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.


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 ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle 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 TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE