John Oliver, the latest late-night TV presenter to tackle the arrest of Julian Assange by British police from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is the first to call the founder of WikiLeaks "the most controversial Australian export since Vegemite ".
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After almost seven years at the embassy, the British police literally carried him on Thursday like a rolled up carpet.
Oliver To those who noted that CNN's first coverage was directed at Assange's "bewildered beard," "long hair," and he looked "tired" and "much older" when he first came to the embassy he "a weird tone" Accept the story that is so important. "
" His arrest leads to a difficult debate on the effectiveness of journalistic safeguards in the age of cyber espionage, but look how bad he looks! He likes a peeled potato rolled in cobwebs! He looks like the ghost of Kenneth Branagh! "Oliver scoffed.
Assange's capture, Oliver said, was a" big deal. "
As one of the reasons why Ecuador wanted him, Assange did not make life easy for his hosts. Their complaints included: his cat made a mess, Assange skateboarding in the corridors, stealing Wi-Fi, his indoor soccer games destroying the embassy's equipment and the government had to demand that he clean his bathroom.
"It's easy to like Julian Assange," Oliver agreed, reminding him that he had initially fled to Sweden for rape allegations – charges that Aside from valuable information, WikiLeaks has also facilitated the release of sensitive personal information from hundreds of ordinary people who may endanger life, "Oliver said, and who can forget the publication of hacked emails through WikiLeaks contributed to the election of Donald Trump.
"You may not let him like, "Oliver told his audience. "But America's current attempt to extradite it depends on a specific charge that many journalist advocates find disturbing."
The DOJ wants it to be extradited to the US for alleged conspiracy because it corresponds to documents from Chelsea Manning prior to the release of sensitive material.
"At first glance, it seems more than a bit too weak." said the HBO presenter. "Because the language of the indictment seems to criminalize a wide range of legally protected and general journalistic activities."
And while it is not clear what Assange might otherwise be accused of or whether the United Kingdom will extradite US efforts, it is worrying because "journalistic freedoms may be in danger," warned Oliver.
"And unfortunately, to protect her … I'm really sorry, everyone, but it might be time to defend Julian Assange." 19659016]