WikiLeaks- Is It A Witch-hunt?
Is the persecution of Julian Assange just to take the spotlight off of Obama, the biggest leak[er] of them all? What is good for the goose my friend, should be just as good for the gander.
By de Andréa
August 19, 2012
Julian Assange, founder of the Wikileaks on line blog, has no place to hang his leaky computer these days. A man, now seemingly without a country, has at least temporarily been granted asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He says that he is not so concerned what Great Britain will do to him or even Sweden for that matter but his greatest fear is that they will give him up to the United States - and Obama…
Assange speaks from the Ecuador embassy balcony, and slams Obama’s ‘witch hunt’.
Julian Assange emerged from a window onto a small balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in
last Sunday, where he made his first
public remarks since being granted asylum. London
"I ask President Obama to do the right thing," said Assange, who's been holed up in the embassy since June. "The
must renounce its witch hunt against
WikiLeaks. The United
must dissolve its FBI investigation. The
must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters." United States
A crowd of 200 gathered near the embassy to hear Assange speak as dozens of
police officers--who had created a
wide barrier in front of the embassy--stood watch. London
Watch a Slideshow: The scene outside the embassy.
foreign minister announced that the country would grant asylum to Assange,
defying threats by the British government to storm the Ecuadorian embassy and
extradite Assange to ,
where he is wanted for questioning in cases of alleged rape and sexual
"We have decided to grant political asylum to him," Ricardo Patino said at the end of a long televised statement from the Ecuadorian capital of
Quito, where he criticized the U.S. and governments for failing to
protect Assange from political persecution. U.K.
"The sun came up on a different world," Assange said, "and a courageous Latin American nation took a stand for justice."
Assange also called for the release of Bradley Manning, the former
army intelligence analyst accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. "If Bradley Manning did as he is
accused, he is a hero and an example to all of us and one of the world's
foremost political prisoners," Assange said. U.S.
Assange fears that if he were extradited to Sweden, he would immediately be extradited to the United States, which has condemned WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents, he is afraid that he will encounter the same fate as Bradley Manning. Assange and his supporters say the
U.S. would charge him with espionage; the
has not said whether or not it would pursue charges against him. U.S.
The foreign minister said that
Ecuador asked Sweden
to promise it would not extradite Assange to the United
States, but refused. Sweden
Related article: Ecuador grants Assange asylum; UK vows to 'carry out' extradition anyway.
It's unclear what will happen to Assange now.
authorities say his asylum is
a violation of his probation, and he'll be arrested if he tried to leave the
embassy. "We will not allow Mr.
Assange safe passage out of the U.K. ," British Foreign
Secretary William Hague said at a press conference last week. "Nor is there any legal basis for us to
do so. The United
Kingdom does not recognize
the principle of diplomatic asylum." United Kingdom
In 2010, Swedish prosecutors in
to question Assange about alleged sex crimes involving a pair of former
WikiLeaks volunteers. Assange claims the
charges are part of an international smear campaign stemming from WikiLeaks'
publication of diplomatic cables. Stockholm
After a brief international manhunt, Assange turned himself in to
police in December 2010. He was granted
bail and placed under house arrest. After
Assange's appeals to fight his extradition to London were denied, he fled to the
Ecuadorean Embassy. Sweden
THE BOTTOM LINE: Don’t misunderstand my intent, or purpose for writing this article. I do not condone the leaking of classified information of any kind no matter what it is or who it is, especially when you are part of any kind of Government operation such as Bradley Manning a U.S. Army specialist in intelligence in
. But while Assange and Manning may be facing
life in prison or even the death penalty for treason and/or espionage,
president Obama leaks military intelligence live on NBC and is called a hero! Iraq
There is something about this that somehow seems out of balance to me. My opinion… and I can give my opinion because this is my blog, my opinion is that this prosecution no matter how warranted it is, is an attempted smokescreen to pass the attention away from Obama’s own treasonous behavior and on to WikiLeaks and Manning. I would go so far as to say, I suspect a fabricated smear of Julian Assange in the
sex charges, if only because this is not beyond the
perimeter of what Obama is capable of. Sweden
So I guess what I am trying to say is… If we are going to persecute and/or prosecute Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as well as Bradley Manning for treasonous attacks on America and condemn them to death for their’ actions, then we should also charge Obama with high-treason and if he is found guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war he should also be condemned to death. Watch a video titled Dishonorable Disclosures and you will see what I mean.
What is good for the goose is good for the gander my friend.
Remember this, come November…