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WikiLeaks founder: More Clinton leaks coming ‘soon’


Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial anti-secrecy platform WikiLeaks, said that the organization will begin to leak more information on Hillary Clinton as early as next week.

{mosads}”The first batch is reasonably soon. We are quite confident about it now,” Assange told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night. “We might put out some teasers as early as the next week or the week after.”

He noted that roadblocks in formatting the information could stall the release.

In an August interview, Assange vowed to release “thousands” of documents pertaining to Clinton that he promised would have a “significant” impact.

The platform published the stolen Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails on the eve of the party’s convention in Philadelphia.

Assange — who is currently avoiding a rape charge by living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London — is a vocal critic of the former secretary of State.

The WikiLeaks site itself refers to the DNC leak as part of its “Hillary Leaks series” and has republished in a searchable format the thousands of emails from Clinton’s private server made public on the State Department website.

Asked during a June interview on British TV if he would prefer GOP candidate Donald Trump to be president, Assange acknowledged that the business mogul is “a completely unpredictable phenomenon,” but argued against a Clinton presidency based on his “personal perspective.”

He said Clinton is one of the main U.S. officials pushing to punish him for releasing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables stolen by Pvt. Chelsea Manning during Clinton’s tenure at the State Department.

Manning is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence. Assange has not been charged.

“We do see her as a bit of a problem for freedom of the press more generally,” Assange said.

Assange vowed at the time that the group has accumulated enough material on Clinton that “we could proceed to an indictment,” although he added that “unfortunately” he did not expect that Attorney General Loretta Lynch would seek charges.

At the time of his interview, the Department of Justice hadn’t yet announced it would not prosecute Clinton over her use of a private email server for classified material. It is unclear whether Assange was referring to the DNC materials, the already-published State Department emails or other materials associated with Clinton.

Critics have accused Assange and WikiLeaks of acting as a tool for the Russian government, which is believed to be behind the theft of the DNC emails.

Assange has flatly denied those allegations, accusing Clinton’s campaign of trying to disrupt focus on the content of the DNC emails themselves by blaming Russia for their release.

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