WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van, after he was arrested by British police in London on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends 7 years in Ecuador embassy

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By Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and Costas Pitas

British police dragged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of Ecuador's embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.

Hours after the frail-looking Assange, with white hair and a long beard, was carried head-first by at least seven men out of the London embassy and into a waiting police van, U.S. officials announced he had been charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

As he was being hauled out of the embassy in a dramatic scene shortly after 9 a.m., the Australian-born Assange was heard shouting, "This is unlawful, I'm not leaving."

British Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the news in parliament, to cheers and cries of "Hear, hear!" from lawmakers.

But in Washington, President Donald Trump, who in 2016 said "I love WikiLeaks" after the website released emails that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia to harm his election opponent Hillary Clinton, told reporters he had no opinion on the charges against Assange.

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing," Trump said.

Assange gave a thumbs up in handcuffs as he was taken from a police station to a London court, where he pronounced himself not guilty of failing to surrender in 2012. District judge Michael Snow called Assange a "narcissist" and convicted him of skipping bail. Sentencing will be at a later date.

Police said they arrested Assange, 47, after being invited into the embassy following the Ecuadorean government's withdrawal of asylum. He took refuge there in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation that was later dropped.

Assange was carried out of the building - located behind the luxury department store Harrods - carrying a copy of Gore Vidal's "History of The National Security State", which he continued reading in court.

In Washington, the U.S. Justice Department said Assange was charged with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and American diplomatic communications.

The indictment was made secretly last year and unsealed on Thursday. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted, with legal experts saying more charges were possible.

Ecuador suspended Julian Assange's citizenship and accused him and others at WikiLeaks of collaborating in attempts to destabilize the Andean nation's government, after years of offering him shelter.

Lawyers for Assange said he may risk torture and his life would be in danger if he were to be extradited to the United States.

The arrest, after years holed up in a few cramped rooms at the embassy, represented one of the most sensational turns in a tumultuous life that has transformed the computer programmer into a fugitive wanted by the United States.

"The whole House will welcome the news this morning that the Metropolitan Police have arrested Julian Assange, arrested for breach of bail after nearly seven years in the Ecuadorean embassy," May said.

Supporters of Assange said Ecuador had betrayed him at the behest of Washington, that the ending of his asylum was illegal and that it marked a dark moment for press freedom.

"Journalists around the world should be deeply troubled by these unprecedented criminal charges," Barry Pollack, a lawyer for Assange, said in a statement reacting to the U.S. indictment.

His admirers have hailed Assange as a hero for exposing what they describe as abuse of power by modern states and for championing free speech. His detractors have painted him as a dangerous figure complicit in Russian efforts to undermine the West and U.S. security.

"Under the guise of transparency, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have effectively acted as an arm of the Russian intelligence services for years," U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican, said. "Hopefully, he will now face justice."

The Kremlin said it hoped Assange's rights would not be violated.

WikiLeaks angered Washington by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables that laid bare critical U.S. appraisals of world leaders, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to members of the Saudi royal family.

Assange made international headlines in 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.

Assange's U.S. indictment arose from a long-running criminal investigation dating back to the administration of former President Barack Obama. It was triggered in part by WikiLeaks' publication in 2010 of U.S. military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the diplomatic communications - disclosures that embarrassed the United States and strained relations with allies.

The Justice Department said Assange was arrested under an extradition treaty between the United States and Britain.

The indictment said Assange in March 2010 engaged in a conspiracy to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications.

Manning's lawyers demanded the release of the former intelligence analyst, jailed last month after being held in contempt by a judge in Virginia for refusing to testify before a grand jury, and said "continued detention would be purely punitive."

A Swedish lawyer representing the alleged rape victim said she would push to have prosecutors reopen the case, but a retired senior prosecutor and chairman of NGO Victim Support Sweden said that may be difficult.

Britain said no person was above the law.

"Julian Assange is no hero, he has hidden from the truth for years and years," British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.

"It's not so much Julian Assange being held hostage in the Ecuadorean embassy, it's actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorean embassy hostage in a situation that was absolutely intolerable for them."

YEARS OF SOLITUDE

Friends of Assange said his solitary existence in the embassy was tough on him.

"It was a miserable existence and I could see it was a strain on him, but a strain he managed rather well," said Vaughan Smith, a friend who had visited Assange. "The thing that was most difficult for Julian was the solitude."

"He was very tough, but the last year in particular was very difficult. He was constantly being surveilled and spied upon. There was no privacy for him," Smith said.

Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. The website published secret official information, infuriating the United States and other countries. WikiLeaks said Ecuador had illegally terminated his political asylum in violation of international law.

"Assange's critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom," said Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who fled to Moscow after revealing massive U.S. intelligence gathering.

Assange was offered refuge in 2012 by Ecuador's then-president Rafael Correa, but his relationship with Ecuador has soured under Correa's successor Lenin Moreno, who has said Assange violated the terms of his asylum. Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno's personal life.

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Seeing Assange dragged out of the embassy was hilarious. Because he skipped bail last time, I expect the UK to keep him behind bars as his extradition appeals process over the next couple of years. He can end it anytime by just revealing who killed Seth Rich.

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But in Washington, President Donald Trump, who in 2016 said "I love WikiLeaks" after the website released emails that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia to harm his election opponent Hillary Clinton, told reporters he had no opinion on the charges against Assange.

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing," Trump said.

Just another outward sign of the oncoming of dementia. It's a serious thing for many elderly seniors, and when one is the President of the United States, he should be under medical care! It's not like he can't afford it!

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He was constantly being surveilled and spied upon. There was no privacy for him...

His supporters praise his spying activities as "freedom of speech", and now they complain that he was being spied?

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"I love Wikileaks!"

. . . Donald Trump (2016)

Keep Assange away from the White House. Trump might give him the Medal of Freedom.

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He knew the day of reckoning was coming. Seems to me he wasted 7 good years of his life.

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Keep Assange away from the White House. Trump might give him the Medal of Freedom.

Nah - Trump is preemptively putting arms distance, as he always does to those no longer useful. In this case, it's probably true that Trump had little knowledge of Assange, but there may have been coordination with his campaign. That would be a bargaining lever for Assange and a threat to Trump.

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There was no privacy for him

I guess he didn't like the transparency.

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Trump today: “I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing."

Trump Oct 2016: "WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks."

Trump Oct 2016: “This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove,”

Trump Nov 2016: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks."

You mean the man lies? SHOCKING

All of sudden he doesn't like leakers--I wonder why?

Trump is getting really senile.

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One day, maybe, my children will be able to know whether Assange is a hero, a villain, or maybe just another player.

I think the third option...

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He knew the day of reckoning was coming. Seems to me he wasted 7 good years of his life.

Oh? I would say he has done far more with his life than anyone commenting here is ever likely to. Too bad people are so small minded that they think the world begins and ends with Trump. The arrest of Assange by the US is globalized authoritarianism. Have fun with that one.

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After receiving millions of dollars from the US then Mr Assange gets manhandled out of the Ecuadorean embassy-not a coincidence then.....

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The Justice Department said Assange was arrested under an extradition treaty between the United States and Britain.

Shame Assange isn't chinese. they would have thought twice about extradition.

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Who will the Russians use in the next election to leak their hacked e-mails?

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Seeing Assange dragged out of the embassy was hilarious.

You know why he did that. He can use that at his trial that he was taken against his will, it’s a good argument for his defense. That’s why he purposely did that as emotionally as he could for good measure. Assange is not a fool by any stretch of the imagination.

Because he skipped bail last time, I expect the UK to keep him behind bars as his extradition appeals process over the next couple of years. He can end it anytime by just revealing who killed Seth Rich.

The US could make Assange a martyr in the end and there is no guarantee that he will be locked up forever, being in that cramped 4 room embassy with no natural light for 7 years is punishment in itself, the courts will probably take that into consideration, but I’m just speculating. I think Michael Avenatti is in more trouble than Assange to tell you the truth.

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Who will the Russians use in the next election to leak their hacked e-mails?

Stop allowing yourself to be used and look into things on your own.

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Mixed feelings about this. He helped reveal the massacre of Iraqis by the US, which otherwise would have been covered up.

But one wonders if, at times, he was a stooge and was used by Trump and co. And his self regard often got in the way of the facts. The journalist shouldn't be more important than the stories.

Certainly, Trump's blatant lies that he knows nothing about Wikileaks is cause for concern. He mentioned Wikileaks over 140 times during the last month of his Presidential campaign. Is he trying to gaslight or rewrite the narrative?

And let's not forget the broader implications of arresting a journalist for bringing the truth to light.

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I heard he was a complete nuisance at the embassy. Harassing the guards, screaming at them to clean up his room and feed his cat for him, damaging the floors and walls with his skateboard, hacking the security systems, etc etc etc. I'm sure the embassy is glad to have finally called the exterminators to get rid of the pest.

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But in Washington, President Donald Trump, who in 2016 said "I love WikiLeaks" after the website released emails that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia to harm his election opponent Hillary Clinton, told reporters he had no opinion on the charges against Assange.

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing," Trump said.

What a digusting liar and fraud - is Trump too senile to know there are videos and quotes from him praising this scum?

This guy leadked info that got people killed - he has blood on his hands. And he conspired with Russia and Trump buddy Roger Stone to leak Democratic e-mails because he wanted Trump to win - not becuase he likes Trump - because he hates America and knew that would happen if Donnie got elected.

Extradite him to the US, put him on trial, and have him explain how he got the Democratic e-mails and who and how he colluded with the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Never thought I would say I respect China more than I respect America.

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One day, maybe, my children will be able to know whether Assange is a hero, a villain, or maybe just another player.

We can find out by asking AOC. Ready?

Ocasio-Cortez comments on Julian Assange's arrest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0JqDclqUl4

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I find it strange that, out of all the stuff leaked by Wikileaks, practically nothing reflects badly on Russia. Just saying.

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One day, maybe, my children will be able to know whether Assange is a hero, a villain, or maybe just another player.

We can find out by asking AOC. Ready?

Ocasio-Cortez comments on Julian Assange's arrest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0JqDclqUl4

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Don't worry Julien! Trump has your back! Bwahahhaaa. Hope he found those 30,000 emails.

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bass: The US could make Assange a martyr in the end and there is no guarantee that he will be locked up forever, being in that cramped 4 room embassy with no natural light for 7 years is punishment in itself, the courts will probably take that into consideration, but I’m just speculating. 

Just to be clear, though, in past posts you showed tremendous support for him. Is that still the case or do we need to do an update?

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Cannot get over how old he looks, he is in his mid 40s

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I heard he was a complete nuisance at the embassy.

Who did you hear that from? The embassy who were looking for excuses to renege on their nation's agreement to shelter him? Please ask yourself what the speaker's motives might be when you hear someone saying stuff like this that can't be verified. Don't just believe everything you hear.

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Who will the Russians use in the next election to leak their hacked e-mails?

The E-mails came from Seth Rich, not Russia.

I wonder if Trump will pardon Assange; it would help him win the election.

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Who did you hear that from? The embassy who were looking for excuses to renege on their nation's agreement to shelter him? Please ask yourself what the speaker's motives might be when you hear someone saying stuff like this that can't be verified. Don't just believe everything you hear.

It was a NY Times article. Not sure of its credibility, but the quotes came from Juan Falconi Puig, the Ecuadorian ambassador in London at the time. So I don't know, but the quotes seemed like he was a nuisance that they put up with for quite some time...

In case you are interested, here it is.

Among Mr. Falconí’s top concerns was Mr. Assange’s penchant for riding a skateboard and playing soccer with visitors. His skateboarding, Mr. Falconí said, had “damaged floors, walls and doors.”

The ambassador said the soccer games had destroyed embassy equipment. When an embassy security agent stopped the game and took away the ball, Mr. Assange “began to shake, insult and push the agent,” reclaimed the ball and then “launched the ball at his body.”

The letter said Mr. Assange had invited a television reporter to interview them at the embassy and had showed the visitor off-limits parts of the building.

At one point, according to the letter, Mr. Assange used the alarm setting on a megaphone “to attract the police” to record them for the show.

“This last action, in the middle of the night, was a clear attempt to annoy the police,” Mr. Falconí wrote.

Another time, the letter said, Mr. Assange “violently hit the embassy control room door” demanding in a “threatening manner” that one of the guards come out to speak to him.

The guards came out, only to be harassed by Mr. Assange, who yelled and shoved them, Mr. Falconí wrote.

Mr. Assange’s long presence in the embassy, long after the Ecuadorean president who granted him political asylum had been replaced, finally became too much for the Ecuadorean government. President Lenin Moreno, elected in 2017, explained the decision on Twitter and in a video.

Mr. Assange displaying an ankle monitor after his arrest in London in 2011.

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To be fair, it doesn't sound like they are trying to justify reneging on their agreement to shelter him. The President who granted him the asylum changed, the new guy has no obligation to continue granting him asylum if he doesn't want to. That's the way the world works.

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The next few days might be interesting. I suspect Wikileaks has been holding onto documents that will now be released in retaliation...

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The next few days might be interesting. I suspect Wikileaks has been holding onto documents that will now be released in retaliation...

And a lot of documents that will be released depending on Trump's choice to pardon or not.

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@commanteer:

You missed my point. I mean he knew there was no escape to freedom from the embassy but he stayed in that prison like environment for 7 years and now he will go to prison again. I would rather face justice sooner and taste freedom sooner. I do not know if he is a hero or a zero, but I agree US warcrimes are hidden and/or whitewashed.

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I love his new Messiah or Guru look.

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@CrazyJoe - I like your comment. Nice!

My opinion is this goes above and beyond Trump. There are people in this world (contrary to popular belief and what we are told) having more power than the President.

Assange leaked information which was damaging to people in high places. These people have long memories and will not allow these deeds to go unpunished.

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Why are governments angry with Julian Assange?

Simple truth/fact: He revealed just a fraction of their: Corruption, Crime, Coercion, Cover-ups and Clandestine activities... Needles to say, they would prefer those activities to be kept secret.

It is embarrassing for them, so natural they (governments) will invent charges and stories against Assange in an attempt to deflect attention away from their devious and secretive activities..

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I understand that Assange, alienated friends,supporters, even media sympathetic to WikiLeaks.

Of all the bastions and defenders of press freedoms and champions of disclosing/publishing government malfeasance, Julian Assange vanity will be the nemesis to blame for his own downfall.

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The comments of U.S. supporters here are hymn to hypocrisy.

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Why this, now? Let's see, 18 open investigations, the Mueller Report and Trump's 1040s about to be subpoenaed, DHS in crisis as more refugees enter the US, threats to close the border walked back, another ruling preventing detention of asylum seekers, both candidates for the Fed facing rejection...

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Why this, now? Let's see, 18 open investigations, the Mueller Report and Trump's 1040s about to be subpoenaed, DHS in crisis as more refugees enter the US, threats to close the border walked back, another ruling preventing detention of asylum seekers, both candidates for the Fed facing rejection...

Don't forget he is also sending more troops to the wall. Soon there will be some more rallies. Will we get another summit?

The "broken record" that some call the president is playing all the old hits to distract from some bad news coming like his tax returns.

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The UK is not a supporter of the Trump Administration. Assange is not stupid. No doubt he has material on most Administration around the world for insurance for this moment. He will be lock up in a country estate in the English country side for the rest of his life. The USA will never get him back on their home ground to punish him for doing the correct thing by exposing the USA for what they truly are. And mister Moderator there no off topic or insult involve with me comment but I am sure that your bias will soon delete my comment.

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Theres a good report about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE7OfU71Sbk

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Trump is getting really senile.

IS? Lol! I thought it was past tense with him!

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Gandalf is that you?

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Assange is not a rapist. Who says? The actual woman who Assange is falsely accused of raping.

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The Kremlin said it hoped Assange's rights would not be violated.

This is just like an arsonist telling other people not to burn down houses.

I would have had more respect for Assange had he decide to face accusations in Sweden and USA rather than trying to seek protection from Russia. Russia is no angel and is doing what the US is doing and even worst.

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You know why he did that. He can use that at his trial that he was taken against his will, it’s a good argument for his defense. 

?? When people are arrested, it's almost always against their will. No-one wants to be arrested. Resisting arrest isn't a good argument in his defense, because resisting arrest is a crime.

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The USA will never get Assange back to face false charges. Because the real damaging incriminating material he has on the USA has not yet been release. So those wanting pay up for releasing USA underhanded activities since the start of the digital files age. Will be waiting a very long time and while you are waiting Assange will be living the life of a country gentleman on one of Queens estates, hunting, fishing and long hikes over the meadows.

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The most serious allegation, of rape in Sweden, is being neglected by all this extradition and UK bail arrest nonsense. He should be tried for rape in Sweden before anything else.

Not much on this news story about the alleged rape. What's the more serious crime? Helping to publish classified (but true) information, or rape?

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Some say if he is ever extradited to the U.S. Trump will pardon him.

I know one thing for sure, if Hillary Clinton was president there would be no pardons for him.

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Not much on this news story about the alleged rape. What's the more serious crime? Helping to publish classified (but true) information, or rape?

Cause the rape charges were dropped. By Sweden. So they can't charge him for it. I think they can try to charge him for molestation, if they even want to bother getting mixed up in this mess.

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Even an Australian like Assange will not relish being hauled before the notorious kangaroo court of East Virginia where nobody, even if innocent, escapes from that black hole of show trials where "justice" (cough) is done. Yes, judges are biased! The sentencing judge in the UK already characterized Assange as "a narcissist", as if anyone in the public eye were not. Narcissism may not be a crime, but Assange can expect no mercy from a man who wears his prejudices on the sleeves of his robe.

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I thought America was full. Now they have room?

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This is relevant and interesting -

Tucker: People are mad at Assange instead of Obama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE7OfU71Sbk

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Why does Comey get the honor of being nick named "leakin" Comey but not Assange by Mr. Trump? I'm confused, does Trump not understand the definition of leaking? Or does he believe leaking can only happen when it pertains to damaging information about himself.

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I think it is great for people to have a cause to try to make the world better, but I personally would take advantage of my first amendment rights and try to convince others rather than break the law and go to jail for 10+ years. At the end of the day, he chose this way, and will suffer for it.

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"The Kremlin said it hoped Assange's rights would not be violated."

This is just like an arsonist telling other people not to burn down houses.

Perhaps so, but that quote from this article is a good example of how the media subtly persuades and brainwashes. It associated a call for his rights to be protected (which many people around the world are concerned about) with Russian interests. A subtle suggestion that human rights are something only a Russian stooge would be concerned about.

They repeat these kinds of subliminal references on a daily basis, and they eventually are absorbed by uncritical American readers who devour news like they devour cheeseburgers - going down so fast they don't know what they have just consumed.

You can see it in the comments here, claims of rape and Russian collaboration... the former long since dropped and called false, the latter never supported by any real evidence. All they need to do is plant the seed and the "fact" takes on a life of its own.

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The reach of the US is far and extensive.

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I know one thing for sure, if Hillary Clinton was president there would be no pardons for him.

Feel better now that you've gotten in a Hillary reference?

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Why does Comey get the honor of being nick named "leakin" Comey but not Assange by Mr. Trump? I'm confused, does Trump not understand the definition of leaking? 

Leaking is when someone who has agreed to keep a secret lets it out. Assange was under no obligation of secrecy - contrarily he did what most journalists would do when they get a good story. He published it. The same way a US journalist would publish damning Russian secrets if offered the chance. The US journalist wouldn't be called a leaker, but would be hailed as a brave investigative journalist.

So far as the Ecuadorian ambassador, diplomats are generally paid to lie when necessary. Anything he says would be for a reason. I agree that Assange's stay with Ecuador was never very solid. It's a small and corrupt country - not much of an ally when you are facing off with the most powerful country in the world. Really, the only 2 countries in the world with the brass to stand up to the US are Russian and China, so it would be perfectly understandable if he did a Snowden and got Moscow to back him up. I wouldn't trust Russia either, but they would probably be the least likely to sell him out and the best at standing up to US pressure.

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Which countries did Assange and WikiLeaks release leaks, and which countries did he not?

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Leaking is when someone who has agreed to keep a secret lets it out. Assange was under no obligation of secrecy - contrarily he did what most journalists would do when they get a good story. He published it. The same way a US journalist would publish damning Russian secrets if offered the chance. The US journalist wouldn't be called a leaker, but would be hailed as a brave investigative journalist.

Would Trump call him a brave investigative journalist if the information he stole was his tax returns? Or would he nick name him "stealin" Assange?

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Which countries did Assange and WikiLeaks release leaks, and which countries did he not?

As Commanteer just said, he didn't leak anything. Strange how the site is called wiki LEAKS though. I'm also not sure how hacking into a database which you don't have authorization to access and distributing the contents isn't "journalism" but hey, to each their own.

BTW, I still don't really agree with the treatment he's receiving, and think he needs to be handled a little more sensitively.

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Excuse me, long day...

I'm also not sure how hacking into a database which you don't have authorization to access and distributing the contents is considered "journalism" but hey, to each their own.

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A subtle suggestion that human rights are something only a Russian stooge would be concerned about.

Only if you are weak minded or trying to find this message is it the message the media is pushing. Back in reality . . .

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I'm also not sure how hacking into a database which you don't have authorization to access and distributing the contents isn't "journalism" but hey, to each their own.

I haven't read the charges, but I understand he is not charged with hacking. He is charged with encouraging Chelsea Manning, which the US has decided to call "conspiracy." Any journalist would encourage a source like this. What Trump calls him is neither here nor there. I wish people would understand the ramifications of this go way beyond Trump, who is just a blip on the radar.

Only if you are weak minded or trying to find this message is it the message the media is pushing. Back in reality . . .

Uh....ok.

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I haven't read the charges, but I understand he is not charged with hacking. He is charged with encouraging Chelsea Manning, which the US has decided to call "conspiracy." Any journalist would encourage a source like this. 

Yea I'm not entirely clear on it either, as he wasn't charged with espionage either, but through a quick glance over the indictment, it would seem that he was involved in the conspiracy, the hosting of wikileaks to spread confidential information, etc. I'm no lawyer but I assume being a conspirator to a crime is enough to get thrown into the clink...

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SuperLibToday  07:53 am JST

There was no privacy for him

I guess he didn't like the transparency

I guess you’re fine with a few US military guys having fun killing civilians? So this, or the Hillary e-mails becoming public knowledge, makes it ok to spy on anyone. Got it!

Interesting stance, since you consider yourself a “liberal”, it seems more inline with a far right wing conservative or worse.

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t would seem that he was involved in the conspiracy, the hosting of wikileaks to spread confidential information, etc. I'm no lawyer but I assume being a conspirator to a crime is enough to get thrown into the clink...

That's where the problem lies. If it is enough to get thrown in the clink, then any journalist who reports on things politicians want covered up can also be thrown in the clink. The Watergate guys, Woodward and Bernstein, would have spent years in prison.

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I think he is charged with despoiling an embassy.

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Lots of snark here. The real issue, and it is what AOC said, is the threat to journalism.

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Julian Assange is under arrest while Hillary Clinton walks free. Incredible...

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In Washington, the U.S. Justice Department said Assange was charged with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks ...

Assange has only one way out but Willy won’t like it. Julia’s not a bad name actually.

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Julian Assange is under arrest while Hillary Clinton walks free. Incredible...

Right? It's an accurate equivalency. Absolutely the same thing!

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That's where the problem lies. If it is enough to get thrown in the clink, then any journalist who reports on things politicians want covered up can also be thrown in the clink. The Watergate guys, Woodward and Bernstein, would have spent years in prison.

Nope. Woodward and Bernstein weren't trying to steal info.

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I remember when conservatives wanted this man dead for exposing the nasty garbage going on with our military, even CNN’s Wolf Biltzer was foaming at the mouh. Then...To upend the US some more he works with Trump to get him elected. Trump and conservatives NOW love him. Quite the contrast, but now when he needs help they are no where to be found. Such is what you should expect when you help evil

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Nope. Woodward and Bernstein weren't trying to steal info.

Of course they did. Investigative journalists uncover secret info. The persons who made it secret call it theft nowadays. Some people actually believe that.

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I remember when conservatives wanted this man dead for exposing the nasty garbage going on with our military

Did you forget about the neolibs wanting him dead too?

Then...To upend the US some more he works with Trump to get him elected. 

He didn't work with Trump, all he did was release info on corrupt politicians. Really corrupt ones.

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Wikileaks isn’t always true:

in July 2016, WikiLeaks released emails from the Democratic National Committee that suggested the party machinery was tilted against Sanders. The DNC computers were later revealed to have been hacked by Russia. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/inside-the-russian-effort-to-target-sanders-supporters--and-help-elect-trump/2019/04/11/741d7308-5576-11e9-8ef3-fbd41a2ce4d5_story.html

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Wikileaks needs to hack the Mueller report.

I bet Trump would let Assange go if that happened.

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Wikileaks needs to hack the Mueller report.

I bet Trump would let Assange go if that happened.

Ouch! You just revealed the ace up his sleeve!

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Assange is primarily driven by his own ego, any good or harm he does is ancillary to that.

As with all hypocrites when it is applied to him he doesn’t like it, ergo his whinging about lack of privacy.

It is very revealing that neither he nor wickileaks dare attempt to reveal anything about anyone capable of being seriously nasty like Russia or China. Probably know they will end up consuming Polonium or having some interesting nerve agent applied to their front door, or just simply be kidnapped to China, tried and either executed or spend their short and painful lives in the enlightened re-education system. Hardly journalistic courage.

The fact that the Swedish authorities have dropped the case does not mean he is lnocent of the charges, is telling his victim is seeking a degree of justice and to get the case reopened.

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By the way, love all the conspiracy theories being aired in the comments above! Better than a Dan Brown novel!

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It is very revealing that neither he nor wickileaks [sic] dare attempt to reveal anything about anyone capable of being seriously nasty like Russia or China.

https://wikileaks.org/spyfiles/russia/releases/

https://wikileaks.org/wiki/Category:China

Oh, snap!

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By the way, love all the conspiracy theories being aired in the comments above! Better than a Dan Brown novel!

By the way, the comment above were yours. ;)

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there are videos and quotes from him praising this scum?

I hope liberals remember that. There are videos and and quotes, keep that in mind whatever you say or do.

This guy leadked info that got people killed - he has blood on his hands. And he conspired with Russia and Trump buddy Roger Stone to leak Democratic e-mails because he wanted Trump to win - not becuase he likes Trump - because he hates America and knew that would happen if Donnie got elected.

There is absolutely No evidence that Assange conspired with the Russians, I’ll say this, Hillary had an open server and unsecured to boot, anyone on this planet could have easily accessed her info. I’m not a big fan of Assange, but I’m glad that he did bring to light the corrupt insight of Washington and the last 10 years and how the Democrats did whatever they could to undo a duly elected President and take him out and had it not been for him, we would have never known how corrupt the establishment is.

Extradite him to the US, put him on trial, and have him explain how he got the Democratic e-mails and who and how he colluded with the Trump campaign and Russia

And he should give us info as to how Podesta fits in all of this with emails and Wikileaks files on his drives.

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Assange is part of the HISTORY by revealing morally unacceptable financial behaviour.

He has spent already 7 year in visual jail in the Ecuador embassy.

I do not like this word, but he is a martyr of the denunciation of the world financial greediness and unfairness.

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Of course they did. Investigative journalists uncover secret info.

Uncovering and stealing are different words because they have different meanings.

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YubaruApr. 12 06:48 am JSTBut in Washington, President Donald Trump, who in 2016 said "I love WikiLeaks" after the website released emails that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia to harm his election opponent Hillary Clinton, told reporters he had no opinion on the charges against Assange.

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing," Trump said.

Just another outward sign of the oncoming of dementia. It's a serious thing for many elderly seniors, and when one is the President of the United States, he should be under medical care! It's not like he can't afford it!

He ain't suffering from dementia, it's his criminal activity list. He just doesn't want to get in trouble. He's just being what is - an egotistical moronic JERK!

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Now that Assange is in US custody, how much you wanna bet he won't get to chirp about what he knows about the 2018 'election' and Russia's part in it?

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This article perfectly sums it up:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/after-7-years-of-deceptions-about-assange-the-us-readies-for-its-first-media-rendition/

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Now that Assange is in US custody,

Do you actually read the news?

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"Seeing Assange dragged out of the embassy was hilarious."

You know why he did that. He can use that at his trial that he was taken against his will, it’s a good argument for his defense. That’s why he purposely did that as emotionally as he could for good measure. Assange is not a fool by any stretch of the imagination.

Bass - I'm not sure that being arrested by force is any useful defence in the UK. He's been on the run for 7 years. After the charge of skipping bail they can now also add resisting arrest to his charge sheet.

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Just another outward sign of the oncoming of dementia. It's a serious thing for many elderly seniors, and when one is the President of the United States, he should be under medical care! It's not like he can't afford it!

More like he's a pathological liar.

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In the UK and the US how many people in positions of power, yet complicit in the deaths of thousands still have their freedom?

Assange’s detention seems slightly hypocritical.

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Truth is truth. WHY PUNISH SOMEONE FOR REVEALING IT?

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