His lawyers are quick to characterize the case against him as a threat to all journalists. Assange faces charges both in the United Kingdom and in the U.S. with politicians and human-rights groups expressing concern that a risky precedent has been set by his arrest.
Hillary Clinton said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published hacked emails from her 2016 presidential campaign, must "answer for what he has done" in the wake of his dramatic arrest on Thursday.
In Britain, Assange fought the extradition, claiming that the women were simply jilted lovers. At points, Assange suggested that the Swedish allegations were simply a ruse to help the United States extradite him. She argued that "journalism organizations should have their say". The other was in the audience. Assange ultimately requested more information related to the password, telling Manning that while he had tried to crack it, he "had no luck so far". A police officer who heard their accounts decided there was reason to suspect they were victims of sex crimes and handed the case to a prosecutor.
Assange took up residence in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden, where he had been accused of sexual harassment and rape.
That distinction could be vital in the US Government's case and complicate Assange's efforts to cast the prosecution as infringing on press freedom. Two years later, Ceglia was arrested on mail and wire fraud charges, but fled home detention in 2015. Authorities said it was "no longer proportionate" to maintain the European arrest warrant.
Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11 in London.
The sex assault case can be re-opened any time before the statute of limitations runs out in August 2020.
But Trump's first reaction was dismissive, telling reporters "I know nothing about WikiLeaks".
In an interview with the Dozhd television channel, Zakharova suggested the arrest "is an issue of vengeance or revenge on behalf of the US political establishment, which couldn't reconcile itself with the release of information that turned on its head the global community's very idea of how America's executive and legislative power operate". Persson said the case would be reviewed, but that no investigation has resumed and no timetable set.
What we have seen is that so much of the information that's been released has informed the American people about actions that were taking place, that they should be aware of. Under U.K. law, those subject to extradition requests will have an opportunity to appeal the decision in U.K. courts.
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