WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has signaled that his website may release more material that could throw a wrench in the 2016 presidential election process.
On July 22, Assange’s anti-secrecy organization dumped a database of roughly 20,000 emails that had been hacked from the Democratic National Committee.
The emails indicated an inappropriate bias against the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, prompting DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down.
The emails have also reignited anger among a portion of Sanders’ supporters who have staged disruptions of the Democratic National Convention, protesting against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
On July 27, Assange told CNN that WikiLeaks might be releasing “a lot more material.”
The WikiLeaks founder, who is currently holed up in an Ecuadorean Embassy in London to escape pending allegations of sexual assault in Sweden, has made it no secret that he hopes to damage the presidential prospects of former Secretary of State Clinton.
In a June 12 interview with ITV, Assange said that he viewed Clinton as more dangerous than Trump, whom he described as “completely unpredictable.”
Clinton had been Secretary of State when WikiLeaks released thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and other classified information. She called for his indictment, which Assange stated has made his grudge against her personal.
“We do see her as a bit of a problem for freedom of the press more generally,” Assange said.
The WikiLeaks founder confirmed to Democracy Now! that his organization had released the DNC emails days before the party convention with the intention of hurting Clinton’s campaign.
“I think it is a quite a classical release, showing the benefit of producing pristine data sets, presenting them before the public… and have them in a citable form where they can be used to prop up certain criticisms or political arguments,” Assange explained.
The WikiLeaks founder has refused to reveal the source of the DNC emails, playing coy when asked about concerns that Russia may have hacked into the database in order to influence the U.S. election.
“Perhaps one day the source or sources will step forward and that might be an interesting moment; some people may have egg on their faces,” Assange said.