Pence: Trump's Constant Love For WikiLeaks Wasn't An 'Endorsement'

by Ben Pena April 13, 2019, 6:43
Pence: Trump's Constant Love For WikiLeaks Wasn't An 'Endorsement'

Asked yesterday about Assange's arrest, Trump said at the White House: "It's not my thing".

The United States will nearly certainly ask for him to be extradited to the States but Assange has said that he will fight an extradition order.

The U.S. put in an extradition request in 2017 for Assange for his having allegedly conspired with Chelsea Manning to hack U.S. government databases in order to publish sensitive information.

Assange is expected to fight extradition to the U.S., a process that could stretch out for years.

When Julian Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012, he was fleeing from sexual assault accusations against him in Sweden. She argued that "journalism organizations should have their say".

The Assange prosecution "would be unprecedented and unconstitutional and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations", the ACLU's Ben Wizner tells Sullivan.

Assange, however, claims Russian Federation was not his source. "The bottom line is that he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it has been charged", she said. After a week of warnings from WikiLeaks and Assange's attorneys, Ecuador revoked the journalist and publisher's asylum protection and allowed British police into the embassy to arrest him-decisions that were widely condemned by political leaders, whistleblowers, journalists, and human rights advocates worldwide. The warrant has since been dropped, but Assange is now in police custody in London for skipping bail.

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That distinction could be vital in the US Government's case and complicate Assange's efforts to cast the prosecution as infringing on press freedom.

In June 2012, with his legal avenues exhausted, Assange finally faced extradition to Sweden.

Foreign Minister José Valencia and Interior Minister María Paula Romo accused Assange of riding scooters around the cramped embassy hallways, insulting staff and smearing feces on the walls. British police said Assange had been arrested Thursday for breaching his bail conditions and in relation to the USA arrest request.

On Friday, Swedish prosecutors said they were examining the rape case at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer.

"What Assange did here was not to steal a secret, but to reveal a secret and that act of revelation, in that case numerous acts of revelation, is absolutely protected in the first amendment pursuant to the very now-well known and highly regarded case called the Pentagon Papers Case", Judge Napolitano told FOX Business' Kennedy on Thursday.

It was long known by the Obama DOJ and was explicitly part of Manning's trial, yet the Obama DOJ-not exactly renowned for being stalwart guardians of press freedoms-concluded it could not and should not prosecute Assange because indicting him would pose serious threats to press freedom.

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