House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday called WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a “sycophant for Russia,” just as President-elect Donald Trump was on Twitter promoting Assange’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Ryan said he would not “comment on every little tweet or Facebook post” from Trump. But he said he was hopeful the president-elect would “get up to speed on what’s been happening” regarding Russian hacking of political operatives and organizations when he receives an intelligence briefing on the subject later this week.
Asked by Hewitt whether he had any thoughts on Assange, Ryan said he had “none, other than I think the guy is a sycophant for Russia.”
“He leaks, he steals data and compromises national security,” Ryan said, later adding, after Hewitt pointed out that Assange was facing accusations of rape in Sweden, that he thought the WikiLeaks founder was “under house arrest.”
Assange has been at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than four years after being granted asylum.
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