The Obama administration, citing US intelligence sources, has accused Russia of orchestrating the hacking in an attempt to influence the outcome of the November presidential election.
While the Obama administration says it is “100% certain
” about Russian involvement, President-elect Donald Trump has frequently cast doubt
on the veracity of the claims.
In interview that aired Tuesday on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Assange was asked if WikiLeaks’ source of the hacked material was “Russia or anyone associated with Russia.”
“Our source is not a state party. So the answer — for our interactions — is no,” Assange told anchor Sean Hannity from his quarters at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
Pressed on the source of the emails leaked by WikiLeaks,
Assange repeated, “our source is not the Russian government. It is not state parties.”
He was not asked directly if he believed Russia orchestrated the hacking.
Former US vice presidential candidate and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, once a vociferous opponent of WikiLeaks, posted an apology to Assange on Facebook.
“This important information (the emails) that finally opened people’s eyes to democrat (sic) candidates and operatives would not have been exposed were it not for Julian Assange,” she wrote.
“I apologize for condemning Assange when he published my infamous (and proven noncontroversial, relatively boring) emails years ago.
“Julian, I apologize.”