According to media sources including the Evening Standard, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot receive a fair trial in the United States. The trial itself would be a kangaroo trial and would be worst then the Salem Witch Trials. Julian Assange would be convicted regardless of what his defense lawyers brought forth. This includes the opinion of many others including John Kiriakou, (know for his exposure of CIA torture program and radio program),as seen here when he spoke with Suzie Dawson on a Unity4J vigil seen youtube video with John Kiriakou.
According to the Evening Standard (link above):
There is much truth in this especially after US District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that the charges against Assange will remain sealed until he is arrested. (Statement below). A fair trial would start with the defendant able to see what he is charged with, correct? How can Assange’s lawyers even begin to start a defense case if they don’t know what the charges are? Of course, we know enough from previous articles and statements that espionage and coercion are involved but what else?
According to this statement, it hasn’t been proved there are charges but there has been. In November, Associated Press released the following article stating:
“The Justice Department has filed charges under seal against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no charges have been publicly announced. It was not clear what the charges were or when they might be made public.
The fact that charges had been prepared was disclosed in an errant court filing in an unrelated case that was recently unsealed and that contained Assange’s name.”
“The prosecutor wrote the charges “would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition.”
If the US government continues with its desire to prosecute this award winning journalist and publisher for doing what so many other news organizations have done in the past, it will destroy the 1st amendment of the US Constitution. It will set a precedent against all future publishers who release to the public any kind of official government documents exposing crime and corruption in that agency. It will destroy what the US stands for and that is freedom and justice. It will further corrupt the very court system we rely on for truth and justice. As an American who values my Constitution and the amendments therein, I find it absolutely disgusting that the DOJ of my country would violate it so willingly and destructively.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shut down a reporter asking if working with Wikileaks should be a crime. See video here. Of course we all have heard that Rudy Giullani said that Assange should not be charged citing the Pentagon Papers but the DOJ doesn’t seem to be listening nor does the ABC organizations.
There isn’t a media organization who hasn’t at one time or another cited Wikileaks documents. If Wikileaks staff and it’s founder are prosecuted then shouldn’t the New York Times and Washington Post also be for publishing classified information? What about the Guardian who released the Snowden Files? Then shouldn’t the government go back in time to Watergate? What organization should not then be put on trial who have referenced any classified document? See where this would lead to? The end of any truthful statements made by media about the corruption and crime our government is involved on and us only receiving the propaganda approved by said government.
Also in Assange news is the statement from the IAC seen below from a Wikileaks tweet:
“The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (
@IACHumanRights) has given Ecuador five days to answer seven questions on threats against Julian Assange’s asylum after moves to sell Julian Assange to US government for “debt relief”.”
Whether Ecuador will comply should be interesting as they have not complied to either the ruling on his asylum in the past by the IAC or the requests from the UN to remove his unrealistic demands from Ecuador on his internet access and visitors. Many of these regulations are not only tyrannical in nature but against Assange’s human rights as a refugee. Yet, Ecuador has refused to comply with international law, so I doubt they will answer questions reasonably or honestly if they do at all.
Isn’t it time the US government, the UK government and Ecuador act like democracies instead of tyrannical, evil bullies and free this journalist?