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WikiLeaks Founder: Obama Wants To 'Delegitimize' Trump

| by Ray Brown

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Obama administration of attempting to “delegitimize” the incoming Donald Trump presidency.

“They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House,” Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview. “They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president.”

Assange continued: "Our publications had wide uptake by the American people. They’re all true. But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House.”

WikiLeaks published thousands of emails that were hacked from the Democratic National Committee servers during the presidential election. After Clinton's loss, the CIA and FBI stated that they believed the Russian government hacked the DNC to help Trump beat his Democratic rival. But Assange denied that WikiLeaks received DNC emails from a Russian government source.

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“Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no,” he said.

As for whether or not WikiLeaks helped Trump beat Clinton, Assange said any blame for Clinton's loss should be put on her campaign and the Democratic Party.

Did [WikiLeaks] change the outcome of the election? Who knows, it’s impossible to tell," Assange told Fox News. "But if it did, the accusation is that the true statements of Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, and the DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, their true statements is what changed the election.”

In recent days, Assange has struck back at allegations from Democrats that he's to blame for their loss.

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“What is the allegation here exactly?" Assange said in an interview with the Italian newspaper la Repubblica when asked if he did a "hit job" on Clinton.

"We published what the Democratic National Committee, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, and Hillary Clinton herself were saying about their own campaign, which the American people read and were very interested to read, and assessed the elements and characters, and then they made a decision," Assange said. "That decision was based on Hillary Clinton's own words, her campaign manager's own words. That's democracy."

Sources: La Repubblica, Fox News via The Hill/ Photo Credit: Cancilleria de Ecuador/Flickr

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