Contrary to a claim made by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the whistleblowing platform is not actively engaged in any hacking endeavor to obtain GOP candidate Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Assange, from his shelter in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, told Real Time host Bill Maher the investigative group was “working on it” in response to a query about releasing Mr. Trump’s tax returns.
One day following his appearance, Wikileaks tweeted the group was involved in no such undertaking, but instead stated the group was encouraging whistleblowers to unearth the New York businessman’s taxes.
WikiLeaks isn't 'working on' hacking Trump's tax-returns. Claim is a joke from a comedy show. We are 'working on' encouraging whistleblowers
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 6, 2016
Wikileaks also said Mr. Assange was revealing a comical side when he said Wikileaks was pursuing Trump’s taxes.
Much speculation has surrounded Mr. Trump’s taxes. The real estate mogul has repeatedly dismissed calls for its release; however, Mr. Trump contends they are subject to an audit and the review prevents the release.
In late July, as the Democratic convention was set to begin, Wikileaks released an tranche of embarrassing DNC emails, most of which revealed top Democratic officials at the committee were engaged in a plot to discredit the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The email scandal consumed former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who resigned her role with the DNC after emails revealed she steered a campaign to thwart the Vermont senator’s primary bid. Similarly, three top DNC officials were driven from their positions on August 2.
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