Pence: Trump remarks about DNC hacks was 'never an endorsement' of WikiLeaks

Source: The Hill | April 12, 2019 | John Bowden

Vice President Mike Pence said that President Trump never indicated his support for WikiLeaks or its founder Julian Assange when speaking about the Democratic National Committee hacks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Pence, speaking in an interview that aired Friday on CNN, condemned Assange following his arrest in London and reports of his possible extradition to the United States for charges of computer hacking.

Speaking with CNN’s Dana Bash, the vice president asserted that Trump’s favorable comments in 2016 appearing to urge Russia to hack then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails was not a direct endorsement of the anti-secrecy organization operated by Assange, which had previously published information on U.S. military operations in the Middle East.

Bash said that when Trump was running for president, he “welcomed seeing WikiLeaks and the information that they got from Hillary Clinton” before asking if the president’s viewpoint has changed.

“I think the president always, as you in the media do, always welcomes information,” Pence told CNN. “But that was in no way an endorsement.”

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