I really do think that Assange is a Kremlin pawn. But… I am against any US attempts to prosecute him for collaborating with Manning for the same reasons why Tulsi Gabbard does, and why Obama admin did, back in 2013.
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I took a look at the chat logs they’re using as evidence for the hacking conspiracy charge, and I don’t think it will stand at all. Manning doesn’t even say what the hash string is for.
Feds Say Assange Chat Logs Document Hacking Conspiracy As a battle over the expected extradition of Julian Assange heats up in the United Kingdom, a newly unsealed U.S. court filing details how the WikiLeaks founder tried to cover his tracks. https://www.courthousenews.com/feds-say-assange-chat-logs-document-hacking-conspiracy/
IMO, the charge is arbitrary, and when we start using the law arbitrarily like this, for political reasons… this is a break down in Rule of Law. No matter what you think of Assange, if you respect the Rule of Law, you shouldn’t be okay with this move.
Obama admin felt that if they tried to extradite Assange on such weak evidence, it would set a bad precedent, which would allow other countries to charge & extradite foreign journalists on equally weak evidence or accusations alone…
… but this doesn’t just put journalists in danger. Erdogan has been trying to extradite Gulen from the US for years. If reasons for extraditing Assange are allowed to stand, that precedent could be used to force us to deliver Gulen to Turkey.
And this really has me wondering… Trump admin must know the evidence is so weak, that the Assange case will be thrown out of court. Why extradite at all? Unless… you’ve been trying to figure out a way to serve Gulen’s head on a silver platter to Erdogan.
Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-us-gulen-idUSKBN1OF0BM