Giuliani Says Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted

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Donald Trump’s lawyer said on Monday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange should not be prosecuted and he compared WikiLeaks publications to the Pentagon Papers.

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, said Monday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange had done “nothing wrong” and should not go to jail for disseminating stolen information just as major media does.

“Let’s take the Pentagon Papers,” Giuliani told Fox News. “The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they?  It was in The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Nobody went to jail atThe New York Times and The Washington Post.”

Giuliani said there were “revelations during the Bush administration” such as Abu Ghraib.  “All of that is stolen property taken from the government, it’s against the law. But once it gets to a media publication, they can publish it,” Giuliani said, “for the purpose of informing people.”

“You can’t put Assange in a different position,” he said. “He was a guy who communicated.”

Giuliani said, “We may not like what [Assange] communicates, but he was a media facility. He was putting that information out,” he said. “Every newspaper and station grabbed it, and published it.”

The U.S. government has admitted that it has indicted Assange for publishing classified information, but it is battling in court to keep the details of the indictment secret. As a lawyer and close advisor to Trump, Giuliani could have influence on the president’s and the Justice Department’s thinking on Assange.

Giuliani also said there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks. “I  was with Donald Trump day in and day out during the last four months of the campaign,” he said. “He was as surprised as I was about the WikiLeaks disclosures.  Sometimes surprised to the extent of ‘Oh my god, did they really say that?’ We were wondering if it was true. They [the Clinton campaign] never denied it.”

Giuliani said: “The thing that really got Hillary is not so much that it was revealed, but they were true. They actually had people as bad as that and she really was cheating on the debates. She really was getting from Donna Brazile the questions before hand. She really did completely screw Bernie Sanders.” 

“Every bit of that was true,” he went on.  “Just like the Pentagon Papers put a different view on Vietnam, this put a different view on Hillary Clinton.” 

Giuliani said, “It was not right to hack. People who did it should go to jail, but no press person or person disseminating that for the purpose of informing did anything wrong.” 

Assange has been holed up as a refugee in the Ecuador embassy in London for the past six years fearing that if he were to leave British authorities would arrest him and extradite him to the U.S. for prosecution.

You can watch the entire Fox News interview with Giuliani here:

  • Johnny Prescott

    Made my day to see this. Hopefully this sentiment remains and this is one time Trump should actually listen to Giuliani.

  • I dead ass believe I accidentally walked into an alternate dimension. I’m not being sarcastic or silly here. I really believe this happened. In the dimension I came from, Giuliani should be dead by now from cancer in the balls and diseased from sucking on diseased blood. In my dimension he never did or said anything remotely correct. This can’t be real.

  • John Schoonover

    Giuliani is right about Assange, but wrong about the people who provided him the information. They are equivalent to whistleblowers and should be praised, not imprisoned.

  • Nylene13

    Assange is being made an example of to scare Journalists from printing any Actual Truth regarding our U.S. Government.

  • dan

    I agree. Manning shouldn’t have been imprisoned. Wonder if he’ll say Snowden shouldn’t be tried either

  • sejn

    He is right, but it was not a hack, it was leaked and as Assange has said, it was not leaked by a state source. Russia-gate is CIA war-mongering lies

  • Doña Susy

    I’m as incredulous as you. Did someone give Guiliani a shot of truth serum before that interview?