Let me first say that I may be completely and utterly off base on this post. But, it is one that I feel compelled to speculate upon.
We all know that President Trump has spoken favorably about Wikileaks in the past. We all know that President Trump has made some (many, no... a gargantuan number) of statements that seemingly contradict each other. Perhaps that is the President's way of keeping his opposition guessing, and his way of keeping them off balance.
Now, on to Julian Assange.
There was an intriguing article in ZeroHedge this morning that aroused my suspicions. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-12/taibbi-why-assange-arrest-should-scare-all-reporters
Item 1 - "The indictment unveiled today falls just short of a full frontal attack on press freedoms only because it indicts on something like a technicality: specifically, an accusation that Assange tried (and, seemingly, failed) to help Manning crack a government password. "
Item 2 - Assange's role in the 2016 election. In "Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, he never interviewed or attempted to interview Assange. In fact, it appears none of the 2800 subpoenas, 500 witness interviews, and 500 search warrants in the Mueller probe targeted Assange or WikiLeaks.
According to WikiLeaks, no one from Mueller’s office ever attempted to get a statement from Assange, any WikiLeaks employee, or any of Assange’s lawyers (the Office of Special Counsel declined comment for this story). A Senate committee did reach out to Assange last year about the possibility of testifying, but never followed up."
Item 3 - CIA Director Mike "Pompeo met on October 24 with William Binney, a former National Security Agency official-turned-whistleblower who co-authored an analysis published by a group of former intelligence officials that challenges the U.S. intelligence community’s official assessment that Russian intelligence was behind last year’s theft of data from DNC computers. Binney and the other former officials argue that the DNC data was “leaked,” not hacked, “by a person with physical access” to the DNC’s computer system." https://theintercept.com/2017/11/07/dnc-hack-trump-cia-director-william-binney-nsa/
If anyone is interested in the technical aspects of Binney's analysis, just check out the numerous videos in which he expounds upon why Russia could not have hacked the DNC servers, and how it had to be an inside job. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=william+binney+on+dnc+hack
1) Assange's apparent weak indictment is an attempt to bring him here, in a US court of law, and get his testimony on record, by the main stream media, to testify on the origin of the DNC info that Mueller did not want as part of his investigation
2) Assange is found guilty (or innocent) of a minor charge, and then if found guilty, is pardoned by Trump.
3) If it can be proven in a court of law that the DNC hack was an internal leak and not the effort of a Russian hack, that would destroy the central theme of the Russian Collusion theory advanced by HRC, the main stream media, and liberal Democrats.
Just a theory. Let's see how this plays out!!~~