April 12, 2019
At least the British Labour Party is going to stand up for Assange.
Jeremy Corbyn has said Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US following his forcible removal from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The Labour leader urged the UK government to oppose the attempt to put the 47 year-old WikiLeaks founder to trial for obtaining classified information from former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Assange faces a maximum five year sentence if convicted of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” but officials are said to be considering bringing further charges.
Nearly 12 hours after Assange’s arrest on Thursday morning, Mr Corbyn tweeted: “The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government.”
The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government.pic.twitter.com/CxTUrOfkHt
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 11, 2019
His statement accompanied a video posted by shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who referred to the WikiLeaks founder as a whistleblower who was “being pursued because he has exposed wrongdoing by US administrations and their military forces.”
Ms Abbott said Mr Assange’s extradition could be prevented on “human rights grounds” and cited the case of British hacker Gary McKinnon, whose deportation to the United States was blocked by Theresa May in 2012.
In a radio interview, she was asked repeatedly about allegations of rape made against Mr Assange in Sweden, replying: “Those charges were never brought.”
Prosecutors in Stockholm dropped the rape investigation in 2017 because they “could not advance” while Assange remained in the embassy, but are now considering reopening it.
Ms Abbott told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We all know what this is about. It’s not the rape charges, serious as they are, it’s about Wikileaks.
“All that embarrassing information about the activities of the American military that was made public and that is what it is about.”
Diane Abbot is that horrible Planet of the Apes creature.
So if she’s rallying around Assange, this is clearly a hardline position of Labour. They apparently understand just how popular of a figure Assange is in their party, and don’t have any choice but to oppose the extradition.
The fact that they’ve cleansed the party of Jews certainly makes that position easier to hold.
What is going to be interesting is how the left in America reacts to this. Hillary Clinton and most leftist politicians were of course rejoicing.
But what will AOC say?
She hasn’t tweeted about it, but did retweet this tweet.
This is a real test for the American media. Can they separate their personals feelings toward Assange from the question of whether it is okay to prosecute a publisher for publishing? Matt is right, this is extremely dangerous https://t.co/3O5P2W7MZR
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) April 11, 2019
I’m sure there’s a lot going on behind the scenes, as I think it would be her inclination to support Assange. Although maybe not, because Assange helped nazi racist bad orange man.
Whatever her inclination, I guarantee that the Democrat establishment is very concerned about what she says on this issue.