Hannity invites WikiLeaks' Assange to guest host his radio show
Fox News's Sean Hannity on Wednesday offered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the chance to guest-host his radio show.
Hannity tweeted to Assange, "If you would like to fill in for me one day I am on over 550 stations and 14 plus million listeners."
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
The Fox personality was responding to Assange’s own tweet about starting a weekly radio broadcast or podcast from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been for several years.
“Several US networks suggest I start a weekly radio broadcast/podcast from within the embassy siege,” he tweeted. “A good idea? Ideas for format, title?”
Several US networks suggest I start a weekly radio broadcast/podcast from within the embassy siege. A good idea? Ideas for format, title?— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) May 30, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Assange told CNN on Wednesday that he was open to potentially filling in as host for Hannity's radio show.
“I’m looking into it,” he reportedly wrote in a Twitter message to CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “My physical circumstances mean that nothing is easy.”
Hannity has recently referenced Assange in focusing on a baseless conspiracy theory involving murdered Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich, who was shot last summer in the streets of Washington, D.C.
Right-wing news outlets have sought to link Rich's death – without evidence – to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE's 2016 presidential campaign and WikiLeaks's release of hacked Democratic emails last summer.
Fox News retracted a story last week about Rich's murder following outcry over sharing conspiracy theories about his killing. Hannity said he would continue looking into the conspiracy and said Tuesday night he would discuss his findings "sooner rather than later."
Hannity has praised the WikiLeaks founder following the group's release of Democratic documents last year. He also traveled to London last January to record an in-person interview with Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy.
Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno on Monday said that he has no plans to evict Assange from his nation’s embassy in London.
“[I] personally reject [him],” he told reporters. “But I respect the situation he is in, which calls for respect for human rights, but we also ask that he respect the situation he is in.”
Assange has remained inside Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012 to avoid British extradition to Sweden over rape charges.
Sweden recently dropped the charges, but British law enforcement said he could still be arrested if he left the embassy on other charges and could face extradition to the United States.
Updated: 5:45 p.m.