Tucker Carlson on Friday released a trailer for his upcoming interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been imprisoned in London’s Belmarsh Prison since 2019.
“Julian Assange is one of the greatest journalists of our age. He spent his entire adult life bringing previously concealed facts to the public about what our leaders are doing. That is the very definition of journalism,” Carlson began. “Yet Julian Assange is not a hero in America’s newsrooms. He’s an enemy. Assange made the mistake of offending the media’s real constituency, which is not the public, but the powerful. For doing this, journalists accuse Assange of being what they are, a political operative posing as a reporter.”
Carlson then provided a brief overview of the circumstances and Assange’s activities, which created massive stress for the United States government. During the Iraq war, WikiLeaks exposed improper conduct on the part of the U.S. government, including human rights abuses.
The watchdog group was later instrumental in releasing emails from former Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta, which revealed that the Democratic National Committee rigged the primary in favor of Hilary Clinton.
“Assange is currently being held behind bars by the British government, which has not charged him with any crime. Assange now sits in the most fortified penitentiary in the UK, Belmarsh, where every murderer in London is held. He’s been there for more than four years, trapped in solitary confinement, cut off from his wife and two children, wasting away alone among killers and mental patients, and awaiting extradition to the United States for trial,” Carlson went on to say.
“Assange has been charged in the U.S. under the century-old Espionage Act, a transparently unconstitutional law which is used almost exclusively to punish political crimes. Yet Julian Assange has never committed espionage. Nor does the U.S. government have any real interest in trying him under that law. His current incarceration is the whole point.”