It is not uncommon for confidential sources in government, business, and other powerful institutions to leak information to journalists and publishers.
"Well I think the President always, as you in the media do, always welcomes information".
Under Assange's leadership, WikiLeaks disseminated a huge trove of classified material related to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as hundreds of thousands of State Department cables.
Her comments came hours after Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and taken into custody by London's Metropolitan police, and charged by the USA with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network.
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said Assange's asylum arrangement with the country was ultimately revoked because of "repeated violations to worldwide conventions and daily-life protocols" as well as his "discourteous and aggressive behaviour".
The accusation was first made against Assange in 2012 and led to charges from the Swedish government. But now the U.S. Department of Justice is suggesting that these basic news-gathering and reporting functions are criminal. And then we end up creating all sorts of new injustices to "correct" for a perceived past one. The case does not have anything to do with any alleged Assange ties to Russian Federation, or WikiLeaks' publication of the Democratic National Committee's emails, or the 2016 election at all.
"The investigation has not yet been resumed, and we do not know today whether it will be", she said.
Is the USA government going after Assange for publishing classified documents?
Foreign Minister José Valencia and Interior Minister María Paula Romo accused Assange of riding scooters around the cramped embassy hallways, insulting staff and smearing feces on the walls.
However, critics argue the charge is part of a ploy by the Trump administration to punish Assange for publishing classified information about the USA wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-provided by Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who remains jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury-and that extraditing Assange "would set a risky precedent for journalists everywhere". But the line there is a little too close for comfort for me, and many others. According to the indictment, Assange allegedly offered to help Manning break a password to a secure government database. One was involved in organizing an event for Sweden's center-left Social Democratic Party and offered to host Assange at her apartment.
Linking to a Guardian column by Owen Jones, Greenwald pointed out on Twitter Friday that people on "the actual left" in the United Kingdom, the United States, Latin America, and Europe have denounced the extradition effort while "U.S. establishment liberals have largely cheered it".