If the US government prosecutes Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, it will mark a point of no return.
We’ll never know what “average” Germans thought on November 11, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht. Perhaps a few recognized it for what it was: a turning point, an acceleration of Germany’s descent into hell. America’s Crystal Night looms, and if it occurs, only a few will recognize it for what it is.
The fate of Julian Assange is the fate of one man, but it is also the fate of one of our most important freedoms. There won’t be shattered plate glass from vandalized businesses littering the streets, synagogues smashed, graves unearthed, or people herded onto trains. But his prosecution by the US government would destroy an inestimable value, one enshrined in the First Amendment, for which generations of Americans have fought and died: the right of the people and its press to inform the people and to hold their government to account.
Pilger talks about Assange's deteriorating health and the physical dangers he faces during this period of virtual isolation. Pilger also excoriates the western media for their silence and pro-government stand on the marginalizing and potential prosecution of Assange, even after they collaborated with WikiLeaks and major high-profile breaking stories. The interview is part of a continuing national radio series -- Assange: Countdown to Freedom. Pilger was interviewed on August 3rd, 2018.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than 2,200 days in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, should be granted immunity from prosecution if he agrees to testify in the US, Senator Rand Paul has said.
“I think that he should be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for coming to the United States and testifying,” Paul said in an interview to the Gateway Pundit website.
Paul believes that Assange “has information that is probably pertinent to the hacking of the Democratic emails that would be nice to hear.” But he doesn’t think Assange is likely to come and share it unless given “some type of immunity from prosecution.”
Earlier this month the US Senate Intelligence Committee, investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, requested that the WikiLeaks editor testify. In a letter delivered to Assange, committee chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) requested that Assange make himself available for a closed interview “at a mutually agreeable time and location.”
Responding to the request, WikiLeaks said on Twitter that its team is “considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard.”
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou earlier told RT that he also thinks Assange needs to be given immunity by the committee because otherwise “anything he said before the committee could not be used against him.” He said that many on the Intelligence Committee see the WikiLeaks founder not as a journalist and publisher, but as an enemy of the state.
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Inspired Fiona.Truth is treason in America anymore.
That is sad. A friend has just returned to Redding CAL after 13yrs in NZ. She has been shocked at war between L and R. Cant even talk without wild emotional responses from people. And they are mostly uninformed and OTT.
We have started watching Fox news where you seem to get better more honest coverage of what's happening there - generally speaking.
Ecuador has made it clear in the past few months – after this wide-spread speculation that he would be forced to leave – that they will respect the asylum,” she said.
Assange remains cut off from all communications and kept in what is effectively solitary confinement with no access to outdoor areas. His health is deteriorating, and the UK authorities have made sure that he won’t get treatment without leaving the embassy, she said.
Assange was granted asylum in August 2012, skipping bail in the UK justice system. At that time, he was fighting extradition to Sweden, where he faced prosecution over a now-closed case over alleged sex offenses. He said he had to seek Ecuador’s protection because if forced to go to Sweden, he could be extradited to the US and face serious charges over his actions as WikiLeaks founder.
British authorities are prepared to arrest him for violating bail terms should he ever leave the embassy. His lawyer believes that the result would be the same – an unsealing of a secret indictment and an extradition to the US to stand trial for publishing US government secrets.
“This case has always been about the risk of US extradition and that is why Ecuador gave him asylum,” Robinson said. “We have seen in the past year the US attorney general say that prosecution of him is a priority. We’ve seen now Secretary of State, but then-Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo say that WikiLeaks is a hostile non-state intelligence agency and that they will ‘take them down’ and that Julian would not benefit from the First Amendment protection should he go to the United States.”
Robinson added that her client would be happy to face whatever punishment the UK justice system would deem necessary for skipping the bail, but he would not do it at the risk of being sent to the US for what he expects to be an unjust prosecution there.
“We know that Chelsea Manning, the alleged source of WikiLeaks material, was subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment, according to the UN Special Rapporteur. And we are concerned that Julian, if he is sent to the US, would face a long, drawn-out process, and it would take many years before we are able to make the arguments that we know should win,” she said.
I think that the "sealed indictments" for elite pedophiles and other such vermin are fictitious but I do have faith that there is one waiting for Julian Assange.And a death sentence as well.
Before his links to the world were cut by his Ecuadorian hosts, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave an interview on how technological advances are changing humankind. He said global surveillance will soon be totally unavoidable.
The interview was provided to RT by organizers of the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona. Assange, who is currently stranded in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with no outside communication except with his legal team, has a pretty grim outlook on where humanity is going. He says it will soon be impossible for any human being to not be included in global databases collected by governments and state-like entities.