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.
Can people STOP referring to Wikileaks as a news organization. They are a foreign agent, supported by Russia, publishing stolen data.— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 24, 2016
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.
You work is also underwritten by Russian intelligence services. That makes your claim to being "independent" suspect. https://t.co/NfzHHELjDK— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 24, 2016
Your claim to being independent would be more credible if you published stolen data about Putin & Trump. You have never done so. https://t.co/NfzHHELjDK— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 24, 2016
Ill admit, I'm afraid to exercise my 1st amendment rights in discussing Wikileaks for fear of cyber attack retribution. Not democratic. https://t.co/NfzHHELjDK— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 24, 2016
You published a cable reporting on a friend of mine recommending that US support Medvedev, not Putin. My friend, Nemtsov, is now dead. https://t.co/NfzHHELjDK— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 24, 2016
Imagine a world in which every conversation between journalists & sources was published by Wikileaks. Good for democracy? https://t.co/NfzHHELjDK— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 24, 2016