Warner lauds Assange arrest, thanks Ecuador for its help

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is praising today’s arrest of Julian Assange, calling it “long overdue.” Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested in London today after Ecuador withdrew the asylum it had granted him seven years ago.

“I would like to thank President Moreno and the Ecuadoran government for taking the long-overdue step of withdrawing sanctuary for Mr. Assange so that he can finally face justice for his actions,” said Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“Julian Assange has long professed high ideals and moral superiority,” Warner said. “Unfortunately, whatever his intentions when he started WikiLeaks, what he’s really become is a direct participant in Russian efforts to undermine the West and a dedicated accomplice in efforts to undermine American security. It is my hope that the British courts will quickly transfer him to U.S. custody so he can finally get the justice he deserves.”

The arrest at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London came after a U.S. federal court unsealed an indictment charging him with a single count of conspiracy to disclose classified information that could be used to harm the United States. The U.S. has filed an extradition request with the U.K. government, seeking Assange’s return to stand trial.

Assange is accused of conspiring with Chelsea Manning and others to publish secret diplomatic and military documents.

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