Published On: Tue, Jul 16th, 2019

Julian Assange: Ecuadorian Embassy was visited by Russian hackers says report | World | News

New documents obtained by CNN reveal WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange received in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 US election, during a series of suspicious meetings during the US 2016 election campaign. The surveillance reports suggest he orchestrated a series of damaging disclosures that helped the Russians undermine the US election. The security logs noted Assange personally managed some of the releases “directly from the embassy” where he lived for nearly seven years.

That report, which included open-source information, concluded there was “no doubt that there is evidence” Assange had ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

But Assange, a native of Australia, has always denied working for the Kremlin and has insisted that the source of the leaks “is not the Russian government and it is not a state party”.

He also said he would have published damaging information about then-candidate Donald Trump if he had received it.

He is now serving a one-year prison term in London for skipping bail in the UK, while aggressively fighting extradition to the US.

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Assange maintains his innocence and WikiLeaks says the charges are “the worst attack on press freedom in our lifetime”.

After Assange’s arrest Hillary Clinton said the WikiLeaks co-founder, whose website published hacked emails from her 2016 presidential campaign, must “answer for what he has done” in the wake of his dramatic arrest by British police.

Her comments came hours after Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and taken into custody by London’s Metropolitan Police and charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network.

The documents build on the possibility, raised by special counsel Robert Mueller in his report on Russian meddling, that couriers brought hacked files to Assange at the embassy.

The report states Assange acquired powerful new computing and network hardware to facilitate data transfers just weeks before WikiLeaks received hacked materials from Russian operatives.

Assange sought refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in June 2012 to apply for political asylum and avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

The decision to offer Assange asylum was made by then-Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who claimed he was protecting Assange from “political persecution”.

CNN asked both Assange’s lawyers and the Spanish firm UC Global for comment on the details of the report, neither have responded with a comment to date.

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