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Hillary Clinton has 'personal' grudge against Assange says WikiLeaks insider

One of the closest partners of Julian Assange gave some comments after the presentation of the film "Risk"

Expatica reports: One of the closest partners of Julian Assange said yesterday that Hillary Clinton personally hates Assange and will take any efforts to bring more difficulties to his life.

At the Cannes festival, a film "Risk" about Assange`s life in the Ecuadorian embassy in London was presented. This film was criticized by online security expert Jacob Appelbaum, who had taken part in the disclosure of the fact of listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone by the US National Security Agency.

A key member of the WikiLeaks team, Appelbaum, said: "I had a meeting with someone from the then Secretary of State Clinton's office... a very senior person whose opening line was to remind me that he was a very powerful man."

"He let me know that Clinton did not like Julian and myself... So I think that if Hillary Clinton runs for president she will continue to assert her political will and bitterness about the exposure of diplomatic cables that documented crimes."

A real headache for Hillary Clinton was the leak in 2010 about unflattering statements about world leaders by US embassy staff. 

Appelbaum described a Clinton presidency as "a very scary prospect, especially if you realize the pressure that has been put on the United Kingdom, Sweden and on other countries" (to deliver Assange to the US authorities).

If Assange is extradited to Sweden, he will face a rape allegation, that's why he`s been living in Ecuador's embassy in London for last four years.

"It's a situation that will possibly get worse" if she is elected to the White House, Appelbaum told the audience after "Risk" was screened.

Appelbaum said after "Risk" was screened, that If she becomes a president, "the situation will possibly get worse."

The film's director Laura Poitras has already won an Oscar for "Citizenfour" about Edward Snowden. He was one of few who had access to Assange over five years.

US-born Appelbaum described Assange as a "political prisoner who is being demonized in the press".

Lady Gaga also starred in this film as one of Assange's visitors. 

"This is your room?" the singer asks him at one point in horror. "It's like you're in college. Do you never feel like crying?"

"Who gives a damn how I feel," Assange replied, saying men "lose that (ability to cry) in puberty though they still feel it inside."

Appelbaum spent last three years in Berlin and, according to his words, authorities from the US tried several times to detain him. 

He said: "My friends, my family members and other people I know have been harassed and threatened and in some cases dragged in front of the grand jury and asked to become informants."

"I've had so many encounters with the US government, including in Europe, where they have tried to encourage me to step onto US embassy soil (so they could arrest him). No, I haven't been home. I live in free Europe instead."

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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