Finally, the U.S. government has won its appeal of a British court ruling barring Julian Assange’s extradition on Espionage Act charges, setting the stage for the WikiLeaks founder to be sent to the U.S. to face trial.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been running afoul of Swedish and American authorities since 2010, and now he’s finally getting bad news for Christmas in 2021.
The US government has pursued Assange’s extradition to face espionage charges since his organization, WikiLeaks, released classified military cables in 2010 and 2011.
WikiLeaks releases thousands of secret classified files and diplomatic cables that laid bare often highly critical U.S. appraisals of world leaders from Russian President Vladimir Putin to members of the Saudi royal family.
Excerpt from Reuters report in relation to Assange’s extradition:
“Judge Timothy Holroyde said he was satisfied with a package of assurances given by the United States about the conditions of Assange’s detention, including a pledge not to hold him in a so-called “ADX” maximum-security prison in Colorado and that he could be transferred to Australia to serve his sentence if convicted.”
Deep State Rabbit Hole reported previous charges against Assange with Swedish authorities:
Swedish authorities initially attempted to capture Assange to prosecute him for alleged sexual assaults against three women. He came to the attention of the American intelligence and law enforcement communities following the arrest and trial of Pvt. Bradley (aka Chelsea) Manning and the sudden emergence of hundreds of classified diplomatic cables, videos, and reports on WikiLeaks which thoroughly embarrassed the most powerful men and women in the world.
Assange has been in detention since he was arrested in April 2019 for skipping bail during a separate legal battle. Before that, he spent seven years holed up inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London. Assange sought protection in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Many if not most employees of media corporations hate Assange and are fine seeing him imprisoned because he’s broken more major stories than all of them combined.
Many if not most Democrats feel the same because his accurate 2016 reporting reflected poorly on Hillary & the DNC.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 9, 2021
Lastly, Deep State Rabbit Hole’s commentary of Julian Assange’s case:
Like so many other questions in the world today, that of whether Julian Assange is a heroic journalist or a global criminal guilty of aiding and abetting espionage on an epic scale, a sexual predator, or a victim of false accusation is as much a politically driven decision as any other.
Simply put, the facts have not been borne out, Assange has never stood trial for his crimes, only for possible extradition to either Sweden or the U.S., and until he has his day in court the world will never know with any certainty. President Donald Trump was lobbied to pardon Assange and chose not to do so. To date neither have President Obama or the Biden-Harris regime, suggesting that perhaps some things are still bipartisan. Republican or Democrat, it seems the government still wants him to stand before the court.