Julian Assange To Matt Lauer: Rape Charges Have Been ‘Successful Smear Campaign’ (VIDEO) | Talking Points Memo

Today‘s Matt Lauer nabbed what seems to be the first interview with recently jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this morning. The defiant Assange maintained that the allegations of rape leveled against him was “incredible” adding that it has “been a very successful smear campaign so far.” Lauer asked Assange about looming espionage charges based on software Assange is alleged to have provided in assistance to Pvt. Bradley Manning in uploading leaked documents, to which he claimed no specific knowledge. Interviewed via satellite from the English estate where Assange is currently staying, Lauer reminded viewers that morning show fluff isn’t the only thing one can see on Today. Lauer was tough but completely fair, getting straight to the point in the efficient 5 minute interview, which you can watch from NBC below (rough transcript also from NBC News follows thereafter.) Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


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