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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the secrecy-spilling group in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Assange said that WikiLeaks plans to start a series of publications this week, but wouldn’t specify the timing and subject. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The WikiLeaks press conference wasn't the October surprise everyone was waiting for

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It wasn't an October surprise -- at least not just yet.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, didn't show all his cards early Tuesday morning during his much-anticipated press conference.

Leading up to the the press conference, there were rumors Assange would reveal documents that could damage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.  

But Assange said only that he would release American election documents before November 8. 


Assange assures us it's big

"Nonetheless, the material WikiLeaks is going to publish before the end of the year is of a significant moment, such a significant moment," said Assange, via video conference from his sanctuary at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. 

"This year's elections affecting three powerful organizations in three different states, as well as information previously referred to about the U.S. election process," he added.

The WikiLeaks press conference wasn't the October surprise everyone was waiting for

WATCH  | Here's a brief snippet of the press conference.

Assange has lived almost 5 years in the Embassy of Ecuador

He has been living in asylum for nearly five years, facing extradition from the United Kingdom to Sweden on rape charges.

Assange has denied any wrongdoing, accusing the United States and others of conspiring against him because of his decade of work releasing classified documents through his website.


"We won't do it at 3 a.m." 

"There's enormous expectation in the United States," said Assange, regarding the rumors that information on Clinton would be revealed in his press conference.

"You need to understand if we're going to make a major publication in relation to the United States, at a particular hour we don't do it at 3 a.m."

Assange's press conference started at 10 a.m. local time from Berlin, Germany. 

Assange teases about future documents

Since WikiLeaks started 10 years ago, more than 10 million documents have been released "corresponding to 3,000 documents a day on average," said Assange.


"We have a schedule, and it's a very hard schedule, all the U.S. election-related documents to come out before November 8th," said Assange.

The data dump would also include documents related to Iraq, oil and politics, he said.

Assange needs an 'army'

Assange said he expects to hire 100 additional reporters over the next three years. "We are going to need an army to defend us from the pressure that is already starting to arise." 

He said that pressure has been placed on the Embassy of Ecuador.

"If I'm not able to continue or the Ecuadorian people are unreasonably blamed for these publications, I will have to resign as editor but our publications will continue." 

Many Twitter users stayed up late for what was assumed to be a big reveal. 

Some Trump supporters expected an anti-Clinton bombshell.

Others found the event's fallout amusing.

Assange's promise not to reveal U.S. documents late at night was good news to some. 

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