Reactions are coming in from around the world since the April 12th arrest of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and Hillary Clinton, whose own 2016 presidential campaign was irrevocably damaged by a WikiLeaks hack, says that Assange should have to “answer for what he has done.”
Clinton’s personal experience with the “activist/hacktivist” Assange, who is currently awaiting possible extradition to the US to face charges related to hacking classified US documents, stems from 2016 when WikiLeaks released over 30,000 emails from her private email server and other personal communications.
Clinton spoke at a New York event on Thursday and had the following to say about Mr. Assange:
“The bottom line is that he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it has been charged.”Hillary Clinton, on Julian Assange
Though President Trump has repeatedly denied involvement or knowledge of the email hack scandal of 2016, he has brought up the Clinton emails and used them to his particular advantage numerous times and even expressed his support of WikiLeaks. Ms. Clinton used a little humor to highlight and connect Trump’s notorious immigration policy AND his support of WikiLeaks, saying, “I do think it’s a little ironic that he’s the only foreigner this administration would welcome to the United States.”
Australian-born Assange had been hiding out in London for nearly seven years after initially seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. He’s now looking at possible US charges in one of the largest leaks of government secrets ever.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Assange “will get the same treatment as everybody else”