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Assange fires at press for helping ‘demon’ Clinton

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the media is aiding Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign by pushing her narratives.

“The American liberal media is falling over themselves to defend Hillary Clinton,” he told The New York Times during a Facebook video interview Wednesday.

{mosads}“[They are] erecting a demon who is going to put nooses around everyone’s necks as soon as she wins this election, which she is almost certainly going to do.”

Assange, whose organization released internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) believed to have been stolen by Russia, said it is particularly troubling that the Democrat’s campaign has linked her critics to Russia.

“[It’s] that attempted reframing by Hillary Clinton, to declare media organizations that are publishing material that shows illicit behavior in the [Democratic National Committee] to fix the election for her, as somehow being Russian agents,” he said.

“Her campaign has effectively called, or maybe even directly called Donald Trump, the opposition leader in this case, a Russian agent,” Assange added of the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, the fourth candidate effectively in terms of numbers, has also been called a Russian agent. This is a neo-McCarthyist hysteria.”

Assange added WikiLeaks would continue challenging Clinton’s assessment of Russia as a major threat.

“Any serious analyst understands that China and the United States are the only real games in town,” he said. “China has ten times the population of Russia, seven times the GDP. Russia has the GDP of Italy.

“Of course, within its own neck of the woods, countries in between Russia and China, the Caucasus and so on, of course, Russia is very significant to them. On the world stage, Russia’s a bit player.”

Assange has made WikiLeaks a factor in the 2016 race by threatening to publicly disclose information about both Clinton and Trump.

Assange said earlier this month, for example, his organization expects to release surprising information about Clinton before the general presidential election.

“I think it’s significant,” he told Fox News on Aug. 25. “You know, it depends on how it catches fire in the public and the media.”

WikiLeaks released a trove of nearly 20,000 internal DNC emails in late July, with some showing top officials disparaging Clinton’s opponent in the party’s presidential primaries.

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