Investigative group Project Veritas released Wednesday a 2011 phone call reportedly between Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and a lawyer Cliff Johnson in the State Department, which was then run by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The video comes as Assange may be pardoned by President Donald Trump, according to reports.
The recordings were from an August 2011 phone call and reveal that Assange warned the U.S. government “trouble was coming their way with unredacted release of classified cables stolen from Wikileaks,” Project Veritas reports.
In one part of the phone call, Assange can reportedly be heard telling Johnson: “Yes, so the situation is that we have intelligence that the State Department Database Archive of 250,000 diplomatic cables including declassified cables is being spread around and is to the degree that we believe that within the next few days it will become public and we’re not sure what the timing would be… And there may be some possibility to stop it.”
The reported documents were to be redacted by Wikileaks at the time. However, they were stolen before that was to occur, according to Project Veritas.
Assange can reportedly be heard saying that the person behind the leak would be”…. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a previous employee that we suspended last August.”
Edward Snowden commented on the video on Twitter Wednesday, saying “This extraordinary recording (which I had never heard before) confirms claims that @Wikileaks made for years, but its critics dismissed as lies.”
He added,” 1) Assange DID seek to minimize risks to individuals 2)Bulk release of cables was forced, not intentional.”
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
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