WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange on Wednesday said that the organisation has planned to release a “significant” amount of data related to the election campaign of Hillary Clinton, the United States’ presidential nominee from the Democratic Party. However, Assange said the information’s impact on the election will depend on the response to it from the public as well as the media.
Assange told Fox News that the data would comprise “a variety of documents” on Clinton’s campaign, “from different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign”, according to a report published by Reuters. He added that the information would take “some quite unexpected angles”, including “entertaining” ones. Assange, who faces sexual assault charges in Sweden, has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the last five years to avoid extradition.
His remarks regarding WikiLeaks’ impending release comes weeks after the organisation published audio recordings and emails between members of the Democratic Party’s National Committee. The leak caused a controversy before the party’s national convention forcing the committee’s chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to step down from her position. In 2010, classified US military and diplomatic documents were published by the organisation.