Ms Ocasio-Cortez, known as AOC, said on Thursday there was a specific aspect of Mr Assange’s arrest troubling her, Fox News reported. Speaking to the US media outlet, she said: “There’s a lot of concern for folks who disagree or are troubled by Assange’s past. To my knowledge, the specific charges that were raised for his extradition were even ones that the Obama administration entertained but turned down because it was kind of beyond the pale in terms of an attack on journalism and journalists.”
The US representative added: “So I’m concerned by that specific aspect very much so in this situation.”
Her concerns appear to be shared with her left-wing ally across the pond, the leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn, who also waded into the debate over Mr Assange’s controversial arrest.
While Theresa May and a number of ministers welcomed the apprehension, the Labour leader called on the Government to oppose extradition.
He tweeted: “The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British Government.”
Australian national Mr Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years before he was arrested on Thursday.
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The 47-year-old fugitive computer programmer was hiding in the diplomatic building seeking refuge after he was released on bail in Britain.
He was facing extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations he vehemently denies, which have since been dropped.
Mr Assange refused to leave the embassy, fearing arrest and extradition to the US for releasing classified military and diplomatic documents through his investigative journalism operation, WikiLeaks.
Announcing his decision to rescind Mr Assange’s asylum, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno cited the Australian’s “violating of international conventions and protocol”.
The Andean nation’s leader described the move to withdraw Mr Assange’s asylum as a “sovereign” one because of his alleged violations.
Mr Assange’s Ecuadorean citizenship was suspended on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Jose Valencia told reporters.
He said: “At the time the decision to finalise his asylum was made, there was only a case in the United Kingdom for violating the conditions of his bail in 2012.”
Speaking on Thursday Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Assange’s arrest showed no one is above the law.
She told the House of Commons: “I’m sure the whole House will welcome the news this morning that the Metropolitan Police have arrested Julian Assange, arrested for breach of bail after nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy.
“He has also been arrested in relation to an extradition request from the United States authorities.
“This is now a legal matter before the courts.
“This goes to show that in the UK nobody is above the law.”