Trevor Noah: Julian Assange Arrest Should Concern Us, Even If 'He Looks Like the Creepy Stepdad in Every Porno'

Daily Show host Trevor Noah issued a stark warning about the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London on Thursday.

Although the circumstances of the arrest may be amusing—the fact Assange was carried out of the embassy "like...an old couch"—Noah said the arrest itself could set a worrying precedent for journalists.

"In just a few years he went from Bond villain to crowd-surfing hobbit," Noah told the Daily Show audience, referring to Assange's now-disheveled appearance. "But the important part of the story isn't how he was arrested. It's why he was arrested."

London's Metropolitan Police detained Assange for "failing to surrender to the court " over a warrant issued in the U.K. in 2012. Police confirmed Thursday he was arrested "on behalf of the United States authorities," who had charged him with one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion over the leak of classified documents.

Commenting on the arrest, Noah said: "This really is a pretty interesting dilemma. On the one hand, pretty much everyone hates Assange, partly because he looks like the creepy stepdad in every porno."

"But on the other hand, many people are unhappy about him getting arrested because they worry this could open the door up to journalists getting arrested for leaking government secrets," he continued. "And you know journalists getting arrested would be [President Donald Trump's] wet dream."

Assange's seven-year stint at the Ecuadorian Embassy began in 2012, when he was faced extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. Assange entered the embassy that June, and Ecuador granted him asylum in August.

Although Sweden dropped a rape investigation against Assange in 2017—the second of two sexual assault investigations—he remained holed up in the embassy. By all accounts, he had become a difficult houseguest over the years.

In October, Ecuador issued a set of house rules that asked Assange to refrain from using the internet to interfere in the "internal affairs of other states." He was also asked to clean his own bathroom and take proper care of his cat.

WikiLeaks announced Assange was suing Ecuador over alleged violation of his "fundamental rights and freedoms." The whistleblowing website claimed officials wanted his lawyers to supply personal details, such social media information, before they could see him, for example.

Ecuador eventually revoked Assange's asylum, allowing police to arrest him on Thursday. In a statement published on Twitter, Ecuado's president, Lenín Moreno, said: "Today, I announced that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable."

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Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, in London. Jack Taylor/Getty Images
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