During a Dallas town hall on Thursday, Beto O’Rourke commented exclusively to Citizen Source on the potential extradition of Julian Assange.
Citizen Source reporter Secret Stacy asked O’Rourke about Assange and whether or not he deserves protection under the first amendment.
While O’Rourke stopped short of commenting on the current case, he said:
“I want to make sure that we don’t do anything that chills the ability to hold people in positions of public trust accountable, to make sure that the public and the press have the facts to make informed decisions. So, i’ll just say those are my values, without commenting on a specific case. but I’m concerned about how this administration has approached Julian Assange.”
Julain Assange — the infamous co-founder of WikiLeaks — is in being held in ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’ after the Ecuadorian Embassy revoked his long-standing asylum claim. Many expect that Assange will be extradited to the United States to stand trial for his purported role in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Talks of his likely extradition also come amid a flurry of concerns that it could have potentially negative consequences for journalists who publish classified information, and the free press as a whole. It is still hotly debated whether or not Assange should be classified as a journalist, a publisher, a hostile non-state actor, or even a “cyber-terrorist.”
O’Rourke is one of the only 2020 candidates to speak out publicly on the issue of Julian Assange. ❖
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Jake Mercier is a filmmaker, writer, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of CitizenSource, writing with a focus on U.S. politics, foreign intervention, national security, and privacy issues. He is from Dallas, Texas, but currently resides in Washington, D.C.