On Sunday night John Oliver dedicated a large part of the opening of hisgame of Thrones Last season's episode on the expulsion and arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Yes, that Last week tonight The host turned to Assange's expulsion from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he spent the past six years and was subsequently arrested by British authorities. The hacking publisher was jokingly referred to as "the most controversial Australian export since Vegemite".
After delivering a report on Assange's reporting from the embassy, which focused mainly on Assange's bearded, messy exterior, he remarked, "This is a strange sound to record a story that is so important. Yes, his arrest triggers a difficult debate on the effectiveness of journalistic protection measures in the age of cyber espionage, but look how bad he looks! "
"But look," Oliver continued, "that's one large Deal."
Oliver then commented on some of the reasons Ecuadorian officials gave Assange for booting from their embassy. Damage also included skating through the halls through skateboards, stealing Wi-Fi, organizing football matches, and keeping poor hygiene – including (allegedly) smudging walls on walls.
"It's easy not to like Julian Assange," Oliver offered. "He first fled to the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for rape. He denied this. In addition to the valuable information that WikiLeaks has helped, they have also ruthlessly leaked the sensitive personal information of hundreds of ordinary people, potentially endangering lives. And that's not even the fact that the release of hacked emails from WikiLeaks in 2016 helped elect Trump's president. "
He added, "They are allowed Not liking him, but America's current attempts to extradite him depend on a specific charge that worries many press representatives. "
The US Department of Justice is attempting to deliver Assange for conspiracy by helping Chelsea Manning crack a password to gain access to the Pentagon's computer network. "The indictment relates to Assange's alleged role in one of the biggest compromises on classified information in US history," the DOJ said in a press release.
That worries Oliver. "At first glance, it seems to be more than a little threadbare – and causes the Committee to Protect Journalists to call it" problematic for press freedom "because the language of the indictment criminalizes a wide range of legally protected and general journalistic activities HBO host explains.
"And although it's still too early and we do not know what else Assange might be charged with – or even whether the UK could extradite him – this story is worrying for several reasons," he argued. "One, because the journalistic freedoms can be threatened. and two, unfortunately, in order to protect them, we have to pronounce the one phrase more scary in English as "Halloween Brexit" and that is, "I'm really so sorry, everyone, but it might be time." defend Julian Assange.