39-year-old Interpol most wanted list new addition and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Time magazine that Hillary Clinton should resign following a leaked report chronicling Clinton’s involvement with a possible spying case involving the United Nations.
Assange appeared via Skype in a video interview with Time and said, “She [Clinton] should resign, if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up.
The State Department has enthusiastically denied any such involvement. On Tuesday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley responded to Assange’s statement, saying, “This is ridiculous and ill-informed. The leak of these documents is something we have strongly condemned, but what these documents demonstrate is the tremendous work being done by diplomats around the world, led by Secretary Clinton.”
Crowley continued, “Diplomats are diplomats. And their job is to interact with people, gather information, gain perspective on events around the world and report those findings in a way that helps inform our policies and form out actions. They are not intelligence assets. Nothing in any document that allegedly is in the tranche or WikiLeaks or in possession of WikiLeaks changed the role of any diplomat, anywhere in the world.”
The leaked 2009 document referenced “SECSTATE WASHDC” and was reportedly signed “CLINTON.” In the order, Clinton is thought to have asked the United Nations and embassies around the globe to collect personal and financial information on foreign diplomats. Information included: frequent flyer and credit card numbers and even “biometric information on ranking North Korean diplomats.” Typical biometric information can include fingerprints, signatures and iris recognition data.