December 16, 2016
Craig Murray: WikiLeaks Operative Says Disgruntled Democrats Leaked Emails And Not Russia

Craig Murray, a WikiLeaks operative, said he personally received Clinton campaign emails from "disgusted Democratic insiders," the Daily Mail is reporting. Murray said he was coming out with this stunning revelation because of the information being circulated that hackers working with Moscow helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election.

Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and now a close associate of Julian Assange, revealed that he flew to Washington, D.C., and collected leaked emails from whistle blowers inside the Democratic Party. According to him, they were disgusted with the wholesale corruption in the Clinton camp and the DNC for sabotaging Bernie Sander's presidential ambition.

Murray, a contentious figure, was removed from his post as British ambassador over allegations of misconduct. The 58-year-old was an unrepentant critic of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan while he served as ambassador between 2002 and 2004. His unflinching stance put him on a collision course with the U.K. foreign office, which led to his subsequent removal.

WikiLeaks made the DNC messages public in July and the incriminating emails from Podesta were published in October. The messages predominantly showed that DNC officials were bent on sabotaging the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton. Murray insisted that the information was leaked and not hacked by Russia.

"Neither of the leaks came from the Russians. The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks…leakers were motivated by disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders."

The 58-year-old confirmed that he retrieved the package from a source in a wooded area close to the American University in northwest D.C. Craig Murray, who was once the Rector of the University of Dundee, said the person who obtained the information was not the same person who met with him.

Murray's claims cannot be proven, but it directly contradicts the version being peddled that thousands of Democratic emails published by WikiLeaks were orchestrated by the Kremlin. The alleged rationale behind this was that Putin preferred a Mr. Trump in the White House to a Hillary Clinton.

This revelation is coming on the heels of U.S. intelligence officials confirming that they have proof that Russian hackers accessed sensitive information linked to both top Clinton aide John Podesta, and the Democratic National Committee. The CIA allegedly told members of Congress during intelligence briefings that the Russians used WikiLeaks as a smokescreen to swing the November 8 elections in favor of the Manhattan billionaire.

The WikiLeaks operative has refused to reveal his sources and how they accessed the information. However, he has suggested that intelligence services take a closer look at Podesta's emails because he was communicating with foreign nations and Saudi Arabia lobbyists. According to him, it might be "of legitimate interest to the security services."

Julian Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London facing rape allegations. The 45-year-old has always insisted that Russia had no apart in the whistle blowing. According to Reuters, the Australian, in a November interview, accused Clinton campaigners of suffering from "neo-McCarthyist hysteria" where they blamed Russia for everything.

During the campaign, Hillary Clinton stated multiple times that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had confirmed that Russia was the source of the publications. The CIA had strongly supported this claim saying individuals in cahoots with Moscow provided WikiLeaks with an enormous number of hacked emails.

However, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, has not welcomed this assessment from the CIA. The ODNI, which was formed after the September 11 attacks, revealed that the CIA was quick in its assessment, especially when FBI standards require proof that can hold up in court. It added that they would struggle to convince others with circumstantial evidence.

The Obama administration has asked for an investigation into the Kremlin's role in the November elections before he leaves office in January.

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