(Jul. 21, 2019) — On Sunday evening, Atty. Ty Clevenger, who represents Dallas businessman Ed Butowsky in two federal defamation lawsuits, tweeted a video in which journalist Ellen Ratner states that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told her in a face-to-face meeting that he did not obtain the DNC emails from a Russian source.
Many believe that the release of the emails by WikiLeaks was responsible for Hillary Clinton’s loss of the 2016 presidential election to businessman and political novice Donald Trump.
The U.S. government’s narrative, supported by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report completed in March and released publicly in April, is that Russian hackers penetrated the DNC’s servers and stole the emails (pp. 55-56).
The operatives allegedly then provided them to WikiLeaks, which began releasing them on July 22, 2016, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
Assange has denied that any “state party,” including Russians, provided the emails.
In August 2012, Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after skipping bail in connection with a case arising in Sweden. The embassy permitted Assange to remain until April of this year, when London police were shown entering and forcibly removing Assange from the building to face a judge.