The former Governor of New Mexico and a Republican candidate for President, Gary Johnson, sat down with Alyona Minkovsk, host of the Alyona show on Russia Today, and talked about WikiLeaks and much more.
When asked by Minkovski if he would crack down on WikiLeaks or prosecute Julian Assange, Johnson answered:
No, I would not. I think that they are the messenger, and that if it wasn't WikiLeaks it would be someone else. I wasn't really surprised at any of the information that has been let out. I haven't been made aware of any information that's been let out that's led to a loss of life... Government needs to be transparent! The more transparent that government is, the better off we all are. Basically, everything we see out of WikiLeaks is what we theorized was actually the truth!This is video of the interview:
Assange, who is still under house arrest at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, Britain, will continue to fight being extradited to Sweden at a two day hearing at the High Court in London on July 12 and 13.
The WikiLeaks founder has been fighting extradition to Sweden where he has not been charged with anything but is wanted for questioning by the Swedish police about accusations of rape and sexual molestation made against him by Sofia Wilen and Anna Ardin. Assange strongly denies the allegations and says he had consensual sex with the two women.
Assange and his lawyers fear that if he is extradited to Sweden he may then be extradited to the United States, where he could face torture, confinement at Guantanamo Bay, both, or even the death penalty.
Assange has angered the United States with the publishing of leaked embarrassing diplomatic cables, the classified documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the 'Collateral Murder' video.