Clinton Says Assange to ‘Answer for What He Has Done’

Speaking at an event at the Beacon Theater in New York, Hilary Clinton said Thursday that Julian Assange had to “answer for what he has done.”

The British police arrested Assange earlier that day at the request of U.S. authorities, after his asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London came to an end, on charges that he skipped bail in the UK in 2012, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

His organization WikiLeaks released damaging information on Clinton in 2016, which later played a substantial role in her electoral defeat. Asked to comment on Assange’s arrest, Clinton laughed and said he had to be held accountable for his actions.

“I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it’s not about punishing journalism, it is about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government, and look, I’ll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK,” the former secretary of state said.

“The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it’s been charged,” she added, before joking that he was “the only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the United States.”

The Clintons, who are currently on a speaking tour set to continue for several more weeks, also commented on other matters, including the news that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had won a fifth term in office.

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