Former US ambassador to Russia goes after WikiLeaks in tweetstorm
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Monday slammed WikiLeaks in a series of tweets in which he called for people to stop referring to WikiLeaks as a "news organization."

"They are a foreign agent, supported by Russia, publishing stolen data," McFaul tweeted on Monday.

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WikiLeaks responded, calling itself an "award winning independent media organization, funded entirely by its readers, book and film sales."

McFaul shot back that the organization publishes "stolen data" and has made clear in the presidential race that it is "overtly partisan."

WikiLeaks in recent weeks has been posting emails which it says are stolen from the archive of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris lists out 'racist' actions by Trump in '60 minutes' interview: 'It all speaks for itself' Trump has list of top intelligence officials he'll fire if he wins reelection: report Clinton says most Republicans want to see Trump gone but can't say it publicly: report MORE's campaign chairman, John Podesta.

The messages have been released by WikiLeaks in small batches, with an apparent intention of maximizing their political impact. 

Intelligence officials have suggested the hacking of Podesta's account was part of a broad campaign by Russia to influence the presidential election.

McFaul on Monday knocked WikiLeaks in several subsequent tweets. He slammed its claims to be independent and noted the organization has never published stolen data about Russian President Vladimir Putin or Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE