“Our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.” That is how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange responded to Fox News host Sean Hannity when he was asked if he could “unequivocally” say that he did not receive information about the DNC and John Podesta’s emails from Russia.
HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?
JULIAN ASSANGE: Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.
The conversation all took place during a face-to-face interview between Hannity and Assange. Their conversation, which will air on Fox News Tuesday at 10PM EST, is said to cover everything from alleged Russian hacking and the 2016 election, to the Obama and upcoming Trump administrations.
Preview transcript from the complete interview:
ASSANGE: Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true. But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House. So, why such a dramatic response? Well, the reason is obvious. They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House. They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President…
ASSANGE: Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no. But if we look at our most recent statement from the US government, which is on the 29th of December, OK, we had five different branches of government, Treasury, DHS, FBI, White House presenting their accusations to underpin Obama’s throwing out 29 Russian diplomats. What was missing from all of those statements? The word WikiLeaks. It’s very strange.