Wikileaks Livestream, Assange: “Obama is Destroying Evidence Before He Leaves Office”
Julian Assange accuses Obama administration of destroying records in Wikileaks livestream
JULIAN Assange has accused Barack Obama’s departing Democrat administration of destroying records during an online livestream press conference today.
By Jon Austin
PUBLISHED: 14:34, Mon, Jan 9, 2017 | UPDATED: 18:38, Mon, Jan 9, 2017
Mr Assange fielded questions and answers at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been holed up to avoid facing a rape charge in Sweeden, from online followers.
The Wikileaks founder sensationally accused the departing administration of being in the process of destroying its own records NOW.
Responding to a question of what he would like to see Obama do in his final days, Mr Assange said to ensure that records are not destroyed.
He said: “We are told the destruction of records is happing now in different departments of the Obama administration.
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“Such information is part of our history and belongs legally and philosophically to the American people, and more broadly in respect of US dealings with the world, it belongs to the world.
“It is part of human history and its destruction should be formely listed as a crime.”
“One can understand the political motivation for it, but to eliminate small political risks by destroying many elements of history is frankly an obscenity.
“So we have put out a reward for $30,000 fopr information leading to the arrest or exposure of anyone engaged in such destruction of historical records.
“Our request to system administrators in the Obama admininstration is to take the data now – keep it under your bed, or with your mother, and you can give it to Wikileaks or other journalists at your leisure.
“It belongs to humanity not a political party.”
Mr Assange also slammed a CIA report which claimed the Russian Government had leaked tens of thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton’s Democrat (DNC) campaign team to Wikileaks in the run up to the US presidential election.
Wikileaks had published the emails, largely from the personal gmail account of campaign manger John Podesta, over several weeks, with many claiming it was the reason for Donald Trump’s win due to the negative publicity caused.