Tue Nov 8, 2016 10:45PM
 Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen through the eyepeace of a camera as he is displayed on a screen via a live video connection during a press conference. (File photo)
Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen through the eyepeace of a camera as he is displayed on a screen via a live video connection during a press conference. (File photo)

The founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks justifies why it has been releasing documents against the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Julian Assange released a statement on the WikiLeaks website on US Election Day on Tuesday, complaining about the “pressure” he is under by Democrats, further explaining why no documents were released against GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“That pressure has come from the campaign’s allies, including the Obama administration, and from liberals who are anxious about who will be elected US President,” he wrote.

He also responded to allegations that the transparency group has favored Trump, saying, “At the same time, we cannot publish what we do not have. To date, we have not received information on Donald Trump’s campaign.”

He also commented about the timing of the releases, for which the group has been accused of playing political games, noting, “We publish as fast as our resources will allow and as fast as the public can absorb it.”

"This is not due to a personal desire to influence the outcome of the election. The Democratic and Republican candidates have both expressed hostility towards whistleblowers. I spoke at the launch of the campaign for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, because her platform addresses the need to protect them,” Assange wrote. "Publishing is what we do. To withhold the publication of such information until after the election would have been to favour one of the candidates above the public’s right to know.”