After avoiding arrest for nearly seven years, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has expressed fear for the violent enemies that potentially await him in American prisons, one of his acquaintances said on an episode of ABC News' The Investigation podcast Thursday. The interview with former Taliban hostage and war documentary filmmaker Sean Langan took place the day after Assange's arrest Wednesday, ABC News reports.
"He did say he was worried that, if he was in a normal American prison, being beaten up,” said Langan, who spent over 50 hours with the WikiLeaks founder over the past year. He told ABC News that his last visit to the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange has hid since 2012 was on March 22.
He continued, “And then I said, 'Well, the chances are you're most likely’—slightly gallows humor, it didn't make him feel better—‘you're most likely going to be put into one of those federal Supermax prisons where you won't see a soul.”
Assange frequently criticized President Trump during conversations with visitors, a surprise to many in light of his Democratic party email leaks during the 2016 election, which Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed was the effort of Russian spies to hampered Hillary Clinton's shot at the presidency.
According to Langan, Assange stated that longtime political adviser and Trump friend Donald Trump Jr. and Roger Stone were not intelligent enough to conspire. Assange praised the end of the Mueller investigation because there was no indictment against him for conspiring with Russia.
Speaking of Assange, Langan said, "'Those bunch of clowns'—that was the exact quote—'those bunch of clowns couldn't conspire and organize this kind of thing.’ He certainly did not hold [President Trump] in high regard. He was quite dismissive."