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Assange: WikiLeaks’s Trump info no worse than him

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his group’s intel on Donald Trump pales in comparison to the billionaire’s own rhetoric.

Assange, whose organization has released embarrassing Democratic National Committee emails believed to have been hacked by Russian entities, said the group doesn’t have anything on Trump that is more controversial than the GOP presidential nominee’s own public comments. 

“We do have some information about the Republican campaign,” he said Friday, according to The Washington Post.

{mosads}“I mean, it’s from a point of view of an investigative journalist organization like WikiLeaks, the problem with the Trump campaign is it’s actually hard for us to publish much more controversial material than what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth every second day,” Assange said.

“I mean, that’s a very strange reality for most of the media to be in.”

Assange has made WikiLeaks a factor in the 2016 race by threatening information leaks involving both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Assange said Wednesday, for example, his organization expects to release surprising knowledge about Clinton before the general presidential election.

“I think it’s significant,” he said of WikiLeaks’s trove on Fox News. “You know, it depends on how it catches fire in the public and in the media.

“I don’t want to give the game away, but it’s a variety of documents from different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles, some quite interesting, some even entertaining.”

Assange also said earlier this month WikiLeaks is eager for information it can publicly release about Trump.

“If anyone has any information that is from inside the Trump campaign, which is authentic, it’s not like some claimed witness statement but actually internal documentation, we’d be very happy to receive and publish it,” he said in an Aug. 17 interview aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

WikiLeaks released a trove of nearly 20,000 DNC emails in late July, with some showing top officials suggesting ways to influence the Democratic presidential primary.

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