Wik­iLeaks founder: Russia not behind Podesta email hack­ing

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Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange de­nied Thurs­day that the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment or any other “state par­ties” were his group’s source for more than 50,000 hacked emails from the files of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign chair­man, John Podesta.

In sep­a­rate state­ments from Wik­iLeaks and in an in­ter­view with a television net­work sup­ported by the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment, As­sange dis­missed warn­ings that Russia was the main ac­tor behind cy­ber­in­tru­sions on Podesta and other po­lit­i­cally con­nected in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The Wik­iLeaks founder of­fered no ev­i­dence to sup­port his de­nials in the face of U.S. gov­ern­ment state­ments that Amer­i­can in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have con­cluded that Russia was behind the hack­ing cam­paigns of Demo­cratic en­ti­ties in the U.S. Those breaches have raised alarms of po­ten­tial in­tru­sions on Elec­tion Day. Wik­iLeaks’ “sources for the Podesta emails cur­rently be­ing pub­lished are not state par­ties,” As­sange said.

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