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Hillary Clinton says Assange must 'answer for what he has done' after arrest

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton says Assange must 'answer for what he has done' after arrest Hillicon Valley: Assange faces US charges after arrest | Trump says WikiLeaks 'not my thing' | Uber officially files to go public | Bezos challenges retail rivals on wages | Kremlin tightens its control over internet Gabbard: Assange arrest is a threat to journalists MORE said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must “answer for what he has done,” while speaking at an event Thursday.

“The bottom line is that he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it has been charged,”  she said of the WikiLeaks founder, according to The Associated Press.  

“I do think it’s a little ironic that he’s the only foreigner this administration would welcome to the United States,” she quipped.

Assange was arrested earlier Thursday by authorities in London on behalf of the United States.

The Department of Justice announced Thursday that charges were filed against Assange. He is accused of conspiring to hack into computers in connection with WikiLeaks’s release of classified government cables from former Army private and intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.  

Assange in 2016 published hacked emails stolen from Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. He has defended his work, saying he acted as a journalist by leaking documents that were of public interest. 

President Trump said on the campaign trail that he loved WikiLeaks, but has tried to distance himself from the organization after Assange's arrest.

“I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” he told reporters at the White House. 


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