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WATCH: Hillary Clinton Pulls No Punches In Impassioned Public Statement

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Earlier this month, Julian Assange was arrested in london, after having camped out in the Ecuadorian Embassy for around seven years. Having skipped bail and facing multiple sexual assault cases in Sweden, Assange felt he had no choice but to hide from justice. He is best known, of course, for teaming up with former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into the defense department network in March 2010, in order to obtain classified documents. He is now, at long last, facing extradition to the United States.

As has become the case in American politics in recent years, those people who offer a sensible voice on current affairs and can truly express the mood of the nation on the most sensitive and pressing issues are not to be found anywhere near the White House. People such as Hillary Clinton (who many would argue, of course, should actually be the sitting President of the United States and leader of the free world right now) are the most sensible and mature political voices America has to offer. And the issue of Assange is no different, as Clinton has now demonstrated:

Hillary Clinton said the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published hacked emails from her 2016 presidential campaign, must “answer for what he has done” in the wake of his dramatic arrest on Thursday. Her comments came after Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and taken into custody by London’s Metropolitan police and charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network. “I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it’s not about punishing journalism,” Clinton said at an event in New York.

Clinton said the issue was not one of press freedom, but “about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government”. “Look, I’ll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK,” Clinton said. “The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it’s been charged. I do think it’s a little ironic that [Assange] may be the only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the United States.”

This is a highly statesmanlike response to this developing story, and President Donald Trump and all his right wing pals could learn a huge amount from Clinton.


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