Podcast host Katie Halper: Trump opponents should be against Assange extradition

Katie Halper, co-host of the podcast “Useful Idiots,” said Thursday that opponents of former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE who claim to stand for “human rights” and “freedom” should be against efforts by the U.S. to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeUK court allows US to expand Assange extradition appeal Mexico's domestic-minded foreign policy could alienate the US Poll: Democrats more likely to view Assange as having committed espionage MORE from the United Kingdom. 

In an interview on Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Halper noted that it was former President Obama who dropped initial efforts to extradite Assange on espionage and other charges related to publishing classified American military and intelligence documents.

Halper added that under the Trump administration, that the decision to extradite Assange changed. 

Who wanted to go after Assange? Trump and Pompeo," she said. "So, you want to ask yourself why you’d be siding with Trump and Pompeo." 

In February, the Biden administration said it intended to seek Assange’s extradition after a lower British court ruled against the move, with the judge citing Assange’s deteriorating mental health that could worsen if brought to the U.S.

This week, the British high court said it would allow the U.S. to appeal the decision against extradition. 

Halper, however, said that supporters of the “rule of law and freedom of press” should be “wondering... why the United States would ever go after someone for publishing something that the New York Times published.” 

Watch part of Halper’s interview above.