Pence defends Trump's mixed message on WikiLeaks


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WASHINGTON: US Vice-President Mike Pence on Friday defended what some say is his boss Donald Trump's puzzling place over the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Repeated previous reward for WikiLeaks from Trump was not "an endorsement," Pence advised CNN.
Republicans usually celebrated the seize of Assange, who had been taking shelter at Ecuador's London embassy for almost seven years till British police took him into custody Thursday.
However Trump's first response was dismissive, telling reporters "I do know nothing about WikiLeaks. It isn't my factor."
"I do know nothing actually about him," he stated of Assange.
This raised eyebrows as a result of throughout his 2016 presidential marketing campaign Trump repeatedly lauded and inspired the hacking and information-dumping platform, which six years earlier had brought on an enormous scandal by publishing hundreds of secret US army and diplomatic paperwork.
"I really like WikiLeaks," he stated on one event, because the platform leaked stolen emails that proved damaging to his opponent Hillary Clinton's marketing campaign — despite the fact that WikiLeaks is alleged to have been working in shut coordination with Russian intelligence.
Pence advised CNN that Trump merely backed the publicity of data in the course of the election, not the WikiLeaks group itself.
"I feel the president all the time, as you and the media do, all the time welcomes info," Pence stated.
"However that was on no account an endorsement of a corporation that we now perceive was concerned in disseminating categorized info by america of America," he stated.
Different Republicans seem much less glad with Trump's place on the drama over Assange, who faces extradition to the USA.
"You have to speak to the President about his feedback," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr stated.
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