Assange ‘undermined’ national security, says Spicer

Mark Ross
By Mark Ross
March 9, 2017US News

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer refused to comment Thursday on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be in prison.

Responding to a question at the daily briefing, Spicer said Assange has “compromised in the past and undermined our national security,” but he said he would leave the rest up to the Department of Justice.

Spicer was also asked about President Donald Trump’s knowledge of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s dealings with the Turkish government.

Flynn, who was fired from the White House last month, has registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department for work that may have aided the Turkish government in exchange for $530,000.

Spicer said he isn’t sure how much the president knew about Flynn’s work with Turkey.

Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group Inc., previously disclosed to Congress its work for a company owned by a Turkish businessman,

but it had not filed with the Justice Department, which requires more extensive transparency. The new filings show Flynn’s firm was paid $530,000.

Trump fired Flynn last month for misleading key administration officials about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.


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