John Oliver Reluctantly Defends Julian Assange From U.S. Effort To Extradite Him

John Oliver, the latest late-night TV show host to tackle Julian Assange’s arrest by British police from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, is the first to call WikiLeaks’ founder “the most controversial Australian export since Vegemite.”

After nearly seven years holed up at the embassy, Brit police literally carried him out like a rolled up carpet on Thursday.

Oliver was among those who noticed CNN’s initial coverage focused on Assange’s “bedraggled beard,” “lengthy hair,” and that he looked “tired” and “much older” than he did when he first entered the embassy, calling it “a weird tone to take on a story that is this important.”

“His arrest sparks a difficult

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