Oftentimes, government officials will claim there is no extradition order in place for Julian Assange. This includes both U.K. and U.S. officials. The problem is evidence does exist that once Assange steps outside the Embassy doors and is arrested by British police for an untested bail warrant, he will then be sent to the United States where he faces a grand jury indictment. This indictment is sealed and would be opened once he is arrested. He faces either life in prison or the death penalty as many view his publishing as espionage. I intend on showing as much proof as possible that the two governments have no intention of not extraditing this journalist.
According to Wikileaks, documentation found here:
“Scale of the US Grand Jury Investigation of WikiLeaks
The US Government has stood up and coordinated a joint interagency criminal investigation of Wikileaks comprised of a partnership between the Department of Defense (DOD) including: CENTCOM; SOUTHCOM; the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA); US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) for USFI (US Forces Iraq) and 1st Armored Division (AD); US Army Computer Crimes Investigative Unit (CCIU); 2nd Army (US Army Cyber Command); Within that or in addition, three military intelligence investigations were conducted. Department of Justice (DOJ) Grand Jury and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of State (DOS) and Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). In addition, Wikileaks has been investigated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Office of the National CounterIntelligence Executive (ONCIX), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the House Oversight Committee; the National Security Staff Interagency Committee, and the PIAB (President’s Intelligence Advisory Board). LINK Transcript | US v Pfc. Bradley Manning, Article 39(a) Session, 06/06/12 see also”
But there’s more than this on Wikileaks in the Stratfor emails which include emails from Fred Burton. (Fred Burton, who wrote this, was ex-Diplomatic Security Service of State Dept, had many intel contacts). These emails began being published on February 27th, 2012 and reveal a lot of what the U.S. government intends to do to Assange. These emails were one of the justifications for Julian to seek political asylum as they included probable torture as seen below.
Also seen in these emails from Fred Burton is the following statement from his Blackberry seen below.
If this is not proof enough, there is a recent letter from Democrats to President Lenin Moreno stating that he must turn over Assange. You can find this letter here, along with the Congress that wrote the letter.
The statement in the following screenshot shows absolute proof of extradition as they state that Assange “should be handed over” to the US to face prosecution for interfering with the U.S.
Also seen on the Wikileaks site are the warrants for the seizure of property rightfully owned by Wikileaks staff which is a violation of their right to privacy. This includes the allegations for crimes supposedly committed by staff and Assange. You can view the search warrants here. These charges include espionage and theft of government property as well as a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. According to this site page:
“The US government is claiming universal jurisdiction to apply the Espionage Act, general Conspiracy statute and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to journalists and publishers – a horrifying precedent for press freedoms around the world. Once an offence is alleged in relation to a journalist or their source, the whole media organisation, by the nature of its work flow, can be targeted as alleged ‘conspiracy’. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief said: ‘WikiLeaks has out endured everything the Obama administration has thrown at us and we will out endure these latest “offences” too.'”
The former FBI director, James Comey stated the following according to justice4assange.com:
“In 2017 then FBI director James Comey told Congress: “[Assange] hasn’t been apprehended because he is in the Ecuadorian embassy in London”.”
“A US grand jury investigation has been ongoing since May 2010 with the purpose of bringing a case against Mr. Assange over WikiLeaks publications. Efforts to prosecute Mr. Assange have expanded under the Trump administration to include WikiLeaks groundbreaking series on the CIA published last year. Mr. Assange faces up to life imprisonment for multiple charges including conspiracy, theft, and electronic espionage—a terrorism offence.
President Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo stated that Mr. Assange has “no First Amendment rights” and that the CIA is working to “take down” WikiLeaks. The US Senate intelligence committee has tabled legislation to declare WikiLeaks a “non state intelligence service” and that the US government should “treat it accordingly”.”
“Julian Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012 and applied for political asylum, seeking protection from US political persecution and attempts to imprison him over his work as the publisher of WikiLeaks. He was granted political asylum after the UK and Sweden refused to give an assurance that they would not extradite him to the US over WikiLeaks publications. The US formally started grand jury proceedings against him in May 2010.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has confirmed that arresting Mr. Assange is a “priority”.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo (now US Secretary of State) has stated that Julian Assange “has no First Amendment Rights” and has described WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence agency”
Even the Guardian, who usually posts smears against Assange, published an article referring to Sessions desire to arrest Julian. This article is seen here.
“The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a “priority” for the US, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has said.
Hours later it was reported by CNN that authorities have prepared charges against Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.”
The term “holed up” in this article needs to be corrected as he is a political refugee who sought asylum and is not a fugitive.
Another quote from this article is the following:
Asked whether it was a priority for the justice department to arrest Assange “once and for all”, Sessions told a press conference in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday: “We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks. This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious.”
He added: “So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”
If there is any question as to a grand jury, even CNN published an article on the secret grand jury seen here. Published December 13th, 2010, this article states the following:
“A secret grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is meeting to consider criminal charges in the WikiLeaks case, an attorney for the site’s founder, Julian Assange, told the Al-Jazeera network in an interview.
“We have heard from Swedish authorities there has been a secretly empaneled grand jury in Alexandria. … They are currently investigating this,” Mark Stephens told Al-Jazeera’s Sir David Frost on Sunday, referring to WikiLeaks. The site, which facilitates the disclosure of secret information, has been slowly releasing a trove of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables since November 28.”
In an article by Human Rights Watch seen here, the following statement is made:
“While some admire and others despise Assange, no one should be prosecuted under the antiquated Espionage Act for publishing leaked government documents. That 1917 statute was designed to punish people who leaked secrets to a foreign government, not to the media, and allows no defense or mitigation of punishment on the basis that public interest served by some leaks may outweigh any harm to national security.
The US grand jury investigation of Assange under the Espionage Act was apparently based on his publishing the leaks for which Chelsea Manning, a former US army soldier, was convicted. Her sentence was commuted.”
“The publication of leaks—particularly leaks that show potential government wrongdoing or human rights abuse—is a critical function of a free press in a democratic society. The vague and sweeping provisions of the Espionage Act remain ready to be used against other publishers and journalists, whether they be Wikileaks or the New York Times.
Assange has agreed to surrender himself to the British police – but only if he were granted assurances against extradition to the US, where he could face life in prison. “
Though the United States and the United Kingdom continue to say there is no extradition order in place at this time, evidence shows otherwise. It may remain “secret” just like the grand jury indictment which would be opened if Assange surrenders himself to the United Kingdom. Therefore, because there is no guarantee that he will not be extradited, Julian will not be safe.
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