Juan Branco, Julian Assange’s legal advisor released a statement during the Web Summit, the world’s leading technology event taking place in Lisbon.
Juan Branco participated in the talk “Should the Internet be a safe place?” in the “Future Societies” stage with Salil Shetty from the Amnesty International, Laurie Penny (New Statement), Rabia Chaudry from Adnan’s Story and the artist Helly Luv.
Following his talk, Juan Branco released the Julian Assange statement saying WikiLeaks publication of material linked to Hillary Clinton was not based on any desire to influence the U.S. election.
“In recent months, WikiLeaks and I personally have come under enormous pressure to stop publishing what the Clinton campaign says about itself to itself. That pressure has come from the campaign’s allies, including the Obama administration, and from liberals who are anxious about who will be elected US President.”
“Irrespective of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election, the real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work.”
“We had information that fit our editorial criteria which related to the Sanders and Clinton campaign (DNC Leaks) and the Clinton political campaign and Foundation (Podesta Emails). No-one disputes the public importance of these publications. It would be unconscionable for WikiLeaks to withhold such an archive from the public during an election.”
“At the same time, we cannot publish what we do not have. To date, we have not received information on Donald Trump’s campaign, or Jill Stein’s
campaign, or Gary Johnson’s campaign or any of the other candidates that fulfill our stated editorial criteria.”
“We have endured intense criticism, primarily from Clinton supporters, for our publications. Many long-term supporters have been frustrated because
we have not addressed this criticism in a systematic way or responded to a number of false narratives about Wikileaks’ motivation or sources.
Ultimately, however, if Wikileaks reacted to every false claim, we would have to divert resources from our primary work.”
Source: Julien Assange statment released by Juan Branco
Assange has been living in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012.