WikiLeaks' Assange promises election leaks

KHOU 11's Doug Delony reports from the Watch Desk

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed Tuesday that the online publishing organization would publish "significant" secret information related to the United States presidential election — and that it would do so before Nov. 8.

Assange made the comments via video link from London to Berlin as part of a news conference to mark WikiLeaks' 10th anniversary.

He said WikiLeaks intends to start "publishing every week for the next 10 weeks" material on weapons, war, Google, the election and other topics, but did not otherwise elaborate on the timing or the subject matter of the documents.

Ahead of the news conference there was intense speculation that WikiLeaks would release documents Tuesday connected to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but that did not happen. Assange did not say whether any of the releases would be about Republican candidate Donald Trump.

"We are going to need an army to defend us from the pressure that is already starting to arise," Assange, 45, said via video link.

He has been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. There, he faces a rape allegation and the prospect of extradition to the U.S. where investigators want to question him about espionage charges.  


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