WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has decided that on the day of the Us presidential election to reveal the reasons behind the Wikileaks exposures of the DNC and Clinton campaign.
Mr Assange has said in the statement that his organisation and himself personally have been put under enormous pressure from a number of parties including the Obama administration to stop publishing leaks.
We publish material given to us if it is of political, diplomatic, historical or ethical importance and which has not been published elsewhere. When we have material that fulfills this criteria, we publish. We had information that fit our editorial criteria which related to the Sanders and Clinton campaign (DNC Leaks) and the Clinton political campaign and Foundation (Podesta Emails). No-one disputes the public importance of these publications. It would be unconscionable for WikiLeaks to withhold such an archive from the public during an election.
At the same time, we cannot publish what we do not have. To date, we have not received information on Donald Trump’s campaign, or Jill Stein’s campaign, or Gary Johnson’s campaign or any of the other candidates that fufills our stated editorial criteria. As a result of publishing Clinton’s cables and indexing her emails we are seen as domain experts on Clinton archives. So it is natural that Clinton sources come to us.
Mr Assange went on to say he had no personal desire to influence the outcome of the election.
Publishing is what we do. To withhold the publication of such information until after the election would have been to favour one of the candidates above the public’s right to know.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 8, 2016
The defiant publisher went on to say: “The US public defends free speech more passionately, but the First Amendment only truly lives through its repeated exercise.”
Finally Mr Assange concludes with “Yet if the press obeys considerations above informing the public, we are no longer talking about a free press, and we are no longer talking about an informed public.
Wikileaks remains committed to publishing information that informs the public, even if many, especially those in power, would prefer not to see it. WikiLeaks must publish. It must publish and be damned.”