Trump “OK’s” Julian Assange Arrest In AP Interview
Donald Trump used to be Wikileaks’ biggest fan:
Trump seems to have changed his mind about Wikileaks. He recently gave an interview with AP:
AP: Jeff Sessions, your attorney general, is taking a tougher line suddenly on Julian Assange, saying that arresting him is a priority. You were supportive of what WikiLeaks was doing during the campaign with the release of the Clinton emails. Do you think that arresting Assange is a priority for the United States?
TRUMP: When Wikileaks came out … never heard of Wikileaks, never heard of it. When Wikileaks came out, all I was just saying is, “Well, look at all this information here, this is pretty good stuff.” You know, they tried to hack the Republican, the RNC, but we had good defenses. They didn’t have defenses, which is pretty bad management. But we had good defenses, they tried to hack both of them. They weren’t able to get through to Republicans. No, I found it very interesting when I read this stuff and I said, “Wow.” It was just a figure of speech. I said, “Well, look at this. It’s good reading.”
AP: But that didn’t mean that you supported what Assange is doing?
TRUMP: No, I don’t support or unsupport. It was just information. They shouldn’t have allowed it to get out. If they had the proper defensive devices on their internet, you know, equipment, they wouldn’t even allow the FBI. How about this — they get hacked, and the FBI goes to see them, and they won’t let the FBI see their server. But do you understand, nobody ever writes it. Why wouldn’t (former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John) Podesta and Hillary Clinton allow the FBI to see the server? They brought in another company that I hear is Ukrainian-based.
TRUMP: That’s what I heard. I heard it’s owned by a very rich Ukrainian, that’s what I heard. But they brought in another company to investigate the server. Why didn’t they allow the FBI in to investigate the server? I mean, there is so many things that nobody writes about. It’s incredible.
AP: Can I just ask you, though — do you believe it is a priority for the United States, or it should be a priority, to arrest Julian Assange?
TRUMP: I am not involved in that decision, but if Jeff Sessions wants to do it, it’s OK with me. I didn’t know about that decision, but if they want to do it, it’s OK with me.
Say what you will about Julian Assange. He’s not exactly Alt-Right by any stretch of the imagination. In many ways, he was the epitome of the rootless cosmopolitan, floating around from country to country, free-lancing and hacking (greyhat stuff) in his free time. He got very serious with his WikiLeaks project though and has undisputedly left his mark on history by releasing the information that he did when he did.
He’s a sort of information anarchist and while one can disagree with his views, no one can say that the man does not act on his principles. (For those interested in some of Assange’s ideas about freedom of information, Cypherpunks is a good primer.)
Julian Assange basically handed Trump the election on a silver platter with the release of the DNC hacks. You’d think the Don would be grateful. After all, Assange could have displayed typical Lefty hypocrisy and cowardice by sitting on the information. But no, he even went on King Jew’s show and called out the DNC on their corruption AND on Bill Maher’s hypocrisy:
Assange acts like a true neutral actor, unlike Edward Snowden who decided to lash out at Trump during the campaign in the hopes of getting off easy once Hillary won. It is probably because Assange actually practices what he preaches that he has never been claimed as a hero by the Left.
The Alt-Right is all about speaking hard uncompromising truth to power. In that sense, we have a lot in common with Julian Assange. We can respect someone who tells the truth, shorn of ideological bias, even at great personal cost.