Embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is firing back after a U.S. intel report claimed that Russian agents were the source of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta WikiLeaks published during the 2016 presidential campaign.
On Friday, U.S. intelligence agencies released their findings in a report which stated that Russia ran an "influence campaign" with the intent of altering the outcome of the U.S. election.
During a Q&A session conducted on Periscope, Assange called the report "embarrassing" and reiterated that WikiLeaks did not receive the emails from "state parties."
"It was not an intelligence report," Assange said. "It does not have the structure of an intelligence report. It does not have the structure of a Presidential Daily Brief. It was frankly quite embarrassing." Assange went on to say that he believed the report was "designed for political effect."
Assange went on to add that the source of the information should be irrelevant, as no one has challenged its authenticity.
"Even if you believed that hackers of some kind illicitly obtained the Podesta emails and the DNC emails we published … what are we talking about in terms of impact?" Assange said. "...What was discussed are the words of Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and her team revealing unethical practices, corruption, hypocrisy, etcetera."
"Should the American people have been denied that true information?" Assange asked.
During Sean Hannity's exclusive sit-down interview with Julian Assange last week the fugitive WikiLeaks founder doubled down on his claim that his organization did not obtain information published during the 2016 presidential race from Russia.