During a Periscope press conference held on Monday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stated that the Obama Administration is currently engaged in destroying public records in the President’s final days of office.
Assange stated, “We are told that destruction of records is occurring now in different parts of the Obama administration in different departments or agencies.”
It was only a week ago when the official Twitter account for Wikileaks sent out a statement in which they asked for “information leading to the arrest or exposure of any Obama admin agent destroying significant records.” They even posted a $20,000 reward for said information.
We are issuing a US$20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or exposure of any Obama admin agent destroying significant records. pic.twitter.com/kRRP246uGo
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 4, 2017
Assange, in his accusation, mentions that this practice has been used by “past administrations of both Republican and Democratic(s),” continuing, “players have engaged in mass destruction of records as they left office.”
He also reminds listeners of the reward offered by Wikileaks, mentioned in the above tweet. However, he states that it is a value of $30,000, not the tweeted $20,000. He advised the potential whistleblowers to “just take it now. Keep it under your bed, or with your mother and then you can give that to Wikileaks or other journalists at your leisure.”
“Our philosophy is that such information is a part of history. It belongs, legally and philosophically, to the American people and more broadly, insofar as the United States interacts with the world, it belongs to the people of the world,” said Assange. He explains that the information and records are what we use to understand the world around us and to form new observations.
He finishes his statement by concluding, “Get hold of that history and protect it, because that is something that belongs to humanity and does not belong to a political party.”