The Wikileaks project has always been more like opposition research than even-handed reporting. Assange's goal is to find dirt in the servers of powerful individuals or organizations he sees as corrupt or dangerous, and bring them down by exposing it. As he memorably told Der Spiegel in 2010, “I enjoy crushing bastards.”
Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange promised to release more damning emails about the Clinton Foundation, and warned he has enough evidence on Hillary Clinton making secret deals with an alleged Islamic State sponsor for the FBI to indict her.
Asked by British journalist Afshin Rattansi on Saturday if he had “the email which will put Hillary Clinton behind bars,” Assange claimed to have 350 emails on a French transnational concrete company named Le Farge that allegedly paid ISIS to do business in regions controlled by the terror group.
The report, by British political blogThe Canary, showed the Clinton Foundation accepted upwards of $100,000 from the ISIS sponsoring company.
The Canary also detailed Hillary Clinton’s direct links to the Secret ISIS sponsor:
From 1990 to 1992, Clinton served on Lafarge’s Board of Directors. Under her tenure, Lafarge’s Ohio subsidiary was caught burning hazardous waste to fuel cement plants. Clinton defended the decision at the time.
Then just before her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected president in 1992, Lafarge was fined $1.8 million by the Environmental Protection Agency for these pollution violations. Hillary Clinton had left the board of Lafarge in spring, just after her husband won the Democrat nomination. A year later, under Bill’s presidency, the Clinton administration reduced Lafarge’s EPA fine to less than $600,000.
In the late 1980s, according to an archived investigative report in the American Spectator, Hillary Clinton was connected to Lafarge when the firm was involved in facilitating CIA support for Saddam Hussein’s secret weapons program.
Assange also spoke about Hillary Clinton’s close ties to Saudi Arabia.
“Saudi Arabia is probably the largest single donor to the Clinton Foundation, and you can see Clinton’s arms export policies when she was a secretary of state favoring extensively Saudi Arabia,” Assange said.
He also suggested Clinton had a reason for attempting to smear rival Donald Trump over his alleged ties to Russia: She has her own links she’s trying to conceal.
“There is a much deeper connection on record with Hillary Clinton and Russia than we are presently aware of with Donald Trump,” Assange said. “Hillary Clinton did quite well strategically to draw a connection between Trump and Russia because she has so many connections of her own.“
Senior Democratic officials see these email leaks as one of several curveballs that could swing the election, especially if they are released in October.
“We may be headed into uncharted waters, and this has the potential to spiral out of control,” veteran Democratic operative Jim Manley said.
Speaking at the Green Party convention on Saturday, Assange responded to criticism that Wikileaks has started to resemble an opposition research firm working to undermine Hillary Clinton, more than a non-partisan platform for whistleblowers.
“When we published the DNC leaks, the New York Times, which picked it’s favorite candidate … said that I intended to harm Hillary Clinton.”
“This is what we’ve been doing for 10 years,” he told the convention delegates via video feed. “It was a completely fabricated story.”
He told the convention that Wikileaks doesn’t target individuals — it’s all about publishing the truth.
“We are very interested in power and publishing the truth about power so people can work out however they choose so they can reform power.”