President Trump Weighs In On Julian Assange Arrest


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U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned on Thursday he didn’t have an opinion in regards to the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces the prospect of extradition to the US over the publishing of secret official info.

British police arrested Assange on Thursday after Ecuador withdrew its asylum that had allowed him to take refuge within the nation’s embassy in London for seven years.

“I do know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my factor. … I don’t actually have any opinion,” Trump mentioned to reporters earlier than a gathering with South Korean chief Moon Jae-in.

On the marketing campaign path in the course of the 2016 presidential election, Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks. Shortly earlier than the election, Trump mentioned, “I really like WikiLeaks,” after it launched a cache of hacked Democratic Celebration emails that harmed the candidacy of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

U.S. prosecutors have charged Assange with conspiring with former Military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to entry a authorities laptop.

Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and different crimes for offering greater than 700,000 paperwork, movies, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to Wikileaks, although the ultimate 28 years of her sentence had been later commuted by President Barack Obama.

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