Apr 12, 2019

Hillary Clinton: Julian Assange "has to answer for what he has done"

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Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York on Thursday night that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange "has to answer for what he has done," quipping to the audience that she has some familiarity with his work, per CNN.

What she's saying: "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."

  • Chaser: "I do think it's a little ironic that he may be the only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the United States."

Flashback: Assange was arrested in London yesterday on a charge, which carries a maximum of five years in prison, alleging that he conspired with Chelsea Manning in 2010 to crack a password on Defense Department computers.

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Trump ousting intelligence community inspector general

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President Trump notified key lawmakers on Friday that he’s firing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, who first alerted Congress last September of an "urgent" complaint from an official involving Trump's correspondence with the Ukrainian president.

Why it matters: The move, to take effect in 30 days, comes amid a broader initiative to purge the administration of officials seen as disloyal to the president.