In a three hour meeting with Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange vowed to provide proof that Russia was not the source of his leaks last year and promised more ‘helpful’ information in the near future. Rohrabacher recounted the details of the meeting with Assange to The Hill:
“Our three-hour meeting covered a wide array of issues, including the WikiLeaks exposure of the DNC emails during last year’s presidential election,” Rohrabacher said, “Julian emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved in the hacking or disclosure of those emails.”
Pressed for more detail on the source of the documents, Rohrabacher said he had information to share privately with President Donald Trump.
“Julian also indicated that he is open to further discussions regarding specific information about the DNC email incident that is currently unknown to the public,” he added.
Of course, this is hardly the first time that Assange has publicly denied that Russia was his source for the DNC and/or Podesta leaks. Back in January, Assange recorded an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News and unequivocally stated that “our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.”
HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?
ASSANGE: Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party… Obama is trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President.
So, what does Assange want in return for his evidence that could completely undermine Special Counsel Mueller’s entire investigation? Apparently he would like for Wikileaks to be granted a seat in the White House press corps…oh, and we’re sure a presidential pardon would be welcome as well.
Rohrabacher said he had information he planned to carry back to Trump when he returned to the United States, including a request that the WikiLeaks organization be given a news media seat inside the White House press room.
“Julian passionately argued the case that WikiLeaks was vital to informing the public about controversial though necessary issues. He hoped that Wikileaks — an award winning journalistic operation — might be granted a seat in the White House press corps. As a former newsman myself I can’t see a reason why they shouldn’t be granted news status for official press conferences,” he said.
As for other information to be given to the president, Rohrabacher said: “We left with the understanding that we would be going into further details in the near future. The rest of the message is for the president directly and I hope to convey it to him as more details come in.”
Of course, we’re certain it won’t take long for the mainstream media to label Rohrabacher as just another of Putin’s “useful idiots” and discredit whatever information Assange eventually releases about his source as a desperate attempt to curry favor with an administration that could negotiate his freedom after being holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for 5 years.