WikiLeaks announced over the weekend that it has cancelled an announcement about Hillary Clinton over “security concerns,” according to MSNBC. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was expected to reveal information from Democratic Party emails related to the presidential candidate in a press conference Tuesday at the Ecuadorian embassy’s balcony in London.
Assange, who’s lived at the embassy for five years under threat of criminal charges in Sweden, told Fox News‘ Megyn Kelly that the event could influence the upcoming election.
“I don’t want to give it away,” he said in August. “But it’s a variety of documents, from different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles, some quite interesting, some even entertaining.”
WikiLeaks previously leaked nearly 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee that favored Clinton over party rival Bernie Sanders, leading to the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The Daily Intelligencer reports Assange may still appear via video for a press conference in Berlin Tuesday, celebrating the 10th anniversary of WikiLeaks. It’s unclear whether he would address the cancelled announcement, but Fox News points out he could still release information online without a balcony speech.
In August, Assange suggested Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in Washington, D.C., two weeks after the DNC leak.
“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks as a 27-year-old, works for the DNC who was shot in the back – murdered – just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,” Assange told a Dutch television station at the time. Assange would not confirm or deny whether or not Rich was a contributor to WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account tweeted an alleged quote from Clinton, purportedly from a 2010 State Department meeting when the then-Secretary of State allegedly asked if Assange could be killed in a drone strike.