Saturday morning, hacktavist group WikiLeaks dismissed claims by editor-in-chief Julian Assange that they are actively searching for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Assange, who is the face of the mostly anonymous organization, got into a contentious debate Friday night with HBO Real Time host Bill Maher who challenged the group to investigate Trump with the same fervor they have for going after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Why don’t you hack into Donald Trump’s tax returns?” Maher asked Assange, who is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
“We’re working on it,” Assange replied.
“Why haven’t we seen anything hacked from the Trump campaign?” Maher continued. “Obviously we know these [emails] 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 are 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.”
Addressing the comments on Saturday morning, Wikileaks denied looking into Trump or his finances, calling Assange’s response a “joke.”
“WikiLeaks isn’t ‘working on’ hacking Trump’s tax-returns. Claim is a joke from a comedy show. We are ‘working on’ encouraging whistleblowers,” they posted on Twitter.
Assange has not followed up, but was expected to make a “major” announcement — presumably about Clinton — during a video interview to be broadcast at the Green Party Convention being held in Houston Saturday.
Wikileaks tweet below:
WikiLeaks isn’t ‘working on’ hacking Trump’s tax-returns. Claim is a joke from a comedy show. We are ‘working on’ encouraging whistleblowers
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 6, 2016