Russia Slams Assange Arrest As 'Revenge of the U.S'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Russia Slams Assange Arrest As 'Revenge of the U.S'

Judge Andrew Napolitano said WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, will be protected by the first amendment if he is brought to the U.S.

What will happen next for Assange is still uncertain, as he begins to fight extradition to the United States.

The United Nations called for Assange's right to a fair trial to be respected during any extradition process.

Under Assange's leadership, WikiLeaks disseminated a huge trove of classified material related to the USA wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as hundreds of thousands of State Department cables.

After 2,487 days in the embassy, the 47-year-old was arrested after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and invited police officers inside their Knightsbridge premises, where he has stayed since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations which Assange has always denied. Assange first fled to the safety of the Ecuadoran Embassy not to escape the reach of the USA, but because of law enforcement moves by Sweden, where Assange had been accused of sexual offenses during a visit to the country two years before. But the line there is a little too close for comfort for me, and many others.

The Assange prosecution "would be unprecedented and unconstitutional and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations", the ACLU's Ben Wizner tells Sullivan.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee whistleblower who stole and later released highly classified material concerning the National Security Agency in 2013, and is now living in exile in Russian Federation to escape US authorities, released a series of Tweets sympathetic to Assange.

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11 in London. She argued that "journalism organizations should have their say".

That distinction could be vital in the US Government's case and complicate Assange's efforts to cast the prosecution as infringing on press freedom. "That's not a useful way to talk about what distinguishes the Assange case".

Swedish prosecutors dropped a rape investigation into Assange in 2017 because they were unable to formally notify him of the allegations - a necessary step in proceeding with the case - while he remained in the Ecuadorian embassy.

The details were revealed during remarks by Valencia to the press on Thursday.

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

With that established, within the first 24 hours of Assange's arrest different hackers from all around the world appear to have teamed up together to launch a massive and coordinated series of cyber attacks against the Ecuadorian Government and its infrastructure.

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