Published: Fri, October 27, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Julian Assange confirms analytics firm contacted WikiLeaks over Clinton emails

Julian Assange confirms analytics firm contacted WikiLeaks over Clinton emails

Rachel Maddow blasted Donald Trump on Wednesday as he again tried to play dumb after a bombshell report found that a data firm hired by his campaign reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

After Pascale was interviewed by the committee Tuesday, Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, confirmed on Twitter that he was approached by Cambridge Analytica during the campaign. (CNN later reported Cambridge backer Rebekah Mercer was one of the email's recipients.) Those sources also relayed that, according to Nix's email, Assange told the Cambridge Analytica CEO that he didn't want his help, and preferred to do the work on his own.

After the Daily Beast report went up, Assange issued a statement in response saying, "We can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks".

Michael Glassner, executive director of the Trump campaign, said in a statement: "We as a campaign made the choice to rely on the voter data of the Republican National Committee to help elect President Donald J Trump". He did not specifically mention the exchange between Nix and Assange. And the GOP candidate repeatedly praised WikiLeaks, which released thousands of other Democratic emails that were thought to have been stolen by the Russian government. Trump also threatened to prosecute Clinton if elected president and publicly invited Russian Federation to search for the emails.

The 33,000 emails deleted from Clinton's personal email were never made public.

Those emails were deleted from Clinton's private email server and became a huge talking point for Trump and his surrogates during the race. Trump used these emails against Clinton during the campaign, describing their contents during rallies.

WikiLeaks had published emails hacked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta just hours after the release of a potentially campaign-ending Access Hollywood tape in which Trump could be heard boasting about groping women, reports the Guardian.

(Mich.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to several former Trump campaign consultants to see whether they colluded with the Russians in their attempts to influence the election, according to a Thursday press release.

The report was based on "two sources familiar with a congressional investigation into interactions between Trump associates and the Kremlin".

On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee interviewed Parscale as part of its probe of Russian meddling.

Russia's targeting of voters "appears to have been executed with an extraordinary level of precision that suggests a deep familiarity with American voter preferences and habits and exceeds the reported capabilities of foreign cyber operations", they continued, expressing their fear that an American company could have taken part in the alleged interference.

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