At Least 17 Assange EDVA Court Filings Unreleased Plus a Sealed Associated Case

Zenaan Harkness zen at
Fri Apr 12 23:18:07 PDT 2019

On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 01:48:16PM -0400, John Young wrote:

Caitlin Johnstone does a good summary and general call to action:

  How You Can Be Certain That The US Charge Against Assange Is

    Julian Assange sits in a jail cell today after being betrayed by
    the Ecuadorian government and his home country of Australia. A
    British judge named Michael Snow has found the WikiLeaks founder
    guilty of violating bail conditions, inserting himself into the
    annals of history by labeling Assange “a narcissist who cannot
    get beyond his own selfish interest.” So that tells you how much
    of a fair and impartial legal proceeding we can expect to see
    from the British judicial process on this matter.

    But the real reason that Assange has been surrendered by the
    Ecuadorian government, imprisoned by the British government, and
    ignored by the Australian government is not directly related to
    any of those governments, but to that of the United States of
    America. An unsealed indictment from the Trump administration’s
    District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, accompanied
    by an extradition request, charges Assange with “conspiracy to
    commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a
    classified U.S. government computer” during Chelsea Manning’s
    2010 leak of government documents exposing US war crimes.

    … [lots a links, quotes etc] …

    The Espionage Act has not at this time been employed to prosecute
    Assange as many have speculated it might, and the computer crimes
    he’s been charged with carry a maximum sentence of five years.
    But this does not mean that further far more serious charges
    cannot be added once Assange is imprisoned on American soil,
    especially after his guilt in the Manning leaks has been made
    official government dogma following the conspiracy conviction.

    “In my opinion this charging Assange with a lower-level crime
    (not espionage) is a trick that would allow the UK to extradite
    him to the US with ‘no threat of capital punishment’ only to have
    US prosecutors do what they always do: pile on charges,” tweeted
    Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Liberty Report, referring to
    assurances sought by the UK and Ecuador that Assange would not
    face the death penalty if extradited to the United States for the
    conspiracy charge.

    Either way, this is a cataclysmic threat to press freedoms, and
    the time to act is now. The US government’s arbitrarily gifting
    itself the right to use fraudulent distortions to imprison anyone
    in the world who publishes facts about it will chill any attempts
    to do so in the future, and poses a far greater threat to press
    freedoms than anything we’ve seen in our lives. Anyone who sits
    idly by while this happens is signing over the sovereign right of
    every human being on this planet to hold power to account, and
    anyone calling themselves a journalist who does anything other
    than unequivocally oppose this move is confessing that they are a
    state propagandist. This is an intolerable plunge toward
    Orwellian dystopia, and is an assault on human dignity itself.

    It’s time to shake the earth and refuse to let them cross this
    line. Enough is enough.

    Roar, humans. Roar.

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