Julian Assange Issues Statement On The US Election

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Just released by Wikileaks

Assange Statement on the US-Election

By Julian Assange

In recent months, WikiLeaks and I personally have come under enormous pressure to stop publishing what the Clinton campaign says about itself to itself. That pressure has come from the campaign’s allies, including the Obama administration, and from liberals who are anxious about who will be elected US President.

On the eve of the election, it is important to restate why we have published what we have.

The right to receive and impart true information is the guiding principle of WikiLeaks – an organization that has a staff and organizational mission far beyond myself. Our organization defends the public’s right to be informed.

This is why, irrespective of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election, the real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work.

The US public has thoroughly engaged with WikiLeaks’ election related publications which number more than one hundred thousand documents. Millions of Americans have poured over the leaks and passed on their citations to each other and to us. It is an open model of journalism that gatekeepers are uncomfortable with, but which is perfectly harmonious with the First Amendment.

We publish material given to us if it is of political, diplomatic, historical or ethical importance and which has not been published elsewhere. When we have material that fulfills this criteria, we publish. We had information that fit our editorial criteria which related to the Sanders and Clinton campaign (DNC Leaks) and the Clinton political campaign and Foundation (Podesta Emails). No-one disputes the public importance of these publications. 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 fufills our stated editorial criteria. As a result of publishing Clinton’s cables and indexing her emails we are seen as domain experts on Clinton archives. So it is natural that Clinton sources come to us.

We publish as fast as our resources will allow and as fast as the public can absorb it.

That is our commitment to ourselves, to our sources, and to the public.

This is not due to a personal desire to influence the outcome of the election. The Democratic and Republican candidates have both expressed hostility towards whistleblowers. I spoke at the launch of the campaign for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, because her platform addresses the need to protect them. This is an issue that is close to my heart because of the Obama administration’s inhuman and degrading treatment of one of our alleged sources, Chelsea Manning. But WikiLeaks publications are not an attempt to get Jill Stein elected or to take revenge over Ms Manning’s treatment either.

Publishing is what we do. To withhold the publication of such information until after the election would have been to favour one of the candidates above the public’s right to know.

This is after all what happened when the New York Times withheld evidence of illegal mass surveillance of the US population for a year until after the 2004 election, denying the public a critical understanding of the incumbent president George W Bush, which probably secured his reelection. The current editor of the New York Times has distanced himself from that decision and rightly so.

The US public defends free speech more passionately, but the First Amendment only truly lives through its repeated exercise. The First Amendment explicitly prevents the executive from attempting to restrict anyone’s ability to speak and publish freely. The First Amendment does not privilege old media, with its corporate advertisers and dependencies on incumbent power factions, over WikiLeaks’ model of scientific journalism or an individual’s decision to inform their friends on social media. The First Amendment unapologetically nurtures the democratization of knowledge. With the Internet, it has reached its full potential.

Yet, some weeks ago, in a tactic reminiscent of Senator McCarthy and the red scare, Wikileaks, Green Party candidate Stein, Glenn Greenwald and Clinton’s main opponent were painted with a broad, red brush. The Clinton campaign, when they were not spreading obvious untruths, pointed to unnamed sources or to speculative and vague statements from the intelligence community to suggest a nefarious allegiance with Russia. The campaign was unable to invoke evidence about our publications—because none exists.

In the end, those who have attempted to malign our groundbreaking work over the past four months seek to inhibit public understanding perhaps because it is embarrassing to them – a reason for censorship the First Amendment cannot tolerate. Only unsuccessfully do they try to claim that our publications are inaccurate.

WikiLeaks’ decade-long pristine record for authentication remains. Our key publications this round have even been proven through the cryptographic signatures of the companies they passed through, such as Google. It is not every day you can mathematically prove that your publications are perfect but this day is one of them.

We have endured intense criticism, primarily from Clinton supporters, for our publications. Many long-term supporters have been frustrated because we have not addressed this criticism in a systematic way or responded to a number of false narratives about Wikileaks’ motivation or sources. Ultimately, however, if WL reacted to every false claim, we would have to divert resources from our primary work.

WikiLeaks, like all publishers, is ultimately accountable to its funders. Those funders are you. Our resources are entirely made up of contributions from the public and our book sales. This allows us to be principled, independent and free in a way no other influential media organization is. But it also means that we do not have the resources of CNN, MSNBC or the Clinton campaign to constantly rebuff criticism.

Yet if the press obeys considerations above informing the public, we are no longer talking about a free press, and we are no longer talking about an informed public.

Wikileaks remains committed to publishing information that informs the public, even if many, especially those in power, would prefer not to see it. WikiLeaks must publish. It must publish and be damned.

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Killuminati's picture

What happend to October Surprise Assange? What happened to leaks that would put her in handcuffs? What happened to Election day surprise? Nothing but empty promises by Wikileaks. 

onmail1's picture

All comments gone 

someone hacks Zero Hedge

(NSA, US establishment, HoeKillary money?)


Julian assange in house arrest by US puppet Britain

Snowden had to flee free USA

Bradley Manning now Chelsea Manning in prison, tortured and attempts 'suicide'



Troy Ounce's picture


Excellent story.

But where is fucking WHOPPER?

remain calm's picture

Trump "this is an example of how you grab a pussy"

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I get the feeling if Clinton wins, there will be leaks springing in all directions.  

bob_stl's picture

He probably underestimated the ability of half of America to disregard a whopper when they see it.

Occident Mortal's picture

Assange's language is unreadable to 80% of the population.


If he wants to be heard he needs to do a much better job of presenting/democratizing the information.

jcaz's picture

We've seen plenty of whoppers- people are in prison for less than what she herself has already admitted to;

Just doesn't matter when the game is rigged.....

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I'm not complaining and really grateful for Assange, WikiLeaks, and the email revelations.

But, damn, I know it's impossible but it would have been great to see something like "Comey, go ahead and have some black suits get rid of Seth Conrad Rich.  Make it a 'robbery', LOL" ~Love, Podesta

slight-o-hand's picture

Why would anyone other than WL release such information if it existed? It would be worth a fortune in blackmail. 

Why hasn't the FBI, NSA, CIA IRS and every other agency busted these crooked clintons? Payoffs from the machine. So anyone with the incriminating "whopper" that everyone wants stands to make a fortune by just waiting and hoping she does win. 

Or of course, money may not even be what they are after. Any of the States that hacked her could get a lot more than money!

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Do bribes to the deep state keep up with inflation? If not we may have a problem.

nibiru's picture

Don't worry Janet still hasn't had her crisis yet so all the cronies can get paid soon enough.


Be it because Trump wins and they leave him a bomb after his inauguration or Clinton because she will go to war.

Keep stacking, in case of Clinton win it will be even cheaper.

WordSmith2013's picture

There's ONLY one statememt that can be made about the 2016 election.




Donald J. Trump: The Most Courageous Presidential Candidate in U.S. History
MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Assange forgets to mention that he’s working for the Russians to undermine our democracy. Sorry Julian, smart informed liberals are not buying your propaganda. We’re going to elect Hillary, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) MillionDollarBonus_ Nov 8, 2016 12:58 PM

The two faces that Hillary spoke of?  Today marks the difference between those faces.

HopefulCynical's picture

People asking "where's the bombshell?" need look no further than PIZZA MAP. And the corruption, collusion and co-opting of the media by the DNC and the HRC campaign is explicitly revealed by the way they absolutely ignored it, refused to utter a peep about it.

It will take Trump's election to make any of it matter, in terms of the guilty paying for their crimes.

BrownCoat's picture

MDB, You forget that both Putin and the Clintons believe in the same political ideology. 

The article does say that the Russian connection does not exist. So MDB, prove it! 

DrBrown's picture

Hey there's milliondollardogshit!

Pairadimes's picture

We are down to the second-to-last of the four boxes of liberty today. 

The soap box was destroyed by the willing subjugation of the legacy media to the deep state. Only Wikileaks and citizen journalism on the internet keep the narrowest of windows to the truth open to the public.

Under assault for decades, Director Comey has put the exclamation point on the demise of the jury box. The rule of law has been gradually subverted to the protection of the powerful from the consequences of their crimes against the people.

Today, we are more aware than ever of the rampant corruption of the ballot box. It remains to be seen if the will of the people can overcome the machine of deep state interests in today's events. I have my doubts.

Hence, we arrive at the last box of liberty. Mine is finally as full as I can make it, and awaits the proper moment. 

And you?

beemasters's picture

I have great admiration for individuals like Assange and the whistleblowers who leak information to WL. It really isn't an easy life, but one that some have to lead. It really is a calling.

Keep publishing, Julian. Someday, justice will be served.

For those who think it's too late to publish anything new about Hillary, it's never so. Even if she's elected, she can still be jailed...if there're enough people publicly demanding it. If everyone is silently complaining, nothing will happen.

BrownCoat's picture

We are down to the second-to-last of the four boxes of liberty today.

Violence is the last refuge of the ignorant. Suppose you win your hot revolution. What will the ensuing government look like? The French Revolution saw a guillotine dripping blood. Eventually, a meglomaniac took control. Sounds disgusting to me. America has had its share of warmongering meglomaniacs already. 

StychoKiller's picture

Make sure that the targets deserve it.

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

Why not the FBI, NSA, CIA, IRS, etc?!?? 

Because the system protects its own credibility, if nothing else, to protect the trough from which they all feed at our expense.  If statism is deemed no longer credible, We the Poeple will be inclined to demand a restoration of our liberty. That they cannot have because none of us would consent to most any of this without the guns of government pointed at our heads.  Starting with April 15!!!

lucitanian's picture

Is it not wopping enough that the USns next president gets her money from the same source as ISIS? But apparently whoooosh, right over their heads, they, most of those voters don't care, and as you imply, why should they care, "when the game is rigged", There's nothing they can do about it even if they did.

So that's a bit how the rest of the world feels as we see a divisive lair, a sociopath of the first order, who has done nothing but support foreign policies that increases conflict, suffering and death, and now risk of global nuclear confrontation; we, who must live with the real consequences, and who understand the depths of depravation of this, likely winning contestant, winning because of the shallow ignorance and self delusional and brainwashed masses of voters in a corrupted system; we can only look on in disgust and dismay.

For consolation, I have no doubt of the ineffability of the Karma applying its universal law to what we all do and don't do. The USns may think they had a good run since the beginning of their nation or at least the last century, but if they see where they have got themselves and how, and at who's expense, what is coming down the line for them, should be no surprise. It's just unfortunate that so many non-USns who can clearly see what's happening, but can do nothing to change the course of the US's self immolation in the fires of hell, will be equally if not more effected and suffer as a result, yet again.

tuetenueggel's picture

People feel uncomfortable with bad news. They don´t want to listen to bad news. They simply like good news. If they think about bad news, they come to the coclusion:

It could soon hit myself. Oh No !!!

Bob's picture

True.  If the MSM ignores it or addresses it superficially or declares it taboo by any means, simply releasing it means little to most of the population, wonders of the internet notwithstanding. 

They really should produce summaries in an article format--written to various reading comprehension levels.  Scattering seed upon the wind doesn't do justice to the info they release, lofty oratorios about free speech or not.

BlackSun59's picture

Otherwise known as "dumbing it down".

Mr.BlingBling's picture

"If he wants to be heard he needs to do a much better job of presenting/democratizing the information."

"No.  Hell No!" 

I reject the concept that information needs to be 'democratized' to the point where the dumbest mouth-breather can understand it.  Nuance and rationale are key concepts here and dumbing down language to the written equivalent of a Mr. Yuk sticker prevents intelligent evaluation of the material being conveyed. 

If Wiki wants to simultaneously release the comic book version of an adult communique then I have no objections.  But enough of the catering to the least common denominator which is on a glide path to Idiocracy.

Nexus789's picture

You mean dumbing down.  What's below dumbed down? 

Chandos's picture

If true, that is a sad state of affairs because the language used is very clear and there is great coherence in the way it unfolds..

Omen IV's picture

really - you are criticizing him - exactly what have you done ?

what are his resources? given the shere volume of material and need for security as the NSA and DNC are against his business -  he has done a remarkable job - ONE GUY - in the world has brought up countless illegal acts by the Criminals known as Clinton

no one else has come close to his disclosures including the .........FBI


ASSANGE deserves the Congressional Medal for Honor and the Freedom Award!

michelp's picture

"Assange's language is unreadable to 80% of the population.

If he wants to be heard he needs to do a much better job of presenting/democratizing the information."

What! Not enough 'Fuck' and 'Shit'?

Of course it is ureadable because 80% of the population of the US is illiterate.

Of course it has to do with languages, which you can hardly speak or read unless it's no more than 4 letter words on your iphones.

The US has become a corrupt and pretentious 3rd. world country.


markovchainey's picture

He'll be on the next episode of Rehabilitation. Latte anyone?

back to basics's picture

Precisely. Assange's definition of a "whopper" is quite different than the average American ignoramus.

He gave us lots of whoppers, it's just that the American sheeple are too dumbed dowm, drugged up and too distracted to notice and no one in power today is interested in upholding the law. The worse of both worlds.

Get out and vote for TRUMP in numbers, take your family, take your friends, take anyone who will listen with you. This ain't over until is over but if we lose this election the America of our forfathers if fiinished in plain view.

Randy Bobandy's picture

it's not only in america dude, these people are crawling all over europe too

jus_lite_reading's picture


Julian, you will be forever a hero in my eyes. I always felt you were doing "God's work" fighting a corrupt and vile system.


We stand with you.

otschelnik's picture

And the Lame Stream Media knows that Assange / Wikileaks scooped 'em, so they're not going to pick up the leads  provided from the competition and do their jobs.   No matter what happens, NYTimes, CNN, and all the other colluders have been exposed for the shills that they are, void of any journalistic integrity. 


Zang's picture

Makes it hard to prosecute when the FBI/DOJ and current POTUS block any and every investigation !!!

PTR's picture

If we do lose this election, it's my hope that the shared misery that the dying PTB try shoving down our throats only serves to awaken people that much faster.

T830's picture

^^^This, and underestimated the depth of corruption throughout the US Government.




They are waiting for Hillary to steal it, then are dropping the whopper.  With extra bacon.

AngryNinja's picture

Bingo we have a winner!  

I'm one of those people who has spent weeks going throught this stuff and working with others. It's all in there the primary fruad, colusion, bribery, and donations from forgein interest. It's hardwork going through all the info but it is there. 

The Americn people are either just not smart enough or to scared to grasp the truth. This country has been a puppet of the Saudis since Bush I, they have infatrated the highest offices in this country - Go research Valire Jarret and Huma do you really think its a mistake that these two are connected to who they are. Hillarys biggest donars are from ME countries namely SA and Qatar that dosen't strike anyone as odd? 

The redpill is hard to swallow and you know what it is fucking scary once you have the blinders off, but if we don't take them off as a collective whole soon we are finished, we may already be finished.

I hope I'm wrong but I think Hillary will win the establishment has to much to lose and the Saudis want what they paid for. They need it desperatley to stay in power and they need the US military to deliver it for them.

Julian clearly believes in the idea of America and it's people, he truly believed we would see in do the right thing. It wasnt Julian who let us down by not giving us a "Whooper". It was us who let Julian down for being so complacet and dumb.

Think about the below next time you hear some bitch talking about safe spaces and micro aggression. They are dismantling our liberties one by one

Benjamin Franklin — 'Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom;and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.'

SimmerDown's picture

"No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” - H.L. Mencken

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

But where is fucking WHOPPER?

There was no Whopper.  Something that I feared would be the case.  Nothing in those emails was outstanding.  Nothing yuge enough to cause millions of voters to change their minds.  Nothing to get people to walk away from the corrupt Clinton Machine.  Nothing!  IMO this was just a big publicity event for WikiLeaks.  "Look at me, I am Important" garbage.

Al Bendova's picture

There were many whoppers.  They were all discounted and/or ignored by the press and the public.  In the end, we get what we deserve.  Any country that would elect HRC, deserves her.

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Remember they have sai dthey have leaks coming through next week.  There are undoubtedly more coming should she win or not.  and if you haven't read these two pages, you'r emissing the biggest whopppers out there.  The DC pedophile ring and the FBIanon who tipped us off to it are detailed here: