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  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, in central London, U.K., Feb. 5, 2016.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, in central London, U.K., Feb. 5, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower organization, is due to deliver a speech Tuesday releasing “damaging” information about Hillary Clinton.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange moved a press conference due Tuesday from London to Berlin, citing "specific information," WikiLeaks said in a tweet Monday without providing further details about the motive.

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Assange said in August his speech Tuesday would include “significant” information that could be damaging for the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee. The speech was expected to be delivered from the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where Assange has taken refuge for the past four years.

Assange and his organization have been staunch critics of Clinton, uncovering her role in Libya and other interventions by the U.S. during her tenure as Washington’s secretary of state.

In March, WikiLeaks launched a searchable archive of more than 30,000 emails sent to and from Clinton’s private email server while she was the U.S. top diplomat. The documents—from June 30, 2010 to Aug. 12, 2014—include more than 7,500 documents sent by Clinton.

The WikiLeaks founder has been confined to the Ecuadorean embassy in London since July 2012, when he sought asylum to avoid extradition to the U.S. Assange is wanted in Sweden over allegations of rape dating from 2010.

Assange denies the allegations against him, but fears that being sent to Sweden would allow the U.S. to request his extradition to face charges for publishing U.S. diplomatic cables and other documents provided by whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

The change in venue came hours after an unconfirmed report, citing unnamed “state department sources” by U.S. right-wing website, True Pundit, stated that Clinton asked during a 2010 state department meeting about WikiLeaks and Assange, "Can't we just drone this guy?"


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