French Sec. of State Would Consider Asylum for Julian Assange

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange gestures as he speaks during a news conference in central London. — AP

Julian Assange, founder of secret-sharing organization WikiLeaks, was arrested by police officers outside the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on Thursday, bringing to an end nearly seven years of evading British authorities by staying in the diplomatic outpost. That's striking since Assange and WikiLeaks have surfaced, albeit obliquely and not by name, in multiple criminal cases brought by Mueller.

The 47-year-old Australian was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after the South American nation withdrew its protection of the famous hacker.

WikiLeaks had already been needling the Ecuadorian authorities in other ways.

"Whatever you think of Julian Assange, his extradition to the USA must be opposed", Jones wrote in his column Friday.

More recently, WikiLeaks got personal. It linked to an anonymously registered website hosting a vast trove of leaked emails, text messages and other documents pertaining to Moreno's private life.

The American charges that Assange faces relate to WikiLeaks' publication of documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, using files leaked by Chelsea Manning. The Attorney General's office has launched an investigation into the allegations. One was involved in organizing an event for Sweden's center-left Social Democratic Party and offered to host Assange at her apartment.

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Prosecutors say Assange and Manning tried to hide Manning's role as a source by deleting chat logs and removing usernames from sensitive records that were shared. Prosecutors made a decision to discontinue the rape investigation against Assange in 2017, with Ny saying at a news conference in Stockholm that "all possibilities to advance the investigation have now been exhausted".

British police moved in after Ecuador pulled its asylum for Assange and cancelled his citizenship, granted in 2012. On Thursday, chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren said that Sweden had not been informed ahead of time that Assange would be expelled from the embassy.

He "has been detained simply for investigation purposes", she said, adding he had taken foreign trips with former Ecuadoran foreign minister Ricardo Patino, who gave political asylum to Assange in 2012. Ecuador's interior ministry tweeted: "A person close to Wikileaks, who has been residing in Ecuador, was arrested this afternoon when he was preparing to travel to Japan".

"What Assange did here was not to steal a secret, but to reveal a secret and that act of revelation, in that case numerous acts of revelation, is absolutely protected in the first amendment pursuant to the very now-well known and highly regarded case called the Pentagon Papers Case", Judge Napolitano told FOX Business' Kennedy on Thursday.

Hyperbole, perhaps. But whatever the truth, the story of Assange's turbulent 2,488 days in the Ecuadorian embassy isn't over yet.

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