Julian Assange said Tuesday night that Hillary Clinton lied to the FBI when she said she didn’t know what the classified “c” marker means in government email correspondences, and the WikiLeaks founder proved his claims by producing thousands of examples of Clinton using the “c” marker herself in correspondence.
“She is lying,” Assange told Fox News. “And it is disturbing that [FBI Director James] Comey goes along with that game.”
Details of Clinton’s testimony to the FBI released on late on Friday afternoon show that the former secretary of state repeatedly claimed she could not remember what the “c” symbol meant.
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“When asked what the parenthetical “c”meant before a paragraph within the captioned email,” read the FBI’s notes, “she [Clinton] stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order.”
According to Assange, this is “an incredible lie.”
“Hillary Clinton says that she can’t remember what a ‘c’ in brackets stands for. Everyone in positions of government, and in WikiLeaks, knows it stands for Classified/Confidential,” Assange said.
“By Hillary Clinton, here she is. See, that is her signature. With a ‘c’ in bracket right there,” Assange said to Hannity, holding one such email up. “Thousands of examples where she herself has used a ‘c’ in brackets by herself. And more than 22,000 times where she has received cables from others with this ‘c’ in brackets. So it is absolutely incredible for her to lie.”
FBI Director Comey concluded in July that Clinton’s State Department had been “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” but that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against Clinton.
Assange also slammed the government’s obvious attempt to bury the most recent Clinton report — by releasing it late in the afternoon on the Friday before Labor Day weekend — and criticized the Obama administration for an “epidemic… of abusing national security law to crack down on what is legitimate use of the First Amendment.“