By Joe Jarvis
The US government can’t simply charge the man behind WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, with rebel journalism.
So they charged him with computer crimes, because he published classified evidence of US war crimes.
But before the US could punish him, they had to get their hands on him. Sovereignman.com explained how they did that:
Ecuador recently expelled Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, from its embassy in London.
He had been living there with asylum since 2012, fearing extradition to the United States.
Assange helped leaked top secret information exposing US war crimes in the middle east. And last year it was revealed that the US indeed filed a sealed indictment against him.
Now he will be extradited to the Land of the Free to face charges related to computer hacking.
But the timing of Ecuador’s revocation of his asylum raises some suspicions.
Less than two months before Ecuador expelled Julian Assange from its embassy, it secured a $4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The last time the IMF gave a loan to Ecuador was 2016. That was only $364 million, and it was to help them rebuild after a devastating earthquake.
The USA is the largest shareholder in the IMF (and is known to use cash to exert international pressure).
The timing seems a little too perfect to be a coincidence.
But now the USA has to actually prosecute Assange.
And to bolster the case, they wanted his accomplice to testify against him.
Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) was the Army Intelligence Analyst who leaked the classified documents to Assange. Manning served seven years of a 35-year sentence before Obama commuted her sentence.
But since March 8, she’s been back in jail, held in contempt of court for refusing to testify to a Grand Jury against Julian Assange. Last week, a three-judge panel denied Manning’s appeal to be released.
These judges act like medieval rulers, jailing people at their whim for refusing to say whatever the rulers demand.
Apparently a judge’s contempt of court order trumps due process, the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, and all semblance of Western legal standards.
Just think about how dictatorial the US is acting.
Because a journalist revealed war crimes, the US issues a secret indictment. They pay off a foreign government to get their hands on him. And they arrest and imprison a witness for refusing to say what they want.
This should raise alarms to everyone who still thinks due process and fairness exist in the American judicial system. This is how banana republics act.
You can read more from Joe Jarvis at The Daily Bell.
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