Clinton: WikiLeaks is a ‘tool of Russian intelligence’

Clinton: WikiLeaks is a ‘tool of Russian intelligence’
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE in a new interview labeled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a "tool of Russian intelligence."

In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corp., Clinton said Assange had "become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator," according to The Associated Press.

“He’s a tool of Russian intelligence, and if he’s such a ... martyr of free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?” she said.

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Assange fired back at Clinton, saying there is "something wrong" with the former Democratic presidential nominee.

“It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement,” he tweeted. “Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen."

“Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.”

Clinton said during the interview there was a "concerted operation between WikiLeaks and Russia."

"And most likely people in the United States to, as I say, weaponize that information, to make up stories, outlandish, often terrible stories that had no basis in fact, no basis even in the emails themselves, but which were used to denigrate me, my campaign, people who supported me, and to help (Donald) Trump,” Clinton said.

“WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence."

WikiLeaks published vast archives of emails related to the Clinton campaign in the months leading up to the election.

U.S. intelligence agencies believe the emails were stolen by hackers from their Russian counterparts. Assange has denied that the documents came from Russia.