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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promises leaks on U.S. election in coming weeks

BERLIN – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed to release revealing documents involving the U.S. election in the coming weeks as the organization marks its 10th anniversary.

Assange, speaking by video link to an anniversary news conference in Berlin, said Tuesday that WikiLeaks plans to start a series of publications this week, but wouldn’t specify the timing and subject. He says the group hopes “to be publishing every week for the next 10 weeks” and the leaks include “significant material” on war, arms, oil, Google and the U.S. election.

“The documents themselves are revealing, but also the government/state reactions to the releases are revealing also,” Assange said.

The documents would center around a “significant moment” affecting three powerful organizations in three different states as well as the U.S. election, according to Assange.

Speculation heading into the “October Surprise” event was expected to center around Hillary Clinton and 2016 presidential race, but no such announcement was made.

Prior to the announcement, the WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account pinned a tweet on top of its page with a text alleging Clinton had wanted to “drone” Assange in order to silence him. However, Assange clarified during conference that he has no personal vendetta against the candidate.

The website has published more than 10 million leaked emails in its decade-long history, including 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee staffers. The leaked emails appear to show the committee favoring eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sander during the primary.

Assange is wanted by Swedish authorities over allegations of sexual assault, and was granted asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. Assange denies the rape allegation and says he fears being extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges if he leaves.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.