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WikiLeaks deflected attention from crude Trump's groping case: Hillary

Clinton claimed WikiLeaks' actions were motivated by Assange's personal dislike of her

AFP | PTI  |  Sydney 

Hillary Clinton at the book launch of What Happened. Photo: Twitter ( @HillaryClinton)
Hillary Clinton at the book launch of What Happened. Photo: Twitter ( @HillaryClinton)

on Monday accused of working with to deflect attention away from an infamous tape of Donald bragging about women in the run-up to the US presidential

The former secretary of state's devastating loss to remains raw and she again lashed out at founder Julian and his alleged role in damaging her candidacy.


"has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator," she said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"is unfortunately now practically a fully-owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence."

The US intelligence community concluded Putin ordered an influence campaign to discredit and had a "clear preference" for in last year's poll.

used the bombshell tape as an example of how allegedly tried to deflect attention away from a bad news story, resurrecting the incident in the wake of Hollywood mogul Weinstein's fall from grace over his treatment of women.

In the 2005 videotape, which surfaced in October last year, brags about being able to get away with women.

said the comments were "locker-room banter". Several women subsequently accused him of sexual misconduct, which he denounced as lies.

Within hours of the tape emerging, published more than 2,000 hacked emails from the personal account of Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta, which she said blunted its impact.

"WikiLeaks, which in the world in which we find ourselves promised hidden information, promised some kind of secret that might be of influence, was a very clever, diabolical response to the Hollywood Access tape," she said, referring to the recording.

"And I've no doubt in my mind that there was some communication if not coordination to drop those the first time in response to the Hollywood Access tape."

claimed WikiLeaks' actions were motivated by Assange's personal dislike of her.

"I had a lot of history with him because I was secretary of state when published a lot of very sensitive information from our State Department and our Defence Department," she said.

"If he's such a martyr of free speech, why doesn't ever publish anything coming out of You don't see damaging, negative information coming out about the Kremlin on Wikileaks," added.

Australian Assange, who has spent five years inside the Ecuador embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, has denied was the source behind the leaked documents.

First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 10:30 IST
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