— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) March 13, 2017
Assange then shared a picture of Sasse holding a seemingly uncomfortable cat, adding, “You can’t hide who you are from an animal.”
Sasse slammed Assange as a criminal last week, after WikiLeaks published a massive trove of documents allegedly explaining the CIA’s hacking programs.
“Julian Assange should spend the rest of his life wearing an orange jumpsuit,” he said in a statement. “He’s an enemy of the American people and an ally of [Russian President] Vladimir Putin.”
“Mr. Assange has dedicated his life’s work to endangering innocent lives, abetting despots, and stoking a crisis of confidence in the West,” the Senate Armed Services Committee member added.
Sasse claimed last weekend that his remarks had caused multiple hacking attempts targeting “basically every device, every platform, personal and govt” account he possesses.
“Heads-up…I’ve been critical of Assange & WikiLeaks this week,” he tweeted from his personal Twitter account. “So…big surprise: Am having multiple ‘password reset’ attempts right now. So…if you see any crazy-tweets from me tonight, don’t assume #HeavyBooze.”
WikiLeaks published a large cache of files purportedly detailing the CIA’s hacking programs last week, vowing more document dumps targeting the agency are forthcoming. It contains descriptions of hacking tools, engineering notes, internal communications, redacted agent names and more.
Assange said two days after the cache’s emergence that WikiLeaks would give technology companies access to information it has about the CIA’s hacking arsenal.
“We have decided to work with them,” he said during a March 9 online press conference. “To give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out.”
“[The CIA] has lost control of its entire cyber weapons arsenal. This is a historic act of devastating incompetence to have created such an arsenal and store it all in one place and not secure it.”