Washington Times opinion editor Charles Hurt discussed whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be considered a journalist, as some of his supporters claim.

Hurt said Assange, who was booted from London's Ecuadorian embassy and arrested, is not the subject of a "gray area" in that regard.

"The notion that the First Amendment protects breaking in, or helping to break into, government computers to steal secrets that can be spread around and used to hurt soldiers... is the most disgusting thing that I can imagine," Hurt said.

Assange was charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for his work aiding Chelsea Manning in cracking a password that helped her gain access to classified U.S. government files in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Hurt added that President Trump's previous comments about WikiLeaks were "a perfect encapsulation of his rollicking campaign."


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Trump made mention of the organization several times in 2016, including one instance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he told the crowd "I love WikiLeaks."

"It's probably not as popular right now to remember WikiLeaks," Hurt said.

Thursday, Trump said he "know[s] nothing" about WikiLeaks.

"It’s not my thing. I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange. I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange and that will be a determination, I would imagine, mostly by the attorney general, who’s doing an excellent job. So, he’ll be making a determination . I know nothing really about him," Trump said in remarks captured by the AP Thursday.

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