Tucker Carlson: Julian Assange's True Crime Was Embarrassing Powerful People
Tucker Carlson examined the arrest of Julian Assange, and the corresponding media narrative surrounding the WikiLeaks founder's alleged ties to Russia.
Assange was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for aiding Chelsea Manning in the cracking of a password to a classified government computer in 2010, the Justice Department announced after Assange's arrest in London.
Assange faces a maximum of five years in prison if he’s convicted of the charge. Earlier in the day, Assange was carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy by police, ending Assange's nearly seven-year stay at the embassy.
Carlson stressed that the charges do not involve Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"Just so it's clear, whatever his sins, Assange did not steal documents from the United States government. He did not hack the DNC servers. He didn't break into John Podesta's Gmail account. There is no proof that he is working for the Russian government or ever has worked for the Russian government. Assange has never been charged with any of that and wasn't on Thursday, no matter what they tell you," said Carlson.
He questioned why there was no uproar from the left when then-President Obama commuted Manning's 35-year prison sentence.
"So if your real concern is America's national security, you have someone to be angry at -- Barack Obama. And yet strangely, nobody is."
Carlson argued that "Assange's real sin was preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming president."
Watch the full monologue above.