WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rebuffed a New York Times report claiming he timed the release of nearly 20,000 emails before the Democratic convention last week to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign as nothing more than "false reporting."
"The New York Times ... said that I intended to harm Hillary Clinton," Assange said to the Green Party's national convention in Houston via live video feed on Saturday. "It's a completely fabricated story by Charlie Savage," he said referring to the author of the article.
In his July 26th article, titled "Assange, Avowed Foe of Clinton, Timed Email Release for Democratic Convention," Savage wrote that Assange had foreshadowed the release of the Democratic National Committee emails weeks in advance, and "and made it clear that he hoped to harm Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the presidency." The emails showed the DNC had worked to undermine Clinton's primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, and the ensuing controversy led to the departure of several high-level officials.
On Saturday, Assange made it clear that he is no fan of Clinton, whom he accused of being involved in corporate-government collusion with Google, but said it was his interest in "power" that was the motivation behind his work.
"Yes, we're very interested in power, and publishing the truth about power, so people can work out however they choose to reform power," he said.