However, following Thursday's arrest by British police for skipping bail, the US Department of Justice revealed its own charges against him and has sought his extradition, which could follow a May hearing.
"With this prosecution of Julian Assange, the United States government could set out broad legal arguments about journalists soliciting information or interacting with sources that could have chilling consequences for investigative reporting and the publication of information of public interest".
When asked on Thursday if he "still loves WikiLeaks", Trump did his best to back off the notion, saying, "I know nothing about WikiLeaks, it's not my thing".
The 47-year-old Australian activist was arrested by British police on Thursday and forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his asylum was revoked, bringing to an end more than six years in the building.
The UK's opposition Labour Party has called on the government to halt the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he has been charged with offences related to his work with whistle-blower Chelsea Manning.
Let's put aside Assange for a moment-because when laws are written or precedents set based only on whether Bad People are bad, we all lose.
Assange has always denied the Swedish accusations.
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Bring concluded that an extradition to the U.S.is "completely unthinkable" if the person is wanted for "political reasons". And we can hope that turns out to be good news. The case does not have anything to do with any alleged Assange ties to Russian Federation, or WikiLeaks' publication of the Democratic National Committee's emails, or the 2016 election at all. Julian Assange is not being pursued to protect US national security.
"We have sufficient evidence that he was collaborating in attempts to destabilize the government", she said.
Foreign Minister José Valencia and Interior Minister María Paula Romo accused Assange of riding scooters around the cramped embassy hallways, insulting staff and smearing feces on the walls. He was indicted on charges that he helped Chelsea Manning steal hundreds of thousands of classified documents from USA government computers. But the line there is a little too close for comfort for me, and many others.
The other key fact being widely misreported is that the indictment accuses Assange of trying to help Manning obtain access to document databases to which she had no valid access: i.e., hacking rather than journalism.
USA prosecutors say Assange was part of a criminal conspiracy to hack and steal information harmful to the United States.
Assange was finally questioned for two days in November 2016, after a change in tactics from Swedish authorities who had previously argued that he had to travel to Sweden to be interviewed.