Assange extradition decision a huge relief; US must now end prosecution (Australian journalists’ association)
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“Julian has suffered a 10-year ordeal for trying to bring information of public interest to the light of day, and it has had an immense impact on his mental and physical health.
“But we are dismayed that the judge showed no concern for press freedom in any of her comments today, and effectively accepted the US arguments that journalists can be prosecuted for exposing war crimes and other government secrets, and for protecting their sources.
“The stories for which he was being prosecuted were published by WikiLeaks a decade ago and revealed war crimes and other shameful actions by the United States government. They were clearly in the public interest.
“The case against Assange has always been politically motivated with the intent of curtailing free speech, criminalising journalism and sending a clear message to future whistleblowers and publishers that they too will be punished if they step out of line.”
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January 5, 2021 at 9:57 AM #391226EnthusiastParticipant
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to protect the population from the spread of Covid.
I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".
January 5, 2021 at 11:54 AM #391232Spud DemonParticipant
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The rationale for denying extradition was that Assange might kill himself if he is extradited and tried. This is a less helpful outcome than I was hoping for. It’s sort of like “compassionate release” except it leaves everything incomplete.
I think he should not be extradited to the US because he was neither a citizen of nor present in the US when the alleged crimes occurred. In other words, he was outside the jurisdiction. I don’t want one country to have worldwide jurisdiction.
Telling somebody how to secretly export information is not a crime. According to the US, it became a crime because Assange knew who the victim was (US gov) and was therefore part of an espionage conspiracy. I just don’t buy it.
The other conspirator already received clemency. Will Assange get a pardon? Probably not from Trump. And Biden? Assange really embarrassed the Dem establishment with those Podesta e-mails. Never mind that the only reason they were embarrassing was they exposed the corrupt inner workings of the party. Is Biden his own man now, or does he still owe the Clinton/Podesta crowd? We will see, but I’m not holding out much hope.
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