James O’Keefe released audio footage of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, talking to Cliff Johnson, an attorney from the US State Department, about what appears to be a discussion over a “dangerous leak.”
“We have been calling the US State Department for a day to explain the urgency and they have not called back,” Assange said in 2011 when the State Department was under the leadership of Hillary R. Clinton.
O’Keefe posted on Twitter:
“Julian Assange to Hillary Clinton’s State Department following the theft of 250,000 diplomatic cables from @Wikileaks: “In case there are any individuals who haven’t been warned…they should be warned.”
The footage, O’Keefe described as from August 26, 2011 and said the two were discussion State Department documents.
The video starts with the introduction of Cliff Johnson, an attorney for the US State Department, and Assange is heard saying, ” Thank you for calling back. Have you been briefed? Yes, so the situation is that we have intelligence that the State Department Database Archive of 250,000 diplomatic cables, including declassified cables, is being spread around and is to the degree that we believe that it is in the next few days will become public. We are not sure but the timing could be imminently or within the next few days to a week and there may be some possibility to stop it,” Assange said.
Veritas adds, “The Documents originally obtained by Assange and Wikileaks were to be redacted by Wikileaks before any release, but were stolen.”
The video goes on, Cliff Johnson asks, ” And who would be releasing these cables? Is this Wikileaks?”
“No. We would not be releasing them,” Assange responds. “This is Daniel Domscheit-Borg, a previous employee that we suspended last August,” Assange said.
Johnsons asks,” So e apparently has access to the materials that Wikleaks also has?”
Assange answers,”yes that is correct.”
Johnson: “And he has access to everything you have, is that correct?”
Assange: “That is correct.”
Johnson: “Ok. And that includes classified as well as unclassified cables?”
Assange: “That is correct.”
Johnson: “I see, and in terms of what they took does that mean that they now have the ability themselves without your control or authorization to make this as available as they want?”
Assange: “That is correct. There is no attempt at redaction program and no attempt at harm minimization.”
Project Veritas added: “Assange believed there was great danger to US Agents and interests with the publication of the unredacted documents.”
Assange: “In case there are any individuals who haven’t been warned that they should be warned.”
The video shows that Assange was acting in assistance to the US Government. ANd that the information was out there and not under his control. Veritas said that Assange also thought the US may have blocked or slowed the publication by eliminating some of the files covertly.
Assange offered advice on how to slow or stop the breech.
This release of footage comes on the same day that Assange has requested a Presidential pardon from President Donald J. Trump.