Julian Assange denies CIA has “TAKEN OVER Wikileaks” as his DNA could go to Sweden

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The Wikileaks founder was forced correct another theory after it was previously falsely claimed he may have died or disappeared.

Conspiracy theories that Assange was “missing or worse” and later that the CIA had hacked into the Twitter feed emerged after WikiLeaks tweeted some apparently cryptic insurance files and SHA-256 hashes, at the same time as Assange went quiet after the Ecuadorian embassy cut of his internet access.

Claims Assange had died deepened when, on November 24, Wikileaks tweeted that they could not prove Julian Assange was alive, despite previously running a poll asking for the best way to do this.

The tweet said the only person who could prove he was still alive was the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Rafael Correa.

It said: “Please stop asking us for ‘proof of life’. We do not control Assange’s physical environment or internet connection. @MashiRafael does.”

Assange has since taken part in a one hour live audio interview, during the Free Connected Minds conference, which took place in Beirut at the Phoenicia Hotel.

He discussed a new tranch of US cables released by Wikileaks from 1979, which show how CIA and US foreign policy paved the way for ISIS.

He also denied the rumours of the CIA taking over the WikiLeaks and that he and his team are still very much in charge.

He said to FCM moderator Youmna Naufal: “The CIA taking over WikiLeaks is false.” 

Former British Ambassador Craig Murray, also confirmed Mr Assange was alive when he met with him on the same day of the conference interview.

He reported afterwards: “Just got back after a long chat with Julian Assange. 

“We were joined for a light supper by the ever interesting and ebullient Yanis Varoufakis.

“Julian is very aware of the persistent rumours about his position or health. He is fine apart from a cold, and buoyed by recent events.”

Mr Assange has been cooped up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for four years as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex assault allegations. 

He fears that, from there, he could be extradited to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks” activities. 

On November 14, an Ecuadorean state attorney accompanied by a Swedish prosecutor questioned Assange at the embassy over allegations he committed rape in Sweden in 2010.

An official transcript of the interview will be sent to Swedish authorities in mid-December.

Ecuador’s prosecutor, Galo Chiriboga said: “Four years have passed and we are only at this stage, but that is no longer attributable to Ecuador, it is attributable to Swedish prosecutors. I do not think there is a quick way out.” 

A DNA sample was also taken by British police from Assange at the embassy.

Mr Chiriboga added: “Therefore Sweden will now have to request that DNA sample from the British police.”