Assange’s comments are on message with allegations voiced by Trump and promoted by the Russian government.
Russian chessmaster Gary Kasparov, who is a leading Putin critic, said one of the dictator’s goals is to discredit the electoral process.
“Putin probably has an even bigger goal to seed doubts in America and the world about the integrity of U.S. elections,” he said in a recent interview.
“By doing so, he could have the biggest geopolitical victory that KBG colonel could ever dream of, because, if American elections are rigged, who cares about elections in Russia.”
Dmitry Kiselev, Putin’s chief propagandist, echoed a similar theme on Russian TV. The U.S. election “can’t be called free and democratic” thanks to Trump’s pronouncements, he said, according to The Economist.
Wikileaks has attempted to sway the election in Trump’s favor by releasing thousands of private emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
U.S. intelligence agencies are unanimous in their view that the hacks originated, or were sponsored by the Russian government, to interfere in the U.S. election and promote Trump.
Assange attempted to incite new rumors designed to create further disruption in the election. He claimed Trump “won’t be allowed to win” the election, suggesting again that the election will be “rigged.”
He told Russian television:
My analysis is that Trump would not be permitted to win. Why do I say that? Because he has had every establishment off his side. Trump does not have one establishment, maybe with the exception of the Evangelicals, if you can call them an establishment. Banks, intelligence, arms companies, foreign money, etc. are all united behind Hillary Clinton. And the media as well. Media owners, and the journalists themselves.”
He also tried to sow dissension between the United States and Middle Eastern allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which also plays into Russian propaganda efforts.
He claimed the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been funding ISIS, although there is no evidence to support that charge. The U.S. government says both nations have been supporting the fight against ISIS.
Meanwhile, Democrats have charged that Trump campaign and Republicans are attempting voter suppression in a number of key states. They have filed lawsuits to block those efforts.
Assange also defended Russia, claiming the Clinton campaign is trying to stir up “anti-Russian hysteria.”
“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything,” he said.
The Department of Homeland Security Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said last month they were “confident” the Russia is responsible for the leaks.
Assagne is facing investigation in the United States for espionage and charges in Sweden on two counts of sexual molestation, one count of unlawful coercion and one count of “lesser-degree rape” for alleged sexual assaults against two women.
Since 2012, he has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum.
Check out the video below. Warning this interview was broadcast on a Russian televsion station owned by the Russian government.
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