NeverTrump And Clinton Supporters Celebrate Julian Assange Arrest
Many advocates of the Wikileaks founder expressed dismay of his arrest
Immediate reactions to Julian Assange's arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London have shown the vast divide between pro-WikiLeaks/Trump advocates and NeverTrumpers and Hillary Clinton supporters.
Many advocates of the Wikileaks founder expressed dismay of his arrest, while Hillary supporters celebrated.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who failed the will of the British People following the recent Brexit delay, praised Assange's arrest in Parliament.
“In the United Kingdom, nobody is above the law,” said May.
British Foreign Minister Sajid Javid also praised Ecuadorian officials in handling the Wikileaks founder.
Meanwhile, reactions from various American commentators and Former Hillary Clinton adviser and president of the Center for American Progress accused Assange of “fascist behavior” and “undermin[ing] democracy.”
But Trump supporters expressed upset, calling the publisher a “hero” for WikiLeaks’ work in exposing wrongdoing by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
“A sad day for whistleblowers everywhere,” said the highest-voted commenter on The_Donald, the center of Trump supporters on Reddit.
Infowars's Paul Joseph Watson called on Trump to pardon the WikiLeaks publisher.
There are many cultists on this site, but the Assange cultists are the worst. Assange was the agent of a proto fascist state, Russia, to undermine democracy. That is fascist behavior. Anyone on the left should abhor what he did. Not celebrate it.— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) April 11, 2019
It’s a great day! Not quite great enough for Julian to be clutching Roger Stone’s pic. It’s Gore Vidal. https://t.co/0DGFhC1xFO— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 11, 2019
Does anyone have a photo spread of all the enablers and fellow travelers who visited Assange? Hannity, Nigel Farange, Chucky Johnson, Dana Rohrbacher? Who am I missing. https://t.co/u5AthQ6Hl4— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 11, 2019
Assange is NOT a whistleblower!! He is a publisher of whatever he likes for the reasons he likes. He was also a knowing conspirator with Russia to attack an election. F THAT six ways to Sunday!!— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) April 11, 2019
Is Assange ends up in an American prison, put there by the administration he worked so hard to install, I admit I will enjoy a dark cackle at the irony.— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) April 11, 2019
That bitch Assange can't take a collar. Should have walked out like a man, head high. https://t.co/v3J26XbnCx— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 11, 2019
It’s good that Assange will be getting his day in court but let’s be clear: Vlad Putin doesn’t give a damn about human rights.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) April 11, 2019
Dictator defends his lackey.
Story at eleven https://t.co/3UzvT1wqIw
The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to arrest Assange.— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) April 11, 2019
Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget. https://t.co/XhT51MA6c6
It’s time to find out whether Trump sides with his base or with the deep state that has been trying to subvert his presidency for the past two years.https://t.co/IxOkAEp1Aj— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 11, 2019
Assange exposed war crimes committed at the behest of neo-con warmongers.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 11, 2019
It was the war crimes that harmed America's reputation, not Wikileaks.
This is perfectly in line with the non-interventionist, America first platform Trump ran on.
Trump must pardon Julian Assange.
Important background for journalists covering the arrest of Julian #Assange by Ecuador: the United Nations formally ruled his detention to be arbitrary, a violation of human rights. They have repeatedly issued statements calling for him to walk free--including very recently. pic.twitter.com/fr12rYdWUF— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 11, 2019
"Progressive" media who spent three years demonizing WikiLeaks because they published damaging information on their beloved Hillary and DNC have created the conditions where Dems will cheer the arrest of Assange, rather than call it what it is: an extreme attack on press freedoms— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) April 11, 2019
This from @Guardian reporter @ewenmacaskill is critical. Note Obama DOJ looked but found no evidence that Assange worked with Manning, but even if he had, journalists often work with sources. Still a huge threat to press freedom, as @dankennedy_nu argued https://t.co/QeIbnUQwdk https://t.co/m2fDZASppa— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 11, 2019
“It’s time to find out whether Trump sides with his base or with the deep state that has been trying to subvert his presidency for the past two years,” said Watson.
Ecuador awarded Assange political asylum after becoming a fugitive from a British arrest warrant for breaching bail conditions in 2012.
In November 2010, Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange over allegations of sexual assault and rape.
Assange denied the allegations and said that he would be extradited from Sweden to the United States because of his role in publishing secret American documents.
Julian Assange surrendered to UK police on 7 December 2010 but was released on bail within ten days.