Reaction to the revocation of asylum and subsequent arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has drawn fierce reaction at home and abroad.
Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno explained the decision to revoke Assange’s asylum as a “sovereign decision” because of ‘alleged repeated violations.’
“Today I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable,” Moreno said in a video statement posted on Twitter.
Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa slammed Moreno as the ‘Greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history’.
The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to arrest Assange.
Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget. https://t.co/XhT51MA6c6
— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) April 11, 2019
Pamela Anderson, who previously had a close relationship with Julian Assange, retweeted something from April 4 following his arrest.
veritas valebit pic.twitter.com/arw7YTjibA
— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) April 5, 2019
Her tweet from April 5 means “the truth will prevail.”
She also added: “I am in shock,” Anderson wrote in a tweet. “I couldn’t hear clearly what he said? He looks very bad. How could you [Ecuador]? (Because he exposed you).How could you UK.? Of course – you are America’s b—- and you need a diversion from your idiotic Brexit brecirt.”
Edward Snowden, who infamously leaked highly classified NSA information, tweeted Assange’s arrest was “going to end up in the history books.”
Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the UK's secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–like it or not–award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange's critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom. https://t.co/ys1AIdh2FP
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 11, 2019
He later added the U.S. charge against Assange was weak.
The weakness of the US charge against Assange is shocking. The allegation he tried (and failed?) to help crack a password during their world-famous reporting has been public for nearly a decade: it is the count Obama's DOJ refused to charge, saying it endangered journalism. https://t.co/xdTQ8xauB0
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 11, 2019
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom tweeted the “fight for his freedom kicks into high gear.”
Reactions from world politicians:
BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY JEREMY HUNT
“Julian Assange is no hero, he has hidden from the truth for years and years.
“It’s not so much Julian Assange being held hostage in the Ecuadorean embassy, it’s actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorean embassy hostage in a situation that was absolutely intolerable for them.”
BRITISH JUNIOR FOREIGN MINISTER ALAN DUNCAN
“It is our broad policy in all circumstances, so it equally applies to Julian Assange, that he will not be extradited if he is going to face the death penalty. So that will apply to him.”
AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MARISE PAYNE
“Mr Assange will continue to receive the usual consular support from the Australian Government. Consular officers will seek to visit Mr Assange at his place of detention.
“I am confident, as the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt publicly confirmed in July 2018, that Mr Assange will receive due process in the legal proceedings he faces in the United Kingdom.”
Reaction from U.S. lawmakers:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was glad to see the “wheels of justice” turning in relation to the WikiLeaks leader.
“In my book, he has NEVER been a hero. His actions – releasing classified information – put our troops at risk and jeopardized the lives of those who helped us in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Graham wrote on Twitter.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said Assange’s arrest was “good news for freedom-loving people.”
“Julian Assange has long been a wicked tool of Vladimir Putin and the Russian intelligence services,” Sasse alleged in a tweet. “He deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.”
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., commended police on the arrest.
“I commend British police for the arrest of Julian Assange after nearly 7 yrs in self-imposed exile inside the Ecuadorian Embassy. I call for the immediate extradition of Assange to the US where he’ll answer for aiding & abetting a foreign power to undermine US democracy & laws,” he tweeted.
Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an Ecuadorian-born American lawmaker, said she encouraged the nation to pursue Assange.
“Every chance I’ve had to speak with Ecuador’s government, I pushed them to stop protecting Assange, and I’m glad they’ve finally done so,” Mucarsel-Powell tweeted.
Rep. Steve Cohen, a member of the Democratic Party serving in Tennessee, questioned if President Trump would pardon Assange.
“Might Trump pardon #Assange. He loved #WikiLeaks,” claimed Cohen before citing a quote, “There is honor among thieves.”
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., also blasted Assange.
“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,” Warner said.
US president Donald Trump on Thursday refused to provide an opinion about the arrest of Julian Assange, saying “I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing.”
The leftist media portrayed the remarks to mean that Trump didn’t know anything about the organization, which is obviously false. The President obviously didn’t want to comment on Wikileaks or the process that would follow his arrest.
President Trump has said contradictory things about Wikileaks in the past with his election being the dividing line in between.
On the final page, let’s take a look at what the President has said and what he may be up to with regards to Assange and the Deep State. Is he playing 3D chess, or will it be business as usual?