Fox News host Sean Hannity has scored an exclusive interview coup of sorts as his show is set to air beginning Tuesday night his in person interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has previously only communicated with media and granted interviews via phone or remote broadcast. Hannity's exclusive one-on-one encounter with Assange will take place at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where the WikiLeaks chief is on asylum to avoid arrest on account of Swedish charges.
Fox has announced that the interview will tackle the still brewing controversy on the alleged Russian hacking of American political parties, the 2016 presidential election ,the Donald Trump and Barack Obama administrations. Assange has of course previously talked about these topics already, and so the fact that Hannity has gone all the way to London to conduct the fresh interviews in person could only suggest that Assange will be discussing more sensitive matters, and potentially reveal more explosive information and details on the said issues that continue to hound him and U.S. politics.
In last month's remote interview with Hannity also, Assange vehemently denied that Russia was the source of WikiLeaks documents involving a trove of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.
Assange also expressed his displeasure then of even having to deny that their source is a state party because normally they did not have to discuss about their sources at all for the sources' own protection, much like what legitimate journalism practices require. Assange, however, felt compelled to issue the stern denial of Russian state involvement to prevent a " distraction attack" against WikeLeaks, as he firmly believes the American public should focus on the content of the publication.
Assange has also clarified that WikeLeaks was given information as well on the Republican party, but the details were already made public elsewhere before they could use those.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democrats and some CIA officials keep insisting that the alleged Russian hacking was intended to skew the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump has not accepted such claim, saying that such a serious charge cannot be just liberally thrown around without the benefit of a full and credible investigation. The Republican incoming President said he prefers to wait for the full report before making a judgment, while also reminding everyone that the CIA once got it so wrong with their disastrous report on the supposed weapons of mass destruction of Saddam Hussein.
Trump also underscored that he understood hacking far more than his critics think he does, and that it is a very hard thing to prove. He also said that " he knows things that other people don't know." His spokesperson Sean Spicer also chimed in that it is highly " irresponsible" to be jumping to conclusions when the intelligence community would only wrap up their report later this week.
Assange also revealed in an earlier interview what he thinks of Hillary's crushing election loss, that it should be viewed with relief as it saved the U.S. from "left wing dictatorship". Assange did not exactly say he believes in Trump, but only that his election potentially provides an opportunity for change.
Perhaps Hannity's in person interview with Assange will shed more light ahead of the intel report and will provide more in-depth discussion on Assange's thoughts on Trump, Obama and even Hillary. Fox News will air the first installment of the exclusive interview Tuesday night.