WikiLeals founder and editor Julian Assange has clear disdain for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the system that got her the nomination. Last month he released emails, just prior to the Democratic National Convention, that showed that the Democratic National Committee had worked against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in favor of a Clinton nomination. The revelation caused outcry among Sanders’ supporters with accusations that the system had been rigged and that Bernie never had a chance. Although the emails show evidence of bias on the part of the DNC, Sanders nonetheless endorsed Clinton, citing party unity and the importance of preventing a Trump presidency.
However, Assange says that he knows the real reason Sanders dropped out: He was threatened. During an interview with John Pilger, an Australian journalist based in the United Kingdom who plans to create a documentary about the WikiLeaks founder, Assange was asked:
“JULIAN, WE CUT YOU OFF EARLIER WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU FELT WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EMAILS THAT YOU HAVE RELEASED. IS THERE ANY LAST ONE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO MENTION? AND ALSO, DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ON BERNIE SANDERS? I MEAN WHAT IS YOUR OPINION WHY BERNIE SANDERS DROP OUT OF THE RACE?”
Here is Assange’s response:
“LOOK, I THINK—YOU KNOW, WE KNOW HOW POLITICS WORKS IN THE UNITED STATES. WHOEVER—WHATEVER POLITICAL PARTY GETS INTO GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO MERGE WITH THE BUREAUCRACY PRETTY DAMN FAST. IT WILL BE IN A POSITION WHERE IT HAS SOME LEVERS IN ITS HAND. AND BERNIE SANDERS WAS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE TRYING TO GET THE NOMINATION TROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND IF YOU ASK ME HE DID GET THE NOMINATION, BUT HE WAS THREATENED TO DROP OUT.”
Assange says he plans on releasing more emails in the near future that show Clinton making deals with an alleged Islamic State sponsor that will lead to an FBI indictment. He also says he has damning emails about the Clinton Foundation, as well as more information about Sanders:
“OF COURSE WE’RE VERY INTERESTED IN REVEALING THE TRUTH ABOUT ANY CANDIDATE AND YES WE HAVE SOME MATERIAL ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS THAT WILL BE PUBLISHED.”