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Trump Just Said ‘I Know Nothing About Wikileaks, It’s Not My Thing’ Regarding Arrest of Julian Assange

Donald Trump downplayed his knowledge of WikiLeaks on Thursday after its founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in London.

“I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if he still loves the organization.

The president said he had no knowledge of Assange’s arrest or the computer-hacking charge the WikiLeaks founder is facing in the U.S. Trump said what happens next is up to Attorney General William Barr.

Trump repeatedly professed his affinity for WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, when it published emails that were stolen from Democrats by Russian hackers.

“I love WikiLeaks,” Trump said at an October 2016 rally in Pennsylvania.

“Getting off the plane, they were just announcing new WikiLeaks, and I wanted to stay there, but I didn’t want to keep you waiting,” he said two days before Election Day that year. “Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.”

Trump’s latest comments came hours after Assange was arrested in the United Kingdom. The WikiLeaks founder had been staying at Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012 before they withdrew his asylum this week.

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