"Project Veritas" Leak: Julian Assange Asked Clinton State Department For Help Mitigating Damage Of Unintentional 2011 Data Dump | Video | RealClearPolitics

"Project Veritas" Leak: Julian Assange Asked Clinton State Department For Help Mitigating Damage Of Unintentional 2011 Data Dump

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This recording of a 2011 phone call between Julian Assange and Clinton State Department attorney Cliff Johnson obtained by "Project Veritas" highlights claims made by Wikileaks for years that a rogue former employee was responsible for leaking classified State Department cables without the necessary redactions or other precautions Wikileaks normally employs.

Assange long claimed that he warned the State Department ahead of time that the rogue employee was planning to release the material without the normal redaction of certain important information. This recording seems to demonstrate that, yes, Wikileaks did attempt to work with the U.S. government to mitigate risk when releasing classified information despite claims from the Bush and Obama administrations.

"We have intelligence that the State Department Database Archive of 250,000 diplomatic cables…is being spread around and…within the next few days it will become public," Assange warned ahead of the 2011 leak of the State Department cables.


There is time "in case there are any individuals who haven't been warned that they should be warned," he said. "We're not sure but the timing could be imminently or within the next few days to a week and there may be some possibility to stop it."

"I appreciate what you've told us, Mr. Assange," said Mr. Johnson.

You can read more and listen to the 75-minute long conversation at Project Veritas.

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