The investigative activist group Project Veritas has released a recording of a call that allegedly took place between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Cliff Johnson, a lawyer representing the then-Hillary Clinton run U.S. State Department.
In the audio, Assange can be heard warning U.S. authorities about impending classified leaks.
On the call, purported to be from August 26, 2011, Assange explains that Wikileaks had learned that 250,000 communications from the State Department Database Archive had been disseminated around parts of the internet and that they would become publicly available at some point “imminently, or within the next few days to a week.”
A former Wikileaks employee who also had access to the information was planning to leak them without redactions.
Assange further adds that there may be a chance to stop the fully unclassified materials from being leaked.
Wikileaks had intended to reveal the documents with redactions in an effort to ensure the safety of some individuals mentioned within.
“There’s no attempt at redaction and no attempt at harm minimization,” Assange tells the State Department representative. “In case there are any individuals who haven’t been warned that they should be warned,” he says.
“I appreciate what you’ve told us, Mr. Assange,” the State Department lawyer responds.
Here is the full video,
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