WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- After the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on Thursday, Hillary Clinton told a NY crowd that he has a lot to answer for.
- In addition to the arrest, Assange was also accused of conspiracy with a former Army intelligence analyst for stealing classified information from the government.
- Over the years, Assange’s published documents containing sensitive government information has always been declared by his supporters as in line with journalism, but Clinton says his arrest should not be viewed as offensive to journalism.
“He has to answer for what he has done. And I would want to wait and see what happens,” Hillary Clinton told a crowd in New York after the arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on Thursday.
Hillary is one of WikiLeaks’ high-profile targets of its documents over the years.
On the day the Justice Department released an indictment accusing Assange of conspiring with ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning of stealing private and sensitive government documents was also the same day London police arrested the WikiLeaks founder.
Clinton emphasized that the charges against Assange which includes conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, should not be taken as an offense to journalism. While Assange’s supporters would often protect his publications of classified government information and say it’s all done in the name of journalism, others like the U.S. government view him as a criminal.
“It’s not about punishing journalism,” said Clinton. Rather, it’s about aiding the hacking of the military computer to steal from the U.S. government confidential information.
Clinton also took a swipe at President Trump, saying, “I do think it’s a little ironic that (Assange) may be the only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the United States.”
In 2016, WikiLeaks published 2,000 emails from Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta exposing parts of Clinton’s presidential campaign including those of potential running mates. It was determined later by U.S. intelligence that the messages were hacked by people working for the Russian government.
Source: USA Today