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Julian Assange praises Trump’s move to stop arming Salafists in Syria

This is an undated handout photo issued by Sunshine Press made available Tuesday May 10, 2016 of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with a kitten in Ecuador's embassy in London . It may not be so lonely for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the embassy quarters he's called home for nearly four years. Now he has a kitten to keep him company.The kitten had not been named yet. (Sunshine Press/Wikileaks via AP)

Julian Assange has offered a strong endorsement of Donald Trump’s decision to stop the CIA programme to arm Salafist jihadist fighters in Syria. This was one of the flagship policies of the Obama administration.

The Wikileaks founder expressed his views in two Tweets which are reproduced below:

Assange who once negatively compared Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to having to choose between two equally painful diseases, seems cautiously optimistic about Trump’s move.

Assange is a committed anti-war activist who first rose to prominence when Wikileaks published the infamous Iraq War Logs which revealed the extent of US war criminality in Iraq during the aftermath of George W. Bush’s invasion. The leaks led to the prosecution and conviction of US Army whistle-blower Bradley Manning who provided Wikileaks with the information.

Donald Trump has not commented on Assange’s statement.

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