- U.S. Preparing New Charges Against Assange
- Possibility of espionage charge on the table
- Assange could face death penalty
There have been reports that the United States government is planning new charges against imprisoned journalist Julian Assange, the U.S. regime also planning to move against affiliates of Wikileaks and the 47-year-old Australian.
CNN reported Wednesday that there was at least one unsealed document that had been withheld from the public, with Thursday’s Mueller Report showing heavy redaction in some sections pertaining to Wikileaks.
The reports confirm suspicions amongst supporters of Assange that the computer hacking charges which have already been filed are likely a pretext to ensure his extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States and not the final end game of the investigation.
There are growing fears that Assange will be charged with espionage, a charge that carries a potential death sentence. Calls for Assange to be tried in relation to allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election have come from across the political spectrum, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer saying that Assange should be “be held to account”.
Speaking in what appears to be a promo for Brian Kilmeade’s radio show in 2010, Donald Trump was asked his thoughts about Julian Assange and stated that Wikileaks’ actions had been “disgraceful” and “there should be the death penalty of something” for their actions.
Speaking on Fox News in 2010, former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said that Julian Assange was a “terrorist”, “should be treated as an enemy combatant” and that Wikileaks should be “closed down permanently”. Others in the Republican Party that have described Assange as a “terrorist” include Mitch McConnell, Candice Miller and many others.
CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou who was prosecuted for the “crime” of revealing torture by the U.S. military, has stated that Assange has no chance of a fair trial in the United States.
The sense that America wants to make an example of Julian Assange for having the temerity to challenge the empire is obvious. With no possibility of ever bringing charges against anyone else, Assange is a convenient “fall guy” that allows the empire to save face.
There have been calls for Wikileaks and Julian Assange to be treated as “enemy combatants” and “terrorists” from both across the political spectrum and across the rabid and influential media, there have been equal calls for the execution of Assange. He is not safe in the United States and Britain must abide by its international legal obligations to protect Assange from the death penalty, serious violations of his human rights and the cruel and inhuman treatment he is likely to face in American custody.