Edward Snowden warns Assange’s arrest marks ‘a dark day for press freedom’ and says images of the Wikileaks founder being carried away will ‘end up in history books’

Thursday, April 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London on Thursday
Ecuador suddenly withdrew his political asylum after seven years sheltering him
Snowden is currently in political exile in Russia for leaking classified information

11 April 2019

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned the arrest of Julian Assange is a ‘dark moment for press freedom’.

WikiLeaks founder Assange, 47, was arrested by police in London this morning after Ecuador dramatically withdrew his political asylum seven years after he first entered the embassy.

Soon after his arrest, Snowden tweeted: ‘Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of-like it or not-award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books.

‘Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.’

Snowden is currently living in exile Russia having fled the US after leaking a huge cache of declassified documents back in 2013.

The Former CIA agent has been a longstanding supporter of Assange’s cause having allegedly been helped by the WikiLeaks founder in handing over the secret documents to journalists.

Assange, who has overseen the publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks, is currently in custody and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court ‘as soon as possible’.

He was filmed being dragged kicking and screaming from the embassy building in Knightsbridge sporting a scruffy beard and unkempt hair.

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