Update: Sen. Sasse blasts WikiLeaks founder

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse is responding after a press conference was held by WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange on Thursday. Assange said he will help tech companies thwart hacking efforts by the C.I.A.

“It is imprudent to comment on the particulars of these leaks but this is dead certain: Julian Assange should spend the rest of his life wearing an orange jumpsuit. He’s an enemy of the American people and an ally to Vladimir Putin. Mr. Assange has dedicated his life’s work to endangering innocent lives, abetting despots, and stoking a crisis of confidence in the West,” he said in a statement.

Sasse is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Thursday, he asked Attorney General Sessions if the Department of Justice believe Assange has broken any laws.

His letter to the attorney general said:

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

When asked if the President believes Julian Assange – the creator and manager of the WikiLeaks website – should be imprisoned for his deliberate acquisition and release of sensitive and classified information, the President’s spokesman, Mr. Sean Spicer, referred the question to the Department of Justice (DOJ). As the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, I am asking you directly:

Does the Department of Justice believe Julian Assange has broken the law and is the Department aggressively pursuing his detention and prosecution?

Frankly, it is amazing that I even have to ask this question of the Administration in light of the Intelligence Community’s formal assessment that Mr. Assange’s website is a known outlet for foreign propaganda and in light of Mr. Assange’s history of recklessly endangering the lives of Americans through his illegal disclosures. Nevertheless, because Mr. Spicer referred this matter to DOJ, I am now asking you.

I look forward to your prompt response

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