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10 January, 2017

Assange blasts 'embarrassing' ODNI report, says 'no evidence' given

During a press conference Monday, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange criticized the recent ODNI report describing it as "quite embarrassing to the reputations of the US intelligence services."

Assange answered questions submitted via #AskWL on Twitter for over an hour, which was streamed live via Periscope from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He described the ODNI's report as containing "zero evidentiary weight" and being "deliberately political." Asked about the source of the leaked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta Assange denied it was a state.

"If our sources were a state we would have a lot less concern in attempting to protect them,” he said, adding that he would not provide additional information as this could lead to their identification. "Take the data now, keep it under your bed or with your mother. You can give it to WikiLeaks,” Assange said, encouraging members of the Obama administration to prevent information being destroyed before he leaves office.

He denied that WikiLeaks posessed information from the Republican National Committee which they refused to publish, calling the claim "false." Assange said he believed that whistleblowers would continue to be persecuted under Trump's administration, saying "No system of authority likes those who undermine their authority.

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