This is Part 2 of a two-part article on the arrest of Australian publicist Julian Assange in Britain who now faces possible extradition to the United States on conspiracy charges.
As mentioned in Part 1 the hopes of freedom fighter and truth seekers around the globe were dashed when the Ecuadorans ushered in the British secret police to ambush Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and lead him off in chains for all the world to see.
In 2011, Wikileaks published classified information about routine torture being used by guards at Guantanamo Bay to extract the intel they want. On May 10 of that year, Assange was awarded Australia’s Sydney Peace Medal, in recognition of the need “for greater transparency and accountability of governments.”
While living estranged from his friends and supporters, Assange continued to expose large quantities of sensitive U.S. State Department classified information as Wikileak online data dumps. He became a recluse since taking even one step outside the safe-harbor embassy would expose Assange to a British arrest warrant charging breach of his bail conditions in 2012. Ecuador naturalized Assange on December 12, 2017, to protect him from extradition to the U.S.
For reasons unknown, Ecuador, a country with a proud history of defending civil rights, suddenly, swiftly, and secretly, changed Assange’s political status from “protected” to “fair game” and revoked his asylum status. The rumor down on Conspiracy Street is that the U.S. government had something to do with Assange’s arrest.
A report from The Guardian in January 2018, quoted Assange’s doctors as saying their patient’s health had been undermined by years of confinement without access to sunshine and fresh air, with demands for safe access to medical care.
Images of Assange being physically hauled from the embassy to a police vehicle showed a man marked by age and long years of house arrest. His long white beard and bald pate contrasted starkly with the clean-shaven, well-groomed, and stylish younger version of the international political activist.
After his summary arrest, Assange was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after he entered a not-guilty plea.
The British government will decide whether to extradite Assange to the United States, where he almost certainly would be charged with federal charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Assange conspired to download classified databases with former American intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. She was arrested in 2010 for publishing more than 700,000 confidential documents, videos and diplomatic cables on Wikileaks.
If convicted, the Wikileaks founder could be punished with a maximum five-year sentence in U.S. prison.
Jennifer Robinson, Assange’s attorney, said the extradition request set a “dangerous precedent” if a journalist were brought from a foreign nation to face U.S. charges for “publishing truthful information about the United States.”
Last year, Virginia issued an indictment against Assange, alleging that he “conspired in 2010 with Manning to access classified information on Department of Defense computers.”
When he was arrested, Assange was seen carrying a book thought to be a copy of History of the National Security State by Gore Vidal. Some analysts wonder if the truth-loving activist was sending a message? According to Goodreads, the top quote from the book is this:
“The Federalist Papers are very clear. Whenever one of the founding fathers and one of the people who was inventing the Constitution…start[ed] to get apoplectic at the mention of Athens, the mention of Pericles, the mention of democracy – they go on and on about mobs and we don’t want this and we don’t want that – we’re an oligarchy of the well-to-do. We were at the very beginning, when the Constitution was made, and we’re even more so now.”
With Assange’s arrest and possible extradition to the United States for further legal prosecution, the question on many Truthers’ minds is:
Will President Donald J. Trump uphold the free press, send a message to all Deep State operatives and government Swamp Dwellers, and help Make America Great Again by pardoning Julian Assange of all wrong-doing and drop all outstanding charges?