Roger Waters Calls Out UK No Extradition Assange Ruling: Just a Delaying Tactic

Roger Waters is just repeating what I said yesterday, because he just sits around and waits for my latest takes before he acts.


Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has demanded immediate release for Julian Assange after a British judge declined a US extradition request, telling RT the WikiLeaks founder’s battle is far from over as Washington eyes an appeal.

“Let the man begin to live,” Waters said in an interview with RT on Monday, insisting Assange must be freed from custody at London’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison without delay, hours after Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled against extradition for the anti-secrecy activist.

“We, [Assange’s] supporters, have to be saying ‘Bail. You have to bail him now.’ He’s suffered way beyond any suffering that should’ve been meted out to him for his one small bail infringement, which is his only crime under UK law. So bail him now.”

While Waters said he was heartened by the “scenes of jubilation” outside the Old Bailey courthouse following the decision, he noted it was “equally sobering” to see that the United States had already filed an appeal “within minutes of the judgement.”

“This is clearly a delaying tactic,” he said of the ruling, adding that lawyers representing Washington “obviously” knew of the judge’s plan to deny extradition “because they have coached Judge Baraitser all the way through the entire… kangaroo court in London.”

Further cautioning against optimism, the rockstar said a US appeal could drag out Assange’s case for “at least another couple of years,” while predicting that Baraitser would not grant him bail.

“She claims he’s a flight risk… She’ll give all the usual reasons. The real reason is, of course, is they want to keep him confined until he dies. That’s what they’re hoping for,” Waters said, adding that while Baraitser declined extradition, she nonetheless “judged that the whole US case against Assange was correct, legally, that the United States won the argument.”

“So let us not run away with the idea that somehow she found that Julian Assange was innocent of the charges brought against him by the United States.”


It was just a technicality.

Although it is also a response to the pressure. Because there is a fair amount of pressure on the British court system to not crucify Assange, and they respond to pressure a lot more than the more authoritarian and soulless (and just generally Jewish) United States court system.

But make no doubt: the plan is the same. The UK government is working directly with the US State Department to crucify this Australian man for doing journalism.

I wish Julian was here with us now, playing video games.