April 12, 2019
Trump claims he doesn’t know Wikileaks.
Other US officials are rejoicing.
Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday morning by UK police, acting on a US warrant for his arrest on charges of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.”
Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) was on CNN’s New Day show when the news broke, and he rejoiced that Assange is now “our property and we can get the facts and truth from him.”
"It will be really good to get him back on United States soil," says @Sen_JoeManchin on Julian Assange's arrest.
— New Day (@NewDay) April 11, 2019
Though current US charges against Assange are related to the 2010 publication of secret US documents, Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans in Congress were quick to drag up the “Russiagate” conspiracy theory to argue that the WikiLeaks publisher is really an agent of the Kremlin.
“I hope he will soon be held to account for his meddling in our elections on behalf of Putin and the Russian government,” tweeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York).
Whatever Julian Assange's intentions were for WikiLeaks, what he’s become is a direct participant in Russian efforts to weaken the West and undermine American security. I hope British courts will quickly transfer him to U.S. custody so he can finally get the justice he deserves.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) April 11, 2019
Intelligence Committee chair Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) agreed with Warner, as usual, saying Assange and WikiLeaks have “effectively acted as an arm of the Russian intelligence services for years.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) called Assange “a wicked tool of Vladimir Putin and the Russian intelligence services” who “deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.”
House Foreign Relations Committee chair Eliot Engel (D-New York) also brought up Russiagate, saying Assange “time after time compromised the national security of the United States and our allies by publicly releasing classified government documents and confidential materials related to our 2016 presidential election.”
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 11, 2019
We have only one candidate sticking up for Assange.
The arrest of #JulianAssange is meant to send a message to all Americans and journalists: be quiet, behave, toe the line. Or you will pay the price.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 11, 2019
Okay, also Mark Gravel, but I don’t even know who he is.
Official statement from Sen. Mike Gravel about the arrest of Julian Assange pic.twitter.com/LJix1KXBhI
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 11, 2019
I’ll tell you – that sickening old wench from the last election sure was happy.
Great job, Trump.
You finally got Hillary’s support.
Truly, something to be proud of.
You fat, traitorous piece of shit.
The entire Trump presidency is now just a roving troupe of psychopathic clowns looking for people to stab in the back.
“We already stabbed every single one of our voters in the back, and really, really badly fucked our most prominent and devoted supporters – we’re going to have to start looking outside of the US for people we can stab in the back. What about that Wikileaks guy who helped us out by releasing all those Clinton emails? Is there some way we can really fuck that guy hard? Fucking him would also really make Hillary Clinton happy, which would drive yet another knife into the backs of our voters.”