Friend: Assange Thought Trump Aides Were 'Clowns'

Extradition fight could last years
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2019 4:34 AM CDT
Updated Apr 12, 2019 6:22 AM CDT
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor of WikiLeaks, right, and barrister Jennifer Robinson speak to the media outside Westminster magistrates court where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was appearing in London,...   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – Julian Assange has traded Ecuador's London embassy for a British jail cell, and friend Sean Langan says the WikiLeaks co-founder is very worried about where he might end up next. Langan, a documentary filmmaker, tells ABC that on one of his many visits to the embassy, Assange expressed fears he would be beaten up if he was in a US prison. He says that in "gallows humor" that failed to lift Assange's spirits, he joked that he would probably end up in a Supermax prison where he "wouldn't see a soul." Langan says Assange was "dismissive" of President Trump and rejected suggestions he had been involved in a conspiracy with Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. He says Assange described them as a "bunch of clowns" incapable of organizing a conspiracy. In other developments:

  • Long legal fight ahead. Experts say Assange, who faces a sentence of up to 12 months for breaching bail in Britain in 2012, could spend years fighting extradition to the US, the Times of London reports. Sweden might also seek extradition on the one sex charge that hasn't expired, but the US will be first in line, experts say.

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