who had legal access to the information. Murray said he was prompted to make the revelation after seeing claims that WikiLeaks’ source came from Russia.
The sources, he said, were disgusted with corruption in Clinton’s campaign and the sabotage of Bernie Sanders, Inquistr reported. Murray is a former British ambassador who was removed because of allegations of misconduct, after he was highly critical of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan.
Whether Murray’s statement is true, however, has not been established. The next day, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account stated that only Assange, Sarah Harrison, and sometimes their lawyers are authorized to speak for WikiLeaks.
The joint security statement released on December 29 did not mention WikiLeaks when it discussed Russian hacks. Exactly who was the source of WikiLeaks’ emails still remains unknown.