Who Will Step Up in Biden’s DOJ to Save Julian Assange?
October 12, 2021 at 3:18 PM - Views: 87 #449404ZimInSeattleParticipant
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Last month Biden’s Haitian envoy resigned on principle. Is there someone in Biden’s Justice Department who would push the attorney general to drop the prosecution of Julian Assange?, asks Joe Lauria.
By Joe Lauria
Special to Consortium News
Last month the U.S. special envoy to Haiti quit in protest over the Biden administration’s decision to repatriate thousands of Haitian migrants from the United States. In his letter(pdf) of resignation to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Daniel Foote wrote, ““I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life.”
‘The people of Haiti, mired in poverty, hostage to the terror, kidnappings, robberies and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances, simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy. The collapsed state is unable to provide security or basic services, and more refugees will fuel further desperation and crime. Surging migration to our borders will only grow as we add to Haiti’s unacceptable misery.”
Foote’s letter went on to an extraordinary critique of the long history U.S. imperial meddling in Haiti’s internal affairs.
“But what our Haitian friends really want, and need, is the opportunity to chart their own course, without international puppeteering and favored candidates but with genuine support for that course. … The hubris that makes us believe we should pick the winner – again – is impressive. This cycle of international political interventions in Haiti has consistently produced catastrophic results. More negative impacts to Haiti will have calamitous consequences not only in Haiti, but in the U.S. and our neighbors in the hemisphere.”
To be an American government official and to write such a missive to the secretary of state takes an uncommon courage.
It is the kind of courage that will be needed to get Julian Assange out of Belmarsh prison, back to his family, and back to work.
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October 12, 2021 at 3:21 PM #449406EarthartistParticipant
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Sadly I think this is a rare person. Haiti is our slave state
October 12, 2021 at 3:47 PM #449407NV WinoModerator
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October 12, 2021 at 4:01 PM #449409MizzGrizzParticipant
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Nobody will come forward to save Assange.They all want him dead.
October 12, 2021 at 9:00 PM #449440SorbishParticipant
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Publishing Chelsea Manning’s leaks and then threatening HRC’s campaign with DNC emailleaks and accusations of Her gross neglect in handling classified documents and saying it was as bad as anything Manning did as a leaker, Assange signed his own death warrant with the Dems.
Ending the pandemic needs a shot in the arm.
October 12, 2021 at 4:46 PM #449417closeupreadyParticipant
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If he dies as a result of his persecution, then he really will be a martyr to the millions of people around the world who support the idea of a free press and free speech. And a majority of such supporters are in places like China, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere.
In other words, if the duopoly that governs the United States understood how much disapproval it’s earned itself over the last 40 years, it would be willing to drop its pursuit of Assange so that it could walk away from a situation which, carried to its rational conclusion, has no benefit for any winner, and much downside.
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October 12, 2021 at 7:55 PM #449432MistaPParticipant
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WikiLeaks provided a safety valve, vetting its sources and redacting when asked (some even said it was too chummy with the alphabet agencies!)
October 12, 2021 at 8:50 PM #449438
October 12, 2021 at 9:49 PM #449446Mr. Mickeys MomModerator
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The message isn’t loud enough for the pigs.
Hell, no... I'm not giving up...
October 13, 2021 at 3:14 AM #449481soryangParticipant
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But this seems right up Garland’s alley. I don’t see him as one to challenge the official national security pitch on Assange. Vanita Gupta could embarrass the DOJ if she resigned over something like this, but I imagine that her bailiwick is civil rights in particular with respect to minority rights, voting rights, and the like, rather than first amendment. I can see this being rationalized away rather easily.
But I have no idea what she’s really like. I have to admit when people work for certain government agencies, I usually just write them off. On the other hand, Lauria outlines a situation where the case against Assange is falling apart. In this respect, it looks a lot like the Meng Wanzhou extradition. All DOJ could do there was save face with the PTD statement. If the Assange case is technically falling apart, what are they going to do? File a new indictment? Continue stalling? I thought they were just waiting for him to die. imo.
October 13, 2021 at 7:27 AM #449491
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