After Once Calling For “Arrest” Of Julian Assange, Now That He’s Attacking Clinton, Hannity Hopes For His Release


From Media Matters:

Fox host Sean Hannity interviewed founder and editor-in-chief of Wikileaks Julian Assange to attack Hillary Clinton despite Hannity’s previous attacks on Assange for publishing sensitive military and diplomatic documents in 2010, suggesting the United States should “go after” Assange and “arrest him” for “waging [a] war against the U.S.”

According to a Nexis search, during a 2010 broadcast of Fox News’ Hannity, Hannity criticized Assange and Wikileaks for publishing sensitive documents provided to them by a U.S. Army private. The documents, according to The New York Times, “amount to a secret chronicle of the United States’ relations with the world in an age of war and terrorism.” At the time, Hannity said Assange was “waging his war against the U.S.” by publishing the documents, and asked, “why didn’t they arrest” Assange? “Why can’t Obama do something about the Wikileaks?”:

But now that Assange has admitted to publishing hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is promising more leaks that could be damaging to the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, Fox News has given Assange a platform to discuss and preview more leaks of Democratic operatives and organizations. Although American authorities say they have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the DNC hack, when Assange implied that a murdered DNC staffer was the source of the email leak and was killed in an attempt to silence him, conservative media echoed Assange’s conspiracy theory. Roger Stone, a longtime ally and adviser to Donald Trump, has also claimed that he has “communicated with Assange,” and that, according to Stone, “the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation.”