- Julian Assange claimed Clinton made no attemot to secure her party's emails
- He reiterated claims Russia was not behind hacks during presidential election
- Emails stolen from DNC and Clinton's campaign chairman were published online
- But Assange said 'source is not Russian government and it is not a state party' Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said a 14-year-old could have hacked into the emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. John Podesta's emails were made public by the whistleblowing website and proved to be a hammer blow to the Democrat's election campaign as she lost out to Trump.In an interview, Assange revealed the campaign chairman's password was 'password' and that he had responded to phishing emails.The Wikileaks founder said he was 1,000 percent confident the Russians did not hack the Clinton campaign, adding Barack Obama was 'trying to delegitimize the Trump administration'.Julian Assange, whose interview will aired Fox News Tuesday, reiterated his claims that the Russian government was not responsible for the hacks during the 2016 presidential election and that a child could have hacked into the Democrats' emails'A 14-year-old kid could have hacked Podesta that way,' Assange told Sean Hannity on Fox News.He added Clinton made 'almost no attempt' to secure her private emails, which featured in more than 50,000 leaked documents published by WIkileaks.Assange, who was interviewed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, also said he questioned whether US media outlets would have done the same.'It's more like, "You rub my back, I'll rub yours. I'll give you information, you'll come to my – I'll invite you to my child's christening or my next big party",' he said in the interview, referring to the Clinton party's relationship with reporters.President-elect Trump reacted to the news by tweeting: 'Julian Assange said "a 14-year-old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!'In Tuesday's interview on Fox News, Assange claimed Obama's administration were 'trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President'John Podesta, whose emails Julian Assange said could have been hackedAssange, whose interview with Sean Hannity aired on Fox News last night, also reiterated his claims that Russia was not the source of the hacks.He told Hannity 'with a thousand per cent' confidence that the Russian government was not responsible for emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.Those emails were published online by WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the November 8 vote.Democrats claimed the hacks were a deliberate attempt to undermine Mrs Clinton's campaign and boost support for Donald Trump.Last week as the row intensified, Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the country.They arrived back in Russia on Monday morning.Moscow denies any involvement in election-related hacking.Last week Obama expelled 35 Russians over the hacking allegations during the presidential electionAssange is currently living under political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he sought refuge from a Swedish investigation into rape allegations from his 2010 visit to the country.The interview marked his first face-to-face TV news appearance.Speaking to Hannity about the WikiLeaks revelations, he said: '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.'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.'Last week Obama expelled 35 Russians over the hacking allegations during the presidential election.The US government accused the diplomats of 'acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status' – a euphemism for spying – and gave them 72 hours to leave the country.A tweet from the WikiLeaks account last night said: ' If you thought 2016 was a big WikiLeaks year 2017 will blow you away'Using Cold War rhetoric, he said the hacking 'could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government', suggesting Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved.The Russian government dismissed hacking allegations as absurd but Putin declined to order a tit-for-tat expulsion of American diplomats, claiming he would not 'stoop' to Obama's level.He said he would consider the actions of President-elect Trump, who takes office on January 20, when deciding on further steps in Russia-US relations.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Assange says a 14-year-old could have hacked Democratic emails as he reveals John Podesta’s password was 'password'