WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised ‘significant’ disclosures on subjects including the U.S. election and Google in the coming weeks as the secret-spilling group marked its 10th anniversary on Tuesday.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised to release information on subjects including the U.S. election and Google
Assange said WikiLeaks plans to start publishing new material starting this week, but wouldn’t specify the timing and subject
He warned that the so called ‘October Surprise’ will expose Google
Assange did not reveal what type of information would be leaked about the tech giant, but his 2014 book could provide a clue
In it, he wrote: ‘(Eric) Schmidt’s tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of U.S. power structures…’
Assange said WikiLeaks plans to start publishing new material starting this week, but wouldn’t specify the timing and subject and warned that the so called ‘October Surprise’ may expose Google.
The war between Assange and the tech giant started in 2014 when he wrote about the company in his book titled, ‘When Google Met Wikileaks’, according to Recode.
‘Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad,’ Assange wrote in the book.
‘But it has. Schmidt’s tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of U.S. power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive megacorporation.’
Assange became concerned about former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s ties with the State Department in 2009 when Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state.
He has claimed that Schmidt, who is a chairman at the company, has worked with the Clintons for years, as Donald Trump accused Google of political bias saying that it suppresses negative news about Clinton.
Speaking by video link to an anniversary news conference in Berlin earlier this week, he said the leaks include ‘significant material’ on war, arms, oil, internet giant Google, the U.S. election and mass surveillance.
WikiLeaks hopes ‘to be publishing every week for the next 10 weeks,’ Assange said.
The group, which released Democratic National Committee emails days before the party’s national convention earlier this year, wouldn’t say who or what campaign would be affected by the upcoming U.S. election leaks.
Assange said speculation that he or WikiLeaks intend to harm Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is ‘false.’
Asked whether he feels any personal affinity with Clinton’s Republican rival, Donald Trump, Assange replied: ‘I feel personal affinity really, I think, with all human beings.’
‘I certainly feel sorry for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,’ he added. ‘These are two people that are tormented by their ambitions in different ways.’
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