In what may turn into a totalitarian absurdity for the Trump Presidency, Julian Assange was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, with the blessings of the U.S. Government.
Julian Assange faces conspiracy charges in the United States, for his role in making sensitive documents available to the American public and world opinion. He faces lesser charges in the United Kingdom.
The irony of it all is that President Trump in part owes his 2016 Electoral victory to revelations made by Assange’s “Wikileaks”, of Hillary Clinton’s mass-scale security and criminal violations, during her tenure as Secretary of State in the Obama years. And now the Trump White House appears to be ready to throw this man under the bus.
Shall it be said that being Trump’s friend is more dangerous than being his enemy?
And if the President is prepared to jail Julian Assange, who is a champion of First Amendment freedoms, how unthinkable would it be for Donald Trump to pardon “Crooked Hillary”?
Mr. Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in Spain 1936-1939.