On Sunday night, John Oliver dedicated much of the opening of his premiere of the episode Game of Thrones the last season of the expulsion and arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Yes, the hosted last week has Assange's expulsion from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has spent the past six years, and has fought the subsequent arrest by British authorities. Editor "the most controversial Australian export since Vegemite".
After delivering a report on Assange's Cable TV from the Embassy, many of which focused on Assange's bearded, messy exterior, he noted, "This is strange tone for a story that is so important. Yes, his arrest triggers a difficult debate on the effectiveness of journalistic protection measures in the age of cyber espionage, but look how bad he looks! "
" But look, "continued Oliver," that's a big deal. "
Oliver then addressed some of the reasons that Ecuadorian officials had stated for launching Assange from their embassy, including damage caused by skateboarding through the halls, stealing Wi-Fi, hosting football matches, and poor hygiene ̵
"It's easy not to like Julian Assange," Oliver offered. "He first fled to the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for rape. He denied this. In addition to the valuable information that WikiLeaks has helped, they have also ruthlessly leaked the sensitive personal information of hundreds of ordinary people, potentially endangering lives. And that's not even the fact that the release of hacked emails from WikiLeaks in 2016 helped elect Trump's president.
He added, "You are allowed not to like him, but America's current delivery attempts. He is attached to a specific charge that many press representatives find disturbing.
The US Department of Justice is attempting to deliver Assange for conspiracy for allegedly helping Chelsea Manning crack a password in order to gain access to the Pentagon's computer network. "The indictment relates to Assange's alleged role in one of the biggest compromises on classified information in US history," the DOJ said in a press release.
This worries Oliver. "At first glance, it seems to be more than a little threadbare – and causes the Committee to Protect Journalists to call it" problematic for press freedom "because the language of the indictment criminalizes a wide range of legally protected and general journalistic activities HBO Hosts Explained.
"And while it is too early at this time, and we do not know what else Assange could be charged with – or even if the UK could extradite him at all – this story is one Troubling series of reasons. "He argued," One, because the journalistic freedoms can be threatened, and two, unfortunately, to protect them, we have to pronounce the one sentence in English-speaking scary as "Halloween Brexit" and that is: "It does I'm really sorry, everyone, but it might be time. "defend Julian Assange ; "