After WikiLeaks had been labeled a non-state hostile agency by CIA director Mike Pompeo, WikiLeaks mogul Julian Assange recently sat down with the Intercept for an interview lasting just under an hour to discuss the latest developments with the intelligence war being waged against WikiLeaks.
When asked what his response to the allegations that WikiLeaks received their recent leaks from Russian sources in an effort to assure the election of Donald Trump, Assange said that:
"If you read the wording carefully, that's not the dominant narrative, that's never said in anything that's fact-checked, because… WikiLeaks is no different than the U.S. media."
Assange asserted that three figures, James Clapper, James Comey, and Barack Obama (in his last press conference) had all three confirmed that WikiLeaks operates in a similar manner to the U.S. media in separate testimonies. Furthermore, Assange made a point to illustrate that WikiLeaks wasn't the only source that published classified information during the election. According to Assange:
"The allegation in relation to us is that, which once again we don't agree with, but that Russian hackers of some kind gave information to various State parties or approved of by the State, and it eventually came to us. So, there's an acceptance by the officials in the U.S. Obama administration that WikiLeaks was not engaging directly with the Russian government at all, but other U.S. media organizations were directly engaging with the Russians."