Tucker Carlson posted a cryptic message earlier today, indicating a visit with Julian Assange at the Belmarsh high-security prison for what could be his next blockbuster interview. The tweet simply read: “Visiting Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison this morning.”
Assange, who has been confined in the UK prison since 2019 awaiting the outcome of an extradition hearing to the United States on charges of violating the Espionage Act, has been the center of significant media attention over the years.
He is primarily known as the founder of WikiLeaks, a platform that has released a significant amount of classified and confidential information from governments and corporations around the world.
Attached to Carlson’s tweet, which has already racked up over 80,000 likes, is an image of himself walking through a parking lot with Stella Assange, Julian’s wife.
Visiting Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison this morning pic.twitter.com/5XR51QTZgy
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 2, 2023
Stella, a vocal advocate for her husband’s release, also posted on social media about the visit, sharing a post of herself and Carlson en route to the prison.
— Stella Assange #FreeAssangeNOW (@Stella_Assange) November 2, 2023
It wouldn’t be the first time Carlson has delved deep into controversial topics or secured exclusive interviews with high-profile figures. If Carlson does indeed have an interview in the works, it could prove to be a major media event.
The WikiLeaks founder faced another setback in June in his fight against extradition to the U.S. when a British High Court judge rejected his most recent appeal, stating it would only reiterate previously dismissed arguments, according to the Associated Press.
In 2021, a British district judge ruled against his extradition due to concerns about U.S. prison conditions. However, the decision was overturned in 2022 after U.S. authorities provided guarantees about Assange’s treatment.
Assange’s wife, Stella, mentioned that a new appeal attempt will be made soon. Supporters of Assange believe he should be protected under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech, especially as a journalist.
In 2006, Assange founded WikiLeaks, a platform dedicated to the release of classified and restricted information, while ensuring the anonymity of its sources. Its philosophy is rooted in the belief that transparency can lead to reduced corruption and better governance.
WikiLeaks garnered international attention for several major information releases, including:
- The “Collateral Murder” video in 2010, which showed a US Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters journalists.
- US diplomatic cables in 2010, revealing diplomatic communications and causing significant controversy.
- Guantanamo files, detailing prisoners held in the US military detention facility.
- Materials related to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016, which were controversial in the context of the US Presidential election.
Sexual assault allegations were raised against Assange in Sweden in 2010. He denied the allegations, expressing his concern that if he were to be extradited to Sweden, he might subsequently be extradited to the US due to his WikiLeaks activities. To avoid extradition, Assange sought and was granted asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London in 2012. He remained there until April 2019.
In April 2019, Assange’s asylum was withdrawn, and he was arrested by British police. He was subsequently sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail conditions related to the Swedish allegations, which were eventually dropped. However, Assange continued to fight against extradition to the US, where he faces charges under the Espionage Act due to his role in the publication of classified materials.