Appearing on Fox News, Rudy Giuliani argued that the publisher of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, had not done “anything wrong” and should not face criminal charges or jail time for publishing stolen information.
Assange has been indicted in the U.S. for disseminating classified information, but details of the charges are under seal. Assange faces unrelated charges in the EU for sexual assault of a minor.
Giuliani, the former New York mayor who currently serves as President Trump’s private attorney, compared Assange’s plight to the New York Times’ decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s.
“Let’s take the Pentagon Papers,” Giuliani told Fox News. “The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they? It was in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Nobody went to jail at The New York Times and The Washington Post.”
“You can’t put Assange in a different position,” he said. “He was a guy who communicated.”
Giuliani said, “We may not like what [Assange] communicates, but he was a media facility. He was putting that information out,” he said. “Every newspaper and station grabbed it, and published it.”