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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Assange: Russian government 'is not the source' for Podesta files

The Russian government did not provide emails taken from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview set to air Saturday.

"The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That's false. We can say that the Russian government is not the source," Assange said in theinterview with Dartmouth Films.

By saying "Russian government," however, Assange left open the possibility that the hackers were still Russian, but not state-sponsored.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the Department of Homeland Security have said that emails published by WikiLeaks appear to be part of a larger effort to "interfere with the U.S. election process."

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