Press freedom advocate: Unclear how recent US kidnapping allegations will impact Assange case

Parker Higgins, director of advocacy at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, says it’s unclear how recent reporting that the Trump administration mulled kidnapping Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeMexican president says he sought pardon for Assange from Trump British high court rules Assange can be extradited to US to face espionage charges Julian Assange given permission to marry in prison MORE will impact the U.S.’s extradition case.

Late last month, Yahoo News reported that the CIA considered kidnapping Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2017, and even contemplated killing him amid concerns that he would plan his own escape. 

Speaking on Hill TV’s “Rising,” Higgins said there are “some things” that should be considered as the U.S. seeks Assange’s extradition, but it’s “hard to say” if the report would have an impact.

“It’s hard to say, in part because I think about how it would be — the way that it could play into a U.S. court proceeding. And it's very different, obviously,” Higgins said. “But there's some things about this that we really — the court should take into advisement but won't know for sure.”

“So, it will be interesting to see how the defense presents it and what that means,” he continued.