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Proceed Very Carefully Against Assange
Mainstream media has reported little about the arrest and likely extradition of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, who was literally sold out for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver (or in this case it was a $4.2 billion IMF loan to Ecuador approved just last month)! Vice President Mike Pence was in Ecuador last June to push a quid pro quo with the recently elected Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno: You hand us Assange and we'll make sure you get your loan.
It was only a matter of time.
The crux of the issue, as laid out by many, is that Assange is being charged for doing what journalists are supposed to do…
“In a divided Washington, few causes have as much bipartisan support as prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange,” reports The Associated Press.
As you might have heard, late last week the feds accidentally revealed they’ve prepared secret charges against Assange — who’s feared extradition to the United States for years and since 2012 has been hiding out inside Ecuador’s embassy in London.
To begin with, please pause a moment to ponder the term “secret charges” — the sort of thing we might normally associate with Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia.
Back to the AP story, and the bipartisan bile: “Many Democrats seethed when the radical transparency activist humiliated Hillary Clinton by publishing the content of her campaign chairman’s inbox. Most Republicans haven’t forgiven Assange for his publication of U.S. military and intelligence secrets. Much of the American media establishment holds him in contempt as well.”
As Assange was dragged out, it’s worth noting, he was holding in his hand a book by Gore Vidal, History of the National Security State.
Assange was indicted by the US Attorney's Eastern District of Virginia's "espionage court" on charges of conspiracy to hack a government computer. As whistleblower John Kiriakou Tweeted today, his chance of a fair trial in that court is virtually none. His chance of being extradited by a UK all too eager to please its former colony is virtually 100 percent.
The conspiracy charge is far less than many expected, carrying a possible jail term of a mere five years. This is likely to ease the way - and provide cover - for the UK to extradite Assange to the US where there is little doubt additional charges - perhaps including espionage with a possible death sentence - will be added to the mix.
As The Washington Post reported in 2013, “If the Justice Department indicted Assange, it would also have to prosecute The New York Times and other news organizations and writers who published classified material, including The Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper.”
Many on the Left who once lauded the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 70s [stolen papers which indicted the secret bombings our nation performed in Viet Nam] seem to want to hang Assange for doing the same today as he exposed a lot of politicians for their own dirty laundry, especially Hillary Clinton. Indeed, it will not surprise me [as I posted on twitter and Yahoo yesterday] if Assange has even more damaging material tucked away that he can he use as his “get-out-of-jail-free” bargaining chip.
In the pre-trial stage - which has begun today - we will see a distortion of facts in attempt to establish that the charges he faces have nothing to do with a free press or an independent media. Already national security state apologists are dutifully repeating claims that this is only about hacking. He is being charged over hacking, they say, because he is accused of helping Pvt. Manning get secure documents into the hands of Wikileaks.
I’m willing to bet few journalists or media will come to his defense uttering the usual BS that he wasn’t “one of them.’ Indeed, a few of them already have smeared him on twitter and on their own media [why bother naming them here]. One of the few which has publicly rallied to his cause is a long-time freedom warrior, the Rutherford Inst.
The Rutherford Institute has denounced the U.S. government’s attempts to extradite and prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for his part in disclosing information relating to government misconduct that is within the public’s right to know.
The government’s prosecution of journalists and whistleblowers began under the Obama Administration and has continued under the Trump Administration. As Bloomberg News reported: “Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft. The indictments of six individuals under that spy law have drawn criticism from those who say the president’s crackdown chills dissent, curtails a free press and betrays Obama’s initial promise to ‘usher in a new era of open government.’”*
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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’
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