If Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can play fast and loose with classified information and have her case dismissed without prosecution after just one year of investigation, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wondering why he can’t be investigated under that same standard.
“Our D.C. lawyers are delivering a letter tomorrow to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to explain why it is that the now six-year-long national security and criminal investigation being run by the DOJ against WikiLeaks, the reason I have political asylum, has not been closed,” Assange told CNN Monday.
Assange said that in the context of how the Department of Justice investigated and never reprimanded Clinton, he is only seeking fairness.
Assange said that department’s “actions seem to be setting a new standard by closing the Hillary Clinton case,” Assange said. “The Hillary Clinton case has only gone for one year.”
He noted that there appear to be different standards used for the two cases.
“Hillary Clinton’s case has been dropped, the WikiLeaks case continues. … So why is it that the quote, ‘pending law enforcement proceedings’ against WikiLeaks continue?” he said.
Assange indicated that the crux of his argument that WikiLeaks should be absolved of any wrongdoing comes from statements made by FBI Director James Comey in saying the FBI would not seek to prosecute Clinton.
The Clinton probe “was closed under the basis that James Comey said that they couldn’t establish that there was an intent to damage national security,” he said.
The same holds true for WikiLeaks, he said.
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