The political climate is heating up once again now that WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange plans to release troubling information related to the upcoming election.
With Tuesday (Oct. 4) making the controversial program’s 10th anniversary, Reuters reports Assange will spend up to 10 weeks releasing a million documents on the U.S. election and three governments. In July, the site released up to 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, causing the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz just before the Democratic National Convention. The internal emails suggested members prevented Bernie Sanders from securing the nomination.
During the announcement, Assange denied a dislike for Clinton but didn’t specify whether the documents would be damaging to her campaign. “There has been a misquoting of me and Wikileaks publications … (suggesting) we intend to harm Hillary Clinton or I intend to harm Hillary Clinton or that I don’t like Hillary Clinton,” he said. “All those are false.” His vague and flat announcement was overly hyped by Trump supporters who claimed Assange’s “October Suprise” would end Clinton’s campaign.
A larger announcement was expected with Assange speaking from the balcony of his home at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London but was canceled due to concerns about the whistle-blower’s safety. In August, Assange hinted the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich appeared to be related to the release of the DNC emails. “Whistle-blowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks,” Assange said to Dutch television program Nieuswsuur. “As a 27-year-old works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington.” Conspiracy theorists have labeled Rich WikiLeaks’ source for the DNC emails after Assange announced a $20,000 reward for information related to Rich’s death.
Assange is wanted in Sweden for a 2010 rape and could face charges of espionage if extradited to the United States for WikiLeaks’ activities. Describing them as “entertaining” and revealing, Assange says additional materials will target war, oil, mass surveillance and Google.
Since 2006, WikiLeaks has released over 10 million documents on Guantanamo Bay, illegal military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and diplomatic cables between embassies around the world.
Watch Assange’s announcement below.