Breitbart, Aprill 11 2019
Reactions to the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange poured in on social media, with pro-Assange Trump supporters and press freedom advocates expressing dismay, while neoconservative NeverTrumpers and Hillary Clinton supporters celebrated.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, currently under siege for her persistent failure to deliver Brexit, praised the arrest of Assange in Parliament today. “In the United Kingdom, nobody is above the law” said May.
Reactions from American commentators also flooded in. Former Hillary Clinton adviser and president of the Center for American Progress accused Assange of “fascist behavior” and “undermin[ing] democracy.”
“It’s a great day!” said Claude Taylor, a former Clinton staffer who now runs an anti-Trump PAC.
Pam Keith, a former Democrat congressional candidate in Florida, called Assange a “knowing conspirator with Russia to attack an election.”
Amanda Marcotte, writer for the far-left progressive website Salon said she would enjoy a “dark cackle” at the WikiLeaks publisher being prosecuted.
Never-Trump talking head Rick Wilson called Assange a “b**ch,” telling WikiLeaks to “cry more.”
The former President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, who originally granted Assange asylum in his country’s embassy in London in 2012, came out strongly against his successor’s decision to hand the WikiLeaks publisher over to U.K. police.
Correa called his successor, current President Lenin Moreno, the “greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history.”
Many Trump supporters expressed similar dismay with the arrest of Assange, calling the publisher a “hero” for WikiLeaks’ efforts to expose wrongdoing by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. “A sad day for whistleblowers everywhere,” said the highest-voted commenter on The_Donald, the center of Trump supporters on Reddit.
Populist commentator star Paul Joseph Watson, who has previously appeared on Breitbart News Daily to discuss YouTube censorship, urged Trump to pardon the WikiLeaks publisher.
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