After playing a major role in exposing corruption from failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, the United States government may have just cleared the way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave London.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 2, 2018
The WikiLeaks tweet linked to another tweet from State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Tuesday, where she said the Trump administration strongly believed everyone was entitled to free speech.
While both CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have argued that Assange should be arrested, it’s unclear what national security laws the WikiLeaks founder broke despite the fact that he has published stolen U.S. national security documents and records.
Nauert, in part, said:
We support a freedom of the press here in the United States. We support the right of voices to be heard. And when a nation clamps down on social media or websites or Google or news sites, we ask the question, “What are you afraid of?” What are you afraid of? We support the Iranian people and we support their voices being heard.
.@statedeptspox: We support a freedom of the press. When a nation clamps down on social media, we ask the question — what are you afraid of? We support the people of #Iran, and we support their voices being heard. pic.twitter.com/4dG4FlWTMJ
— Department of State (@StateDept) January 2, 2018
Trump also agrees with Nauert, as a motion was filed on Dec. 29, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where the president’s personal lawyer argued that Assange had the right to exercise free speech under the First Amendment.
With the U.S. paving the way for Assange to perhaps finally enjoy basic freedoms, we are reminded of important his efforts were last year expose Clinton’s campaign of corruption and colluding with the liberal media to win the election.
Assange played a major role in showing the American people how Clinton operated behind the scenes, and the Trump administration believes he had the constitutional right to do so.