Fox News’ Sean Hannity Lands Interview With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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Sean Hannity has landed a sit-down interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that will air Tuesday on Fox News Channel, the network announced Monday.

According to a Fox News release, the two will discuss Russian hacking, the 2016 presidential election, and both the Obama and upcoming Trump administrations. It will air at 10 p.m. on Jan. 3, with additional portions of the interview airing throughout the week.

Assange is currently living under political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he sought refuge from a Swedish investigation into rape allegations stemming from his 2010 visit to the country.

The interview will mark Assange’s first face-to-face cable news appearance. It is not, however, the first time he’s spoken publicly to Hannity. Most recently, in December, Assange called into Hannity’s radio show, in which the host gushed to Assange that “you’ve done us a favor” in exposing gaps in U.S. cybersecurity.

Hannity’s tone on Assange has seemingly changed over the past few years. Previously a critic of WikiLeaks, Hannity has since interviewed him multiple times via radio and phone. In a satellite interview on Fox News in September, Hannity told Assange, “Part of me, in the beginning, was conflicted about you.”

Assange and WikiLeaks were heavily involved in the political sphere ahead of Election Day, with WikiLeaks steadily publishing emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. There were also embarrassing emails from Democratic Party officials spread by WikiLeaks just before the Democratic National Convention in late July.

Much of the recent news on the election has focused on Russia’s role in the email hacks. Assange has claimed that he did not receive the hacked emails from Russia, and previously released a statement saying that WikiLeaks was not trying to influence the outcome of the election, though he’s been highly critical of Clinton.

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  1. Malikaii says:

    Assange is not isolated in the embassy. He has an internet connection. As a matter of fact, there were several articles recently about the fact that the Ecuadorian embassy had shut off his internet connection in compliance with a request from Sweden.

  2. How’s Assange getting his information, carrier pigeon? For the past five years he’s been hiding from the law in the Ecuadorian embassy and can’t step foot out the door. He doesn’t have access to the internet. Assange wants a pardon. Why doesn’t the news point all this out and why does anyone believe him?

  3. Susan Merry says:

    With all of the information concerning Israel, the UN, Obama and all of the other CRAP being fed to the American public …

    the answer is … I believe Assange. Wholeheartedly.

  4. Here are some facts : Decide for yourselves 1) Trump owes Blackstone/ Bayrock group $560 million dollars (one of his largest debtors and the primary reason he won’t reveal his tax returns)
    2) Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires, who owe their position to Putin and have made billions from their work with the Russian government.
    3) Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed that owing money to them is like owing to the Russian mob and while you owe them, they own you for many favors.
    4) The Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over-dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts.
    5) Russia has an impetus to influence our election to ensure the per barrel oil prices are above $65 ( they are currently hovering around $50)
    6) Russia can’t affordably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45 or Saudi Arabia at $39. With Iranian sanctions being lifted Russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing Russia further down the list of suppliers.
    As for Iranian sanctions, the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it. These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed. Trump spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed, which would make Russian oil more competitive.
    7) Rex Tillerson (Trump’s pick for Secretary of State) is the head of ExxonMobil, which is in possession of patented technology that could help Putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping Putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute its military and finally afford to mass produce the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russian economy had slowed so much.
    8) Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money, due to US sanctions on Russia, because of its involvement in Ukrainian civil war.
    9) Look for Trump to end sanctions on Russia and to back out of the Iranian nuclear deal, to help Russia rebuild its economy, strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer, thus allowing Trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone.
    10) With Trump’s fabricated hatred of NATO and the U.N., the Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the Baltic states is real. Russia retaking their access to the Baltic Sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia, allowing Russia to make a good case for its oil and gas being piped into eastern Europe.
    Sources: Time Magazine, NY Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian UK.”

  5. Steve says:

    Assange, is in the hands of the CIA, if you get anything more than a pod cast checkout Assange. It will be a body double. Checkout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n6MAUZuDRU

    • rabbitnexus says:

      Linda, as a Muslim and married to a Pakistani so no racist, I can assure you that you do not speak for most of the people you think you do. We don’t see a racist in Trump, we see those who made us judged by and victims of your own created Islamist extremists. If people don’t like Muslims right now, it is because of policies that YOUR side pursued. You delude yourselves as much as you try to deceive others.

  6. Paul DeN says:

    Imagine a person only being satisfied if they saw a sit down interview. Talk about insane logic, as I recall Obama was standing and sitting when he lied about Benghazi.

  7. Paul DeN says:

    Liberals would rather believe a person who lied about Benghazi to satisfy his lusts for power and wealth or a woman compliant in a crime. Because Obama sits down like he did touring the talks show while his lapdog water-toting media carries his water. While Senate exposed a time line making Rice’s statements in conflict to Senate hearing of Clinton’s recorded accounts as the attacks progressed. In other words Hillary was caught in a systematic lies telling her family and countries one thing but allowing Rice to lie to the American people about a video.

  8. Marilena Bombino says:

    If the interview does not show him being filmed I will NOT believe a thing. So best it be a face to face interview and not a radio interview! We the people did not fall from the clouds and bump our head this morning!

    • Randy Odum says:

      You should try and actually read the article. In the very FIRST sentence, it states that it is a SIT DOWN interview. Shortly after, it states that it is a face to face interview. What’s wrong with you? READ!

  9. Justin says:

    Strange, he goes missing, and we ask where he is, show his face, show any kind of life…nothing then we get the interview on the 3rd. I promise you this, this is NOT Assange.

  10. Chris Long says:

    For the MSM this is already settled – it was Russian hackers.

  11. terry osborn says:

    The website Powerline (they are the ones who exposed the Dan Rather hoax in 2004 ) has posted its’ analysis of the DNC hacking investigation done by intelligence community. Duplicating the claims in the report, Powerline found that the evidence is laughably weak. It is very interesting reading

    • Bambubi says:

      Putin owns the Clintons , they want us to think they wanted Trump. I can’t believe how easily the MSM is getting PLAYED.

  12. Herb says:

    Seth Rich probably was the leak. But the liars Obama & Hillary are so angry that they spent a billion dollars for nothing, that they’ll do anything to hurt Trump and make his admin as weak as possible. Because they don’t want the status quo to change: Russia NEEDS to be the enemy otherwise the military-industrial complex makes no money. Russia NEEDS to be responsible for Trump’s win, because otherwise Hillary & Obama need to look into the mirror and ask themselves: “Why are we such losers ?”

  13. BathhouseBarry says:

    Wikileaks released the only information that could have influenced the election, and all that information did was expose the corruption and collusion of the DNC and the leftist media. Wikileaks has already confirmed repeatedly that their data did not come from any government, and they have no motivation to lie. Who has a better reputation for honesty and transparency, Wikileaks, or the 0bama regime? The answer is easy.

  14. Kris L says:

    No one cares how the emails were obtained, only that they are TRUE!

  15. labman57 says:

    In the interview, Assange asserted that Obama has been trying to “delegitimize” Trump’s election victory.

    Curious that Trent Franks used almost the same terminology in an interview conducted 3 days ago. Can you say “scripted talking points”?
    Assange might just as well be a paid member of Team Trump.

    In any case, Donnie has been doing an excellent job of delegitimizing his election all by himself, thank you very much.

    • Pryz Fytr says:

      Well, those were the words that I’d use, as well – but I didn’t vote for Trump. So, no, I won’t say “scripted talking points”. BTW, looking for a conspiracy where one doesn’t exist will simply cause paranoia.

      • rabbitnexus says:

        You know, I’m a Muslim and like most genuine Muslims, we’re conservative and moderate, I am a Trump supporter.

      • LarryinCT says:

        I wonder how people that voted for Obama twice and voted for Hillary this time around can actually live with themselves

  16. Tim James says:

    Wow, the lunatics really came out to soothe their deluded angst on this one, didn’t they?

    “Hurry! I need to share my paranoid racist delusions before someone says something that challenges my ignorant hill-folk ways!”

  17. dt60093 says:

    It is very likely that multiple state parties hacked the DNC, that one or more individuals may have hacked it and that thumb drive copies were made at the DNC and removed from the premises. I have a tiny 256GB thumb drive to plug into a USB port right here in my desk. The question is which source provided the emails to Wikileaks. It is probable that our intelligence agencies found where the Russian code was embedded in one of the computer programs, and they stopped looking for additional hackers. It would be like the Russians to gather data and not give away their capability to do so by providing that data to anyone.

  18. Justme77 says:

    My thoughts exactly! Blaming the Russians is taking the heat off the Clintons.

  19. Justme77 says:

    Assange, just say the name Seth Rich already!

  20. Clothesline is one word. Given that humor is highly subjective…I judge you on that mistake alone.

  21. The Usual Suspect says:

    This is great, Hannity is doing the work the “journalists” are afraid to do for fear of the wrath of the Obama machine. Probably the Cleveland Insurance Agents too.

  22. totalltosquat says:

    The truth is…Onebigassmistakeamerica is not a legitimate President!

  23. Buzzcuts says:

    The biggest idiots of all are those believing a word that comes out of Assange’s mouth. You are all being played. Idiots.

  24. I hope something big comes out about this whole deal. Maybe Barack Obama could spend some time in the slammer for his anti-American activities and other assorted crimes. The man is an America-hating dog.

  25. Until January 20th, President Obama serves American People as lame Middle Finger without the part that it represents.

  26. dabba says:

    When everyone thought Hillary was going to win, I recall the Democrats wringing their hands about Trump not conceding the election and undermining the election process. As usual, Democrats are hypocrites because that is exactly what they and Obama are doing.

  27. Obama is busted, and outside of his genocide, middle east fire storm, racism, cop killing, this will go down in his legacy of failing

  28. Uncle Marty says:

    Craig Murray said he got them from someone he suspects was a disgruntled DNC staffer (Bernie supporter disgusted by the DNC colluding with HRC), who handed the emails to him on a flash drive in a D.C. park. Murray passed them on the Wikileaks. As Murray has said, the CIA story that Russia was behind providing the emails to Wikileaks is “bullshit”.

  29. B Da Truth says:

    DNC staffer Seth Rich was Asaign’s mole in the DNC, if I were a Bernie guy I’d be demanding an investigation..

  30. cyunvwyatt says:

    His source was Seth Rich.

  31. Olga Olinka says:

    The fun starts even before the 20th….Mr. President -ELECT…give them (MSM, elite, talking head) HELL

  32. Historyguy48 says:

    After listening to one lie after another coming from the Obama administration why would any rational person actually think that anything would change? After all, his hero Saul Alinsky wrote that a lie usually works far better than the truth.

  33. gregbuls says:

    Obama doesn’t want to stop running his pimp game on Americans. If Obama can only delegitimize Trump, the pimp can keep his pink jack boot firmly on our necks.

  34. B Da Truth says:

    Solve the strange 4 AM murder of DNC staffer and you’ll solve this issue.
    4 AM, watch wallet jewelry cell phone nothing taken, no gun shots heard, no shell casings, no video almost like a professional job, perhaps a professional sent from the DNC?

  35. Anyone else see the article in Rolling Stone late last week questioning why Obama has now decided to tepidly go after the Russians for this? They vaguely implied that Obama is covering something up. Any one else think it’s a bit unusual for Rolling Stone and Variety to suddenly be wondering out loud exactly what the hell Obama (and the purposeful vagueness about all this “released” to date from the administration) is up to?

  36. dabba says:

    Obama has been lying about this all along. He knew it Russia didn’t do this. This was always about undermining Trump and his Presidency and making everyone who didn’t vote for Trump believe he’s an illegitimate President.

  37. govinda says:

    How old is this interview? It is cold, dark, his body broken and he’s nearly dead.

  38. Rwinthorp says:

    What’s even more amazing than where the emails came from, is that the emails released, the democrats are not refuting the content. They’re just upset because the info they didn’t want released was released with poor timing to them. Russian hacking was verified by the administration to have started 18 months ago, and now since they don’t understand tat the majority of America does not like the policies and corruption that the Obama admin brings to this country.

  39. Sean says:

    Is doesn’t if Zeus, Buhhda, Jesus, Allah, King Tut and the Queen of Sheba had the same interview.
    There is always going to be a certain segment, and in this case a very large one, that cannot take rejection.

    • Rather than mention every odd name you could think of as ‘clever’ analogies, you should have put more effort into spelling a two-letter word correctly and not forgetting to type the word ‘matter’ for the millisecond it took for the thought to reach your fingers.

      You are laughably impotent.

      (Would now be a bad time to note that you didn’t even spell Buddha right?)

  40. TITUS says:

    It’s Alive!

  41. I would not be surprised at anything that Obama, Jerrett and the Muslim Brotherhood would pull. The man and everyone near him are not loyal to this country, and would do anything to create a crisis.

  42. Latrese Mcgowan says:

    I don’t believe it, according to CNN, the Russians also hacked computers in Fallout4

  43. TheBruce says:

    The administration has been beating the war drums with Russia for the better part of a year. It, and its paymasters (Wall Street, Military Industrial Complex), need something with a little more teeth in it since bombing Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and the Sudan haven’t been quite as good for business as was previously thought (yes, we’re actively engaged in war crimes in those areas).

    So the “industry” needs to get into a shooting war with Russia, and Obama has been more than happy to oblige by offering up some “red” meat as an explanation for Clinton’s loss.

    Do you not see what’s happening here? The establishment wants a war and they’ve been falling all over themselves trying to get one.

  44. Samala M Henry says:

    A few months ago, Hannity called Assange a threat and danger who should be visited by the federal government. The about-face is not surprising seeing that the GOP has never hidden their hypocrisy and love of party over country.

  45. Jjj67 says:

    The Obama is lying again?

  46. Jack Foobar says:

    Wonder why Assange didn’t want to be visited by the Clinton News Network or MSDNC?

  47. The Obama administration just can’t catch a break.

  48. James Curry says:

    Cognitive dissonance from Obama. He is the ‘illegitimate one’.

  49. Terrylee says:

    It’s the American/Obama government stupid ! The Obama news media CIA crap they keep pushing on a public’s that does not believe Anything they say or do..Trying to get a war going because they can’t accept the people’s vote for president! It’s disgusting that our government is willing to kill millions of humanity to cover up their crimes !
    Obama needs to be in lock down in the White House till we have our elected president move in and take over this corrupt government!

  50. Larry says:

    Julian Assange, thank you thank you thank you for verifying to the world what we all suspected of the corrupt Democratic party.

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