WikiLeaks is appealing for leaked White House documents before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office, as its founder Julian Assange again denied Russia was the source of hacked Democratic party emails last year.
"System admins: Don't let the White House destroy U.S. history again! Copy now, then send to WikiLeaks at your leisure," the whistleblower website said on Twitter, shortly before Assange gave an in-depth interview to U.S. network Fox.
“We increased the reward for the arrest or exposure of Obama admin officials destroying info to US$30,000, thanks to a donor stepping forward,” another tweet said Wednesday after it had earlier set the reward at US$20,000.
From his refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Assange gave Fox an extended interview Tuesday where he insisted that no Russian government-linked party was the source of the material the website leaked last year
WikiLeaks released the documents during the U.S. election campaign in what U.S. intelligence reportedly concluded was an attempt by Russia to tip the election in favor of Hillary Clinton's Republican rival, Donald Trump, who went on to win the White House.
Last year Wikileaks published thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, which provided insight into how the party favored the former first lady over Bernie Sanders and other damning aspects of the party's workings.
Several U.S. intelligence agencies have said the Russian government hacked the email accounts of the party and provided them to WikiLeaks. The Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and approved sanctions on Moscow as a result of the allegations.
However, critics argue the U.S. government has failed to provide any concrete evidence to back up their accusations and that blaming Moscow was a way for the Democrats to ignore dealing with the real reasons behind the loss of the unpopular Clinton.