WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said it was Hillary Clinton's "own words" that sunk her run for the presidency, not WikiLeaks' decision to publish them. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said it was Hillary Clinton’s “own words” that sunk her run for the presidency, not WikiLeaks’ decision to publish them.

“What is the allegation here exactly?” Assange asked in response to a question in an interview with the Italian newspaper la Repubblica about whether he had done a “hit job” on Clinton. “We published what the Democratic National Committee, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, and Hillary Clinton herself were saying about their own campaign, which the American people read and were very interested to read, and assessed the elements and characters, and then they made a decision,” Assange said. “That decision was based on Hillary Clinton’s own words, her campaign manager’s own words. That’s democracy.”

In the weeks and months leading up to Election Day, WikiLeaks published private emails by DNC officials and Podesta that proved damaging the Democrats and Clinton.

Assange said he had “mixed” feelings about Trump’s victory.

“Hillary Clinton’s election would have been a consolidation of power in the existing ruling class of the United States. Donald Trump is not a D.C. insider, he is part of the wealthy ruling elite of the United States, and he is gathering around him a spectrum of other rich people and several idiosyncratic personalities,” Assange said. “They do not by themselves form an existing structure, so it is a weak structure which is displacing and destabilizing the pre-existing central power network within D.C. It is a new patronage structure which will evolve rapidly, but at the moment its looseness means there are opportunities for change in the United States: change for the worse and change for the better.”

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