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WikiLeaks claims Obama hacking probe is investigating WikiLeaks

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Anti-secrecy platform WikiLeaks on Friday claimed President Obama’s probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was an investigation into WikiLeaks itself.

{mosads}“CNN: Obama orders report into WikiLeaks timed for release just prior to Trump presidency,” the group tweeted, linking to a CNN report about the hacking review that does not mention WikiLeaks. 

The tweet also links viewers to a donation platform.

WikiLeaks throughout the election published troves of hacked documents believed to have been stolen by Russia. It has vociferously denied any links to Moscow.

Obama administration officials on Friday revealed that the president has ordered a report on Russian efforts to meddle in the outcome of the 2016 election.

The report will examine cyber intrusions at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s personal email, officials tell The New York Times. Both batches of documents were published by WikiLeaks during the campaign as part of what officials say was an effort to “interfere” in the election. 

The intelligence community has already publicly blamed Moscow for the hack of the DNC.

“The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts,” officials said in a statement.

Some researchers immediately took to Twitter to speculate that the tweet suggests WikiLeaks is exposing its connection to the Russian government.

“Does this tweet mean that Wikileaks is admitting their Russian connection?” said Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute who has previously warned that WikiLeaks has been “weaponized” by foreign intelligence agencies.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has repeatedly denied that the publication of the DNC and Podesta emails were part of a Russian influence operation, arguing that “there is no proof of that whatsoever.”

“We have not disclosed our source, and of course, this is a diversion that’s being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign,” he said in an interview prior to the election.

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