Bill Maher confronts Wikileaks’ Julian Assange: ‘Why not hack into Trump’s tax returns?’

During a discussion on Wikileaks‘ hacking of the DNC’s emails this Friday, Real Time host Bill Maher took the opportunity to ask the site’s founder Julian Assange why he hasn’t focused on the Trump campaign.

“Why don’t you hack into Donald Trump’s tax returns?” Maher asked Assange, who spoke via satellite from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

“We’re working on it,” Assange replied.

“Why haven’t we seen anything hacked from the Trump campaign?” Maher asked. “Obviously we know these came from Russia. And we also know that you do not like Hillary Clinton at all — as does not Vladimir Putin. It looks like you’re working with a bad actor, Russia, to put your thumb on the scale and basically f*ck with the one person who stands in the way of us being ruled by Donald Trump.”

Maher then mentioned that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been critical of Wikileaks for what he called a “hostility to even modest curation.”

“He doesn’t really know the definition of curation,” Assange said, adding that he and Wikileaks helped Snowden seek asylum and “saved his ass.”

“I know Edward is trying to get a pardon at the end of the Obama presidency,” Assange argued. “He’s playing that game, I understand.”

Watch the entire interview below:



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