Freedom of press only exists in the United States if the press doesn’t report anything that conflicts with the interests of the military industrial complex. Therefore, for Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, there cannot be any freedom of press.
And for exposing war crimes committed in Afghanistan and Iraq, Assange may now be extradited to face “justice” in the United States.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited from the UK to the US, the High Court has ruled. The US won its appeal against a January UK court ruling that he could not be extradited due to concerns over his mental health.
Mr. Assange is wanted in the US over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011.
Assange has been labeled as a global threat by war hawks and overzealous warmongers. Republic Leader Mitch McConnell goes so far as to labeled Assange as a “high-tech terrorist” and acknowledges that the information dump by WikiLeaks had done “enormous damage” to the United State’s image and it’s standing with international allies.
Okay; what were in these documents that was so damning? It turns out that Assange’s WikiLeaks was responsible for shedding light to numerous war crimes that were committed and swept under the rug in Afghanistan and Iraq in an official capacity. One of these included the mowing down of over a dozen innocent Iraqis (including children) in 2007. And it doesn’t stop there.
…These 391,000 reports document the war and occupation of Iraq from 2004-2009 through accounts written by American soldiers showing that the US decided to ignore cases of torture by Iraqi authorities on civilians.
…The U.S. was forced to withdraw from Iraq in 2011, in part due to scandals associated with Blackwater mercenaries escaping accountability for crimes in Iraq, and in particular one cable detailing the summary execution of 10 Iraqi civilians, including four women and five children — by U.S. soldiers and a subsequent airstrike to cover up the evidence.
Mitch McConnell is right; only a true terrorist would prevent other state-sanctioned terrorists from being held accountable for terrorism done on foreign soil. How could anyone look at it differently?
This is exactly why Assange needs to be extradited to the United States. Because the U.S. courts is where the real justice is at. Just ask 1st Lt. Clint Lorance who was given a presidential pardon by Donald Trump after murdering three innocent Afghan men for no reason.
Despite Lorance’s own unit testifying against him in court for giving illegal orders to fire at Afghan civilians, Lorance received a hefty 20 year sentence, served a few years and eventually walked away free after Trump’s pardon.
What a true American war hero!
But does Assange, the guy trying to stop heroes like Lt. Lorance, deserve the same leniency? Fortunately for him, the Biden administration is feeling rather sympathetic and may let him off easy.
Mr Assange faces an 18-count indictment from the US government, accusing him of conspiring to hack into US military databases to acquire sensitive secret information relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars
If convicted in the US, Mr Assange, 50, faces a possible penalty of up to 175 years in jail, his lawyers have said. However the US government said the sentence was more likely to be between four and six years.
A measly 175 years for exposing war crimes on the Iraqi people? That’s a sweet deal. And Assange doesn’t have to worry about the U.S. winking when it says that he’ll probably only serve 4-6 years.
Edward Snowden, another whistleblower like Assange, also faces extradition and a lenient 30 year prison sentence for exposing domestic and international NSA surveillance programs that were black budgeted (kept secret for clandestine operations) leading to widespread condemnation.
Documents leaked to the Washington Post in mid-August suggested the NSA breaks US privacy laws hundreds of times every year.
…The [files] allegedly detailed “an extraordinary range” of spying methods used to intercept messages, including bugs, specialised antennae and wire taps.
These two terrorists, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, should consider themselves lucky that the U.S. is in such a forgiving mood in light of their transgressions against the authoritarian state.