UPDATE 2-WikiLeaks' Assange signals release of documents before U.S. election

martes 4 de octubre de 2016 09:49 GYT

* WikiLeaks founder says first batch to be published next week

* Says election material "significant" but not targeted at Clinton

* Assange remains in Ecuador embassy in London

* Wanted in Sweden to answer rape allegation which he denies (Adds quotes, details)

By Andrea Shalal

BERLIN, Oct 4 (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Tuesday the group would publish about one million documents related to the U.S. election and three governments in coming weeks, but denied the release was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.

Assange, speaking via a video link, said the documents would be released before the end of the year, starting with an initial batch in the coming week.

Assange, 45, who remains at the Ecuadoran embassy in London where he sought refuge in 2012 to avoid possible extradition to Sweden, said the election material was "significant" and would come out before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.

He criticised Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, for demonising his WikiLeaks group's work after a spate of releases related to the Democratic National Committee before the Democratic political convention this summer.   Continuación...