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Julian Assange’s Arrest Draws Fierce International Reaction

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UPDATED 10:33 AM PT — Thursday, April 11, 2019
News of Julian Assange’s arrest has drawn responses from numerous people around the globe.
This includes Edward Snowden. The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, charged with leaking highly classified information, said Assange’s arrest is a “dark moment for press freedom” that will 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.
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On the other side, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked the Ecuadorian government for their cooperation with the arrest of Assange.
“No one is above the law, Julian Assange is no hero,” stated Hunt. “He has hidden from the truth for years and years, and it is right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system.”
Back in Washington, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin celebrated the arrest, and said he wants Assange extradited back to the U.S.
“It will be really good to get him back on United States soil,” said the West Virginia lawmaker. “He is our property, and we can get the facts and the truth from him.”
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson called the arrest political persecution for doing journalism.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor of WikiLeaks, center right, and barrister Jennifer Robinson speak to the media outside Westminster magistrates court where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was appearing in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly bundled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and into a waiting British police van on Thursday, setting up a potential court battle over attempts to extradite him to the U.S. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
“The U.K. government must declare that they will never, ever extradite a journalist from the United Kingdom to the United States for doing journalism,” he stated. “If this goes forward, no journalist anywhere in the world will be safe from extradition to the United States from doing his job or even to another country, so this must stop.”

Assange has been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.

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