WikiLeaks founder promises new leaks on US election

Julian Assange pledges to release one million documents related to US vote, but denies aiming to harm Clinton.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the group will publish about one million documents related to the US presidential election and three governments in coming weeks, but denied the release was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.

    Assange, speaking via a video link on Tuesday, said the documents would be made public before the end of the year, starting with an initial batch in the coming week.

    Assange, 45, who remains at the Ecuadoran embassy in London where he sought refuge in 2012 to avoid possible extradition to Sweden, said the election material was "significant" and would come out before the November 8 vote.

    He criticised Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, for demonising WikiLeaks' work after a spate of releases related to the Democratic National Committee

    READ MORE: UN panel says Assange 'arbitrarily detained' since 2010

    "The material that WikiLeaks is going to publish before the end of the year is of ... a very significant moment in different directions, affecting three powerful organisations in three different states as well as ... the US election process," he said via a video link at an event in Berlin, marking the group's 10th anniversary.

    Julian Assange on the Panama Papers - The Listening Post

    He said the material would focus on war, weapons, oil, mass surveillance, the technology giant Google and the US election, but declined to give any details.

    "There has been a misquoting of me and WikiLeaks publications ... [suggesting] we intend to harm Hillary Clinton or I intend to harm Hillary Clinton or that I don't like Hillary Clinton. All those are false," he said.

    For weeks Donald Trump supporters had been waiting for WikiLeaks to publish documents they hoped would destroy Clinton's chances in November.

    Long-time Trump supporter Roger Stone even tweeted that after the Assange press conference, the Clinton campaign would be "done".

    Thousands of Trump supporters from around the US stayed up on Monday night to find out about the much-hyped WikiLeaks revelation, and shared their comments under the hashtag "October Surprise" on Twitter.

    Assange also signalled changes in the way WikiLeaks is organised and funded, saying the group would soon open itself to membership. He said it was looking to expand its media ties beyond the 100 outlets it already works with.

    Asked how he felt after four years in the embassy, he said "pale" and joked that he would be a good candidate for a medical study since he was otherwise healthy, but had not seen the sun in more than four years.

    READ MORE: The curious case of Julian Assange

    Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning over sexual assault allegations in 2010. He denies the charges, and says he fears subsequent extradition to the United States, where a criminal investigation into the activities of WikiLeaks is under way.

    In 2010, WikiLeaks released more than 90,000 secret documents on the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan, followed by almost 400,000 US military reports detailing operations in Iraq.

    Those disclosures were followed by the release of millions of diplomatic cables dating back to 1973.

    Inside Story - Will Julian Assange walk free?

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News And News Agencies


    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.