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Julian Assange Sees ‘Incredible Double Standard’ In Clinton Email Case

WikiLeaks owner Julian Assange speaks from a patio of a Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived for 4 years to equivocate extradition to Sweden.i

WikiLeaks owner Julian Assange speaks from a patio of a Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived for 4 years to equivocate extradition to Sweden.

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WikiLeaks owner Julian Assange speaks from a patio of a Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived for 4 years to equivocate extradition to Sweden.

WikiLeaks owner Julian Assange speaks from a patio of a Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived for 4 years to equivocate extradition to Sweden.

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Julian Assange says if a United States supervision sees him as a hazard to inhabitant security, it should see Hillary Clinton as one, too.

In an talk with Morning Edition‘s David Greene, a owner of WikiLeaks called a Department of Justice’s preference not to prosecute Clinton for doing personal information on her private email server an “incredible double standard.”

Assange has been living in a Ecuadorean embassy in London for 4 years to equivocate extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for doubt on guess of rape.

In a statement final month, FBI executive James Comey pronounced a FBI “did not find transparent justification that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues dictated to violate laws,” though that a use of a private email server was “extremely careless.” Comey suggested a Justice Department “no charges are suitable in this case,” and career prosecutors agreed.

Assange conspicuous that, had a box proceeded, Clinton could have been prosecuted underneath a Espionage Act of 1917, that bans a avowal of personal information to an unapproved chairman “with vigilant or reason to trust that a information is to be used to a damage of a United States.”

Assange pronounced in a past courts have found that a miss of vigilant to mistreat a United States was irrelevant.

“There has been an interpretation observant that it doesn’t matter that we didn’t intend to mistreat a United States, though they seem to have altered a standard.”

In 2013, U.S. Army infantryman Chelsea Manning was convicted of a Espionage Act after disclosing personal troops information to WikiLeaks. Some have criticized a conviction, arguing Manning was a whistleblower, not a view with vigilant to mistreat a United States.

In his NPR interview, Assange regarded a open avowal of information with reverence. He referred to WikiLeaks’ 11 million papers as a “rebel Library of Alexandria.”

“I trust that a approach to probity is education,” Assange said. “By bringing out into a open domain how tellurian institutions indeed behave, we can know frankly, to a degree, for a initial time a civilization that we indeed have,” Assange said.

As an example, he cited one of WikiLeaks’ some-more new publications: The 20,000 hacked emails from a Democratic National Committee. Those emails suggested that some comparison DNC staffers had worked to promote a candidacy of Hillary Clinton over her competition Bernie Sanders. Four DNC officials quiescent in a aftermath, including a chair, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Assange called a trickle “a good journalistic scoop.”

“That’s a conspicuous and critical grant to U.S. democracy by a sources and by WikiLeaks,” Assange said. He questioned how other publications competence have rubbed a information.

“What media classification who had perceived that information would not tell it? we consider that’s a genuine question. we would like to contend a answer is, no media classification would bury that material,” Assange said.

But, he added, “I’m not assured that in fact all media in a United States would have published those emails,” referring to what he called a narrow-minded inlet of a U.S. media landscape heading adult to a election.

The intensity source of a leaked element has intrigued some as most as a substance: U.S. officials have pronounced they’re “highly confident” a DNC penetrate was a work of a Russian government. Assange, however, pronounced he could not give any information to Greene about who his sources are.

“So distant we have a ideal record of WikiLeaks carrying never suggested information that unprotected a source over 10 years,” Assange said.

In a interview, Assange also spoke about a Trump debate – he’d happily accept any authentic “internal documentation” from it. And when asked about the murder of a DNC staffer early final month, who some have speculated was a WikiLeaks source, Assange steady that WikiLeaks does not divulge a sources, “even passed sources.”

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