Trump: 'What Happens To Julian Assange Is Up To AG William Barr'
The president's comment came hours after police arrested Wikileaks founder in London.
President Donald Trump responded to the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange today saying he has “been seeing what’s happened with Assange” and what happens next is up to Attorney General William Barr.
Surprisingly, Trump told reporters he knew "nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.”
Whether Trump meant he 'knew nothing' about the organization or the process of what will happen to Assange remains to be clarified.
The president comment came hours after police arrested Assange in London.
The Wikileaks founder has been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.
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.
Retweet if you think Trump should pardon Julian Assange.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 11, 2019
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
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
In February, Disgraced lawyer Michael Cohen alleged the president knew that Roger Stone coordinated with whistleblowing agency Wikileaks ahead of dumping the Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails during the 2016 election which saw Hillary Clinton lose to Trump.
"I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat. He was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of DNC emails," Cohen prepared remark to say.
Stone was arrested in January on charges of witness tampering, making false statements and obstruction, according to an announcement from the special counsel’s office.
According to Mueller’s indictment, Stone spoke to senior Trump campaign officials about Wikileaks “and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.