French Sec. of State Would Consider Asylum for Julian Assange

The U.S. Justice Department unsealed an indictment after Assange's arrest that reveals the extradition request officially comes "in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion".

"With this prosecution of Julian Assange, the U.S. government could set out broad legal arguments about journalists soliciting information or interacting with sources that could have chilling consequences for investigative reporting and the publication of information of public interest".

For President Donald Trump's part, he simply claimed not to know anything about WikiLeaks at all, despite heaping praise on it in the past.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said Assange's asylum arrangement with the country was ultimately revoked because of "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols" as well as his "discourteous and aggressive behaviour".

Assange has always denied the Swedish accusations.

Maria Paula Romo did not identify the person but told Sonorama radio he was very close to Assange, who was arrested Thursday in London on a U.S. extradition request after spending seven years in the Ecuadoran embassy there.

Let's put aside Assange for a moment-because when laws are written or precedents set based only on whether Bad People are bad, we all lose.

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What the USA seems to be saying is the problem wasn't that he published the material, but that he helped steal it. And we can hope that turns out to be good news.

"I love WikiLeaks", he said on one occasion, as the platform leaked stolen emails that proved damaging to his opponent Hillary Clinton's campaign - even though WikiLeaks is alleged to have been working in close coordination with Russian intelligence.

For WikiLeaks and its supporters, the Ecuadorian government tried to use the INA Papers leak as yet another pretext to terminate Assange's asylum.

"We are not going to allow Ecuador to become a hacking center and we can not allow illegal activities to take place in the country in order to harm citizens or other governments", Romo said, after pointing out that Ecuador also suspects two Russian hackers to be involved in the influence campaign on their country.

First Amendment lawyer Barry Pollack tells Sullivan that the indictment against Assange was narrow and didn't criminalize the mere receiving and publishing of classified information. "The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it's been charged". "That's not a useful way to talk about what distinguishes the Assange case". According to the indictment, Assange allegedly offered to help Manning break a password to a secure government database.

If Swedish prosecutors ask for Assange's extradition, it will ultimately be up to British courts to decide whether this claim should supersede a USA request.

Assange was finally questioned for two days in November 2016, after a change in tactics from Swedish authorities who had previously argued that he had to travel to Sweden to be interviewed.

  • Darren Santiago