Hillary Clinton says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange colluded with Russia to help Donald Trump win US election

Defeated presidential candidate also tells Australia’s Four Corners program that Wikileaks is now ‘a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence’.

Donald Trump’s Twitter account represents a “clear and present danger” to world security, Hillary Clinton has argued.

In an interview on Australian television aired on Monday night Clinton said the Trump’s presidency “certainly is” a risk not just to the US but also “the rest of the world, including Australia”.

Because, she said, of his “use of Twitter”, and his “conducting diplomacy or the lack thereof on Twitter”.

During the interview Clinton has repeated her claim that the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, colluded with the Russian government in the lead-up to the 2016 US election, describing him as a “nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator”.

She alleged that Assange cooperated with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to disrupt the US election and damage her campaign for president.

“WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence,” Clinton told the ABC’s Sarah Ferguson.

Describing Putin as a “dictator”, Clinton said the damaging email leaks that crippled her 2016 candidacy were part of a coordinated operation against her, directed by the Russian government.