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

"It's possible with all his sources he might know or have information of how it all started".

"If the Swedish government wants to come forward with those charges, I believe that Assange should face the criminal justice system", said Abbott, who added that the arrest was politically motivated as WikiLeaks has published enormous tranches of sensitive military information.

During a press conference on why Ecuador finally turned Assange over to authorities, Romo also explained, "For several years now, one of the key members of the WikiLeaks organization and a person close to Assange has lived in Ecuador".

Julian Assange, founder of secret-sharing organization WikiLeaks, was arrested by police officers outside the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on Thursday, bringing to an end nearly seven years of evading British authorities by staying in the diplomatic outpost.

When Julian Assange learned of his imminent arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Thursday, he wasn't even allowed to go back to his room, because authorities feared he would hit a reported "panic button" with potentially disastrous effects, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said. And we can hope that turns out to be good news.

Some have alleged that Assange worked with the Russians to obtain stolen emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.

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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.

"We have sufficient evidence that he was collaborating in attempts to destabilize the government", she said.

Assange has always denied the Swedish accusations. Assange would not leave the embassy until this week. "The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it's been charged". Assange instead faces up to five years in jail on a federal charge of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified USA government computer", the Justice Department said. According to the indictment, Assange allegedly offered to help Manning break a password to a secure government database.

Over the weekend, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Relations ramped up the rhetoric against Assange when it put out a fiery statement rejecting "the fake news that has circulated in the last few days on social media, many of them spread by an organization linked to Mr". The two women who accused him said they had brief affairs with him while he was visiting the country, but that he later acted in a nonconsensual way - including having unwanted and unprotected sex with one of the women while she was asleep.

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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