WikiLeaks Founder Accuses Obama Administration of Trying to 'Delegitimize' Trump

January 3, 2017

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of attempting to "delegitimize" President-elect Donald Trump through its focus on Russia's role in election-related cyber attacks.

"They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president," Assange said in an interview with Fox News from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has sought refuge from European authorities over sexual assault allegations.

"Our publications had wide uptake by the American people. They're all true," Assange continued. "But that's not the allegation that's being presented by the Obama White House."

The WikiLeaks founder maintained that the hacked emails leaked in the months leading up to the presidential election were not provided by Russia. All 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia was behind the hacks.

"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," Assange said.

Assange said while it was "impossible to tell" whether the leaked emails affected the election's outcome, all of the released material derived from primary sources.

Even if WikiLeaks did influence the election, he said, "the accusation is that the true statements of Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, and the DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, their true statements is what changed the election."