Wikileaks Press Conference Post Mortem: The CIA "Issued A Press Release, Not An Intelligence Report"

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Submitted by Stefanie MacWilliams via,

Wikileaks announced a 9AM press conference on Monday morning to, quote, “respond to the CIA report on the US election”. Wikileaks readers were asked to tweet questions using the #AskWL hashtag on Twitter. 

The press conference was streamed live from the Ecaudorian embassy in London, via an audio feed on Periscope.

Julian Assange slammed the recent report as a “press release”, stating that only about five pages of the report could be considered substantial content.

“The real question is whether the Russians hacked the Democratic party with the intention of favoring Donald Trump,” Said Assange [Paraphrase].


Even if you accept that Russia hackers were involved, even if no evidence was presented in the report, what was the intent of those Russian attacks and do they connect to Wikileaks.”

Assange went on to confirm once again that the DNC emails and the Podesta emails were not provided by state actors.

He accuses that the report “deliberately obscures” the timeline of the email leak in regard to the timeframe in which Donald Trump became a serious contender for President. He notes that DNI director James Clapper himself has confirmed that the intelligence community does not know when Wikileaks obtained any of the emails.

Assange also took issue with the conflation of direct vote hacking and the possibility of information which caused a change in public opinion. He asserts that Donna Brazile and other DNC and Hillary campaign officials lied to the public by stating that the emails were “fake” and noted Wikileaks’ ten year accuracy record.

The conference then moved on to answering questions from the Twitter hashtag.

“On a scale of one to ten, how fabricated was the CIA report?”  Assange states that this is an interesting question, since by nature of the report, there is very little accusatory information and most of the content is speculative.


“Your whole premise has been that you don’t know sources and therefore can’t endanger them. Now you say you don’t know your source.” Assange denies that this statement was made, and asserted that the source is not a state party. He clarifies that Wikileaks treats their source information with care and wants to keep that record. He says that depending on the case, they can give more or less information without compromising their safety.


“Is Wikileaks sure that the go-between didn’t get the information from the Russians or a private hacking group on order from the Russians?” Assange stated that “we can’t play 20 questions with sources, for obvious reasons.”


In regards to many questions about “proof of life”, Assange states that it has been a difficult time for him with pressure from many sides, and that he will address the proof of life issue in a Reddit AMA tomorrow morning.


“What is the most important thing we can do before obama leaves office?” Assange states his level of concern with destruction of records across agencies, and states that both Democrat and Republican governments have been guilty of destroying vital information. He asserts that destroying historical documents is a crime against humanity and our shared history. He asks whistleblowers to get ahold of data now and protect it.


“Julian, how are you doing? How is your health? How much longer will you survive in the embassy?” Assange states that “It’s a difficult environment to be in for six years without trial,” and that “On the other hand, I am committed to this work and it gives me engery to continue.”


“What would you say to people who see Wikileaks’ recent activity as an open endorsement of trump?” Assange states that before the election, he released an editorial (presumably this one) on behalf of Wikileaks which answered some of these concerns. He admits they all assumed Hillary was going to win, and goes on to explain that the conflict was mainly against the elite power class. He also asserts that he has concerns about Trump’s administration and calls many of his cabinet choices “poor” with “some interesting ones”. Trump will “loosen up” DC, he says – both positively and negatively.


“Do you think the intelligence report released by the CIA undermines the leak, or is this just growing pains of a major leak like this?” Assange states that Wikileaks like any publisher likes the attention on their materials, and the fact that the DNI report concluded the veracity and accuracy of their documents adds weight to the strength of the leaks. He states the content was what had the biggest impact.


“Is there a future for the FOIA in the present ‘fake news’ attack on the press and freedom of speech?” Assange calls the Freedom of Information Act a “formalized leak system” and states that there is a “hoover dam of information” that is being withheld due to Wikileaks being under investigation by the DOJ.


“Why don’t you explain why it would be hard for Russia to hack the votes. Explain the security, and how easy it would be.” Assange states that the media has put out a lot of misinformation leading people to believe the vote machines and vote counting infrastructure were breached. Though Assange criticizes electronic voting as not secure, he also states that the intelligence community has stated that this sort of hack did not occur.


“Why is there more focus on those who exposed the corruption instead of on the offenders?” Assange specifically notes Fox as one of the few mainstream outlets who actually covered the content – but gives the initial credit to the citizen journalists who found the most important information that was picked up later by broader media.


“Is there any truth to the rumour that W ikileaks had access to rnc data and chose not to leak?” “No, that’s false. Absolutely false.”


“How do you feel about trump cabinet picks that called for the death penalty for Wikileaks whistleblowers?” Assange states that many Republicans and Republican supporters were opportunists, but they were also mislead by the media and specifically the Obama administration that the Wikileaks releases led to the deaths of US soldiers. Assange states that this was proven to be false.


“Why do you think the US  media is recieving intelligence before President Elect Trump?” Assange states that this was a strategic move to ensure the American public was only receiving one narrative, and to make it more difficult for Donald Trump and Wikileaks to respond to the allegations. He states that had they released it on a Friday afternoon themselves, it wouldn’t have had the same effect. Particularly since by releasing it on a Thursday afternoon, including some classified information that was not later released to the public, they were able to further their own narrative. He slams the report once again stating that “This report is not really about facts, it’s about producing something that is not falsifiable and is intellectually bankrupt.”


“Do you believe whistleblowers will be safer in the upcoming administration, or will they continue to be persecuted?” Assange states that he believes they will continue to be persecuted, and that though there are some anti-DC elements of the upcoming administration, Trump will form his own establishment.

“No system of authority likes those who undermine it’s authority.” Said Assange.

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Jim in MN's picture


Trump election: Russia 'tired' of US hacking 'witch-hunt'
  • 9 January 2017



In his comments on Monday, Mr Peskov said Russia "categorically denied that Moscow had been involved in any hacking attacks".

"Groundless accusations which are not supported by anything are being rehearsed in an amateurish, unprofessional way. We don't know what information they are actually relying on."

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Jim in MN Jan 9, 2017 11:15 AM

Wait, aren't the media supposed to be neutral?  Why are you guys not being good little pentagon stenographers?

Crash Overide's picture

So everyone is talking about the "hacking" not the disgusting and criminal behavior of the actual content of the emails... 

bamawatson's picture
heard jim rickards mention #WeDontNeedYou; loved it; refers to msm; msm We Don't Need You ...... bye bye


BennyBoy's picture


The CIA "Issued A Press Release, Not An Intelligence Report"



Ignatius's picture

Yeah, well, violating a press release is a very serious charge...

I read that in the New York Times.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Isn't the purpose of an intelligence organization to deceive?

Gazooks's picture

yes, but to the CIA counterintelligence just means stupidity

evoila's picture

"Mish's" track record of investing sucks. Absolutely horrible.

CuttingEdge's picture

How about a Congressional hearing on fake news...starting Jan 22nd?

Put Chavetz and Gowdy in charge, then drag every motherfucking cunt from the MSM in front of them (starting with Harwood) to have a new arsehole ripped. It's not as if there isn't a mountain of evidence as to who are the main proponents of fake news.


Supafly's picture

As much as I enjoy watching those two humiliate the shills, nothing ever comes of it. 

ReZn8r's picture

Only executing the perp's will change the system. And it might take executing 1000 or more to get the message across.

I prefer they hang them and leave them hanging for about 3 days.

sgt_doom's picture

But WHY???

Thanks to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and its numerous lawsuits, the federal courts have long ago decided it is LEGAL to fictionalize the news --- i.e., FAKE NEWS --- in Amerika.

(Technically, it is still illegal in Canada, but listening to CBC over the years proves they don't follow their laws up there!)

If fake news were truly illegal in Amerika, then Fox, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS and NPR would have been shut down long ago.

After all, as the president said, "This is a nation of laws."  (And that's why none of the banksters went to jail, heh . . . heh . . . heh!)

sgt_doom's picture

Of course the Russkies hacked for Trump's favor in the election --- they wanted Comrade Trump, an old-line socialist, in the White House.

Of course . . . .


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Your sarcastic question aside, it's becoming blatantly clear, that most Talking Heads in the MSM and even a few on Fox (Shep Smith, Catherine Herridge, Chris Wallace) are Deep* State assets.

* WH, State Dept, DOD, FBI, CIA, DHS, DOJ

They are quick to follow the Party Line. Note that, instead of using their Investigative Journalism skills ("Question everything"), they turn into Infotainment and Propaganda mouthpieces:

They are quick to use the trick of Referral to Official Power for their information and Narrative, i.e. they are mouthpieces of their Political Overlords.

They're not just Presstitutes. They are Assets. CIA owned.

Akzed's picture

Trace Gallagher and Megyn Kelly helped cover up pizzagate, meaning that they are either ignorant to the point of professional negligence, or are knowingly protecting pedophiles and worse. That's all we need to know about FNC. Everything else is window dressing.

Took Red Pill's picture

"Can't we just drone this guy?!"

DirtySanchez's picture

The first Congressional Medal of Freedom POTUS Trump issues should go to Julian Assange.

Trump absolutely must exonerate this good man and make him an example of what all journalists should aspire; simply present the facts.

Everything else presented by the purveyors of fake news,i.e.,...cnn,nbc,cbs,abc,nytimes,wsj,wapo,globe,tribune,etc is biased and engineered horse shit.

sgt_doom's picture

But if the Trumpster does not --- then we'll know for sure the hegemons and oligarchs are still running the show!!!!

Confucious 222's picture

Now, just TRY to look at this from point of view of the die-hard Hitlery supporters:

We are a bunch of freaks, faggots, perverts and bedwetters, and normal people scare us! WE WANT CANKLES!

buzzsaw99's picture

You're full of beans and so's your old man. [/Flick, A Christmas Story]

youarelost's picture

When will WIKI begin producing leaks about Putin and team or are they not allowed? I have yet to see them produce anything negative on them. They should also bring forth whatever else there are hold on the Dem Crook candidate even though her buddy Trump will never jail her.

besnook's picture

wikileaks does not dig for info. they only have info people have given them. if you want something posted about trump you or someone eles has to furnish the info.

CuttingEdge's picture

Maybe Putin has better cyber security than Obumfuck and Co?


DaveyJones's picture
  • They've published quite a bit a crap about quite a bit of people and places over the years. Some of the most DIRECT and accurate journalism - giving the WORLD public the primary documents and information. Suggesting they are biased, compared to all the others, makes little sense. They also been acknowledged by a few over the years:     
  • The Economist New Media Award (2008)
  • The Amnesty New Media Award (2009)
  • TIME Magazine Person of the Year, People’s Choice (highest global vote) (2010)
  • The Sam Adams Award for Integrity (2010)
  • The National Union of Journalists Journalist of the Year (Hrafnsson) (2011)
  • The Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (2011)
  • The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011)
  • The Blanquerna Award for Best Communicator (2011)
  • The Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (2011)
  • The Voltaire Award for Free Speech (2011)
  • The International Piero Passetti Journalism Prize of the National Union of Italian Journalists (2011)
  • The Jose Couso Press Freedom Award (2011)
  • The Privacy International Hero of Privacy (2012)
  • The Global Exchange Human Rights People’s Choice Award (2013)
  • The Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts (2013)
  • The Brazillian Press Association Human Rights Award (2013)
  • The Kazakstan Union of Journalists Top Prize (2014)
besnook's picture

83% -17%. those are important numbers. the msm is totally irrelevant. wikileaks is the new all the news that is fit to print.

Mike Masr's picture

Where are the congressional hearings on this:  

"Death threats to Trump electors"

All of this highly politicized news coverage about the so-called "Russian interference" (without any facts) in our election process and not one iota about real and actual interference in our election process.

Most, if not all of the Trump electors recieved numerous death threats to intimidate them to go against the peoples will and switch their vote  over to crooked Hillary, or anyone other than Trump. Isn't this interference in our election process vis a vis the Electoral College? These death threats were sent by IM, email, by tweet and by US mail. Saw a Trump elector on Hannity talking about the death threats.

Why the fuck isn't the FBI and CIA looking into this? And why doesn't our MSM care about this? 

Funny how nobody in Congress gives a fuck about it!

Onan_the_Barbarian's picture

I hope, hope, hope that once the air cover from the White House is removed, there will be all sorts of investigations like this.

Who knows, they might even find Lois Lerner's missing Tea Party emails.

mvlazysusan's picture

I want to know how Putin hacked the "intelligence" establishment into acting like idiots and destroying any credibility the had remaining!

TheLastTrump's picture

Since the media is full of shit & clearly on the side of the Democrat/liberal/neocon machine attempting to reseize power in the USA I wouldn't buy anything they said. Anyone parroting their crap on this issue is a useful idiot. We all owe Trump for exposing their evil.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Get it straight: they are not on their side. They are:

1. Very well paid ASSETS

2. Given their Compensation, they are on their own side.

TheLastTrump's picture

Not true. The media is willing to look like jackasses indicating that they will take a hit for their side. Assets? Sure. But these assets work for a particular side. Get it straight.

IndyPat's picture

Wrong Kirk.

They are true believers.
Anyone watching these fucks go to pieces on election night knows that.
True believers.

Kat Daddy's picture

Russian hacking and fake news are distractions from the real issues discovered in the emails; and the most damning one is the rampant Pedophilia among the Global Elite.  It has the ability to take down the NWO "Synagogue of Satan" governments of the West, from the USA to Europe the British Commonwealth.  How is it that the police sketches of the perps in the kidnapping of Madeline McCann, suppressed for five years, are dead ringers for the Podesta Bros who were at pedophile Clement Freud's villa 1500 metres from the McCann's vacation home?  Why wouldn't this case be immidiately reopened by Scotland Yard and the Portugese authorities?  Have these agencies been told to stand down? All the wierd stuff at Comet Pizza is enough to at least get a warrant and conduct an investigation.  Jaime Lesenfants is clearly lying his ass off! Instead the DC police cover it up, wake up people and spread the news, the world is run by pedophiles and no one cares.  As our good friend, HRC would say, "it's for the children".

Mini-Me's picture

It's hard to stifle laughter when reading the words "intelligence" and "CIA" in the same sentence.  A bunch of incompetent, bumbling, dangerous fools.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Fear and ego exist for humans to overcome.

U.S. intelligence agencies ... FAIL!

Grandad Grumps's picture

From the Russians, via They believe that Trump will use the executive order below to go after Soros and take away his stuff.

“I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the actions and policies of persons that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”

IndyPat's picture

That...would be one really fucking GREAT day in America.
I'd personally embark on a 6 week bender.

Herdee's picture

Is there a disclaimer on top of the so-called intelligence? Bazaar stuff. Anything by Obama to discredit Trump and try to mess up the economy even further by selling off strategic oil reserves in the last days of office. Democrats are desperate NeoCons.


As a controlling authority over all so-called 'authorities' in this world I must admit that there are no individuals, or authorities, that can undermine my authority, ever. The difference between real authority and the pseudo-authority of a Banana Republic tin pot dictator will play out over time to reveal the lack of clothes that the emperor is wearing, and his nakedness.


Up yours, Jacob Rothschild & Rothschild Bank!


P.S. That 600 trillion in physical gold bullion is now all mine and has been eaten up in late payment interest charges on the $30 trillion in physical old bullion invoice your corporation received but failed to pay, Jacob old boy!



IndyPat's picture

Glad that rash healed up.
Welcome back.

roadhazard's picture

When is the last time any of you got an official detailed intelligence report with the t's crossed and the i's dotted about Anything from the Government. If they told you it would give the russian the info on how the US got their info. Y'all know this butt just love to bitch because of your red ass. Trump knows and admits the hack. Whine on, bitches.

dlweld's picture

Didn't actually notice any whining - except from you - possibly projecting.

Bay of Pigs's picture

You're a statist fucking hack, that much is certain.

roadhazard's picture

I'm not Trumps bitch that's for sure. You fan boys can go fuck yourselves.

dlweld's picture

I can’t help but wonder if the real Russian agenda is to discredit the American intelligence agencies. I can’t imagine the CIA and others could do such a good job of this on their own. Or could they? They sure appear to be being suckered into looking stupid and, if you think of their credibility as being their capital – they’re burning through it at a great rate. Be bankrupt soon and rendered unimportant.

hooligan2009's picture

you may as well ask what the intention is of the CIA to attack Russia.

it is the samde circular argument used by militants in Iran, the US, Israel, Pakistan, Libya, Russia, China, the UK et al to justify military operations WITH NO ACHIEVABLE OBJECTIVE in foreign countries

acts of war by the US, Russia, China and the UK are just that - the kabuki theatre you see being played out is to justify buying arms and ammunition to accomplish profit and power DOMESTICALLY.

does anyon in their right mind think that profits or power can be siphoned off from the US by China and Russia? or that, if this was the case, that the US was not siphoning off profits and power from Russia and China already?

follow the money - the US investment management industry has invested hundred of billions of dollars of US pension fund assets into Russia and China - why isn't anyone accusing that industry of damaging US interests 9FOR FOUR TIMES THE FEES AS US BASED INVESTMENTS)?