WikiLeaks’ Assange to Clinton: ‘Blame yourself’ for election loss

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to blame herself for losing the 2016 presidential election.

Assange sent a tweet Wednesday pushing back on Clinton a day after she blamed the anti-secrecy organization in part for her election loss.

Assange has long been a vocal critic of Clinton, including in 2010 when he called for her to resign as secretary of State after his organization leaked embarrassing diplomatic cables.


Clinton on Tuesday partially blamed WikiLeaks’ release of hacked emails from Democratic officials for her loss to President Trump. She also blamed FBI Director James Comey, who announced 11 days before the election that his bureau was looking at new emails linked to Clinton.

“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off,” Clinton said at a Women for Women International event.

Clinton acknowledged that it was her name on the ballot.

“I was the candidate,” she said. “I was the person who was on the ballot and I am very aware of, you know, the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had.”

Comey sent a letter to Congress last October announcing the discovery of new emails potentially relevant to the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.

Comey on Wednesday dismissed WikiLeaks as an illegitimate news source, calling the website “intelligence porn.”

“It crosses a line when it moves from being about trying to educate a public, and instead just becomes about intelligence porn, frankly, just pushing out information,” Comey said at a Senate hearing. “There’s nothing that even smells journalist about some of this content.”

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