Transcript for After Julian Assange's arrest, Trump says 'I know nothing about Wikileaks'
And we begin with that dramatic arrest in London. Julian assange pulled out of the Ecuadorian embassy. Defiantly holed up in that embassy for nearly seven years. Often speaking from that window right there. But today, a starkly different image. Shackled out of the embassy. His long beard. Soon taken before a judge. Will he not be extradited to the U.S.? ABC's David Wright leads us off from London. Reporter: Until today, Julian assange was untouchable. But this morning, British police dragged him out of the Ecuadorian embassy bearded, disheveled and shouting. They must resist. Uk resist. Reporter: The Ecuadorian government invited the British in. After seven years, assange had overstayed his welcome. Arriving at the courthouse, he was defiant. Giving his supporters a thumbs up. The judge called assange a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests. Ecuadorian officials describe him as a sort of houseguest from hell, who behaved badly and lived in squalor. American authorities have been gunning for him for nearly a decade, ever since Wikileaks first published a trove of classified material from the U.S. Military, including this video of a U.S. Apache strike on suspected Iraqi insurgents that killed civilians, as well. It was stolen by Chelsea manning, a former American soldier. The U.S. Indictment accuses assange of helping manning hack defense department computers. Assange's lawyers today try to make the case that he's a journalist. This precedent means that any journalist can be extradited for prosecution in the United States for having published truthful information about the united States. Reporter: Today's indictment does not mention Wikileaks' role in the 2016 election. Publishing thousands of emails that Russian hackers stole from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman and the democratic national committee. Wikileaks, I love Wikileaks. Reporter: In the weeks before the election, president trump mentioned Wikileaks nearly 140 times. This Wikileaks is like a treasure trove. Boy, I love reading those Wikileaks. Reporter: So today in the oval office, ABC's Karen Travers asked him. Do you still love Wikileaks? I know nothing about Wikileaks. It's not my thing, and -- and I know there is something having to do with Julian assange. I know nothing really about him. It's not my deal in life. President trump just today. So, let's bring in David right from London tonight. The U.S. Wants assange extradited here to the U.S. What are the next steps? Reporter: Well, he's scheduled for his next court appearance may 2nd. That's in three weeks time. His lawyers have made it clear that they want to fight extradition. They have several avenues open to them. Bottom line, this could take months or even years. David? David Wright leads us off David, thank you.
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