The nation built on freedom to dissent is trying to break a dissident who rebelled in the name of freedom.
Assange was too ill to appear via video link for a hearing in U.K. court over extradition to the United States.
Assange faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted of the conspiracy charge levied against him last month and a potential ten-year prison sentence for each of the charges today under the Espionage Act.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, said the WiliLeaks founder Julian Assange and national security whistleblower Edward Snowden should not be prosecuted for disclosing information.
Sweden has reopened an investigation into a rape allegation made against the WikiLeaks founder in 2010.
The WikiLeaks founder said he would not be extradited "for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many people."
"Ecuador has made these allegations to justify the unlawful and extraordinary act of letting police come inside an embassy," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer.
"First and foremost, Washington is behind Assange's prosecution," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.
"In just a few years he went from Bond villain to crowd-surfing hobbit. But the important part of the story isn't how he was arrested. It's why he was arrested," said TV host Trevor Noah.
Hannity—who once invited Assange to host his radio show—said the activist's case brings up "a fascinating legal issue about the freedom of the press in this country."
"I know nothing about Wikileaks. It's not my thing," Trump said in the Oval Office on Thursday. "I love WikiLeaks," the president said in 2016.
"WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks," Donald Trump said during an October 2016 campaign rally.
"The hand of 'democracy' squeezes the throat of freedom," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.
The U.K. said it would not extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the U.S. if he were to face the death penalty.
"Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the U.K.'s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of—like it or not—award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books," Edward Snowden said.
British police entered the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested WikkLeaks founder Julain Assange after Ecuador stripped him of his asylum status.
In 2012, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and he has not stepped out of the building since.
Full Frontal host Samantha Bee took aim at President Donald Trump's friend and associate Roger Stone over his WikiLeaks and Julian Assange claims.
After he dismissed her call for Australia to help Assange, the actor said Scott Morrison made "smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion."
An unrelated court filing has exposed that U.S. prosecutors charged under seal WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone claims any information he had in 2016 about Wikileaks or Julian Assange he learned by closely reading mainstream news reports.
Ecuadorean officials cut off Assange's internet connection and phone lines in March.
The Embassy of Ecuador in London cut the WikiLeaks founder's web access in March, accusing him of damaging Ecuador's relations with other nations.
WikiLeaks: "Until now, this cloud infrastructure controlled by Amazon was largely hidden."