A lawyer for whistleblower Julian Assange has confirmed that he has been arrested partly in relation to a request for extradition from the United States.

Writing on Twitter, Jen Robinson said Assange’s arrest in London was “not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request.

In a further tweet, Robinson said the US warrant “was issued in in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning” in early 2010.

WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account also tweeted that Assange has been arrested “for extradition to the United States for publishing.”

It was in 2010 that Assange released the classified US military footage known as ‘Collateral Murder’ of a US Apache helicopter gunship opening fire and killing 12 people, including two Reuters staff.

The footage had been provided to WikiLeaks by US Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who was later tried by a US tribunal and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

 

 

Source: RT

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The US Empire’s deep state & services’ mouth gag strikes again.

p.s. Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction.

But how do You articulate them if You must keep facts secret?

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This is the problem in the military and the intelligence community. Secret is a necessity, at the same time, for sure, we have to deal with the paradox of being democracies and keep the freedoms going with it and having to maintain classified stuff in these domains even if what is classified is contrary to our principles… It’s obvious that the disgusting dictatorships we may read some praising ’em herein, don’t have such problems of consciousness. These hypocrites will even lecture us on this while they send hitmen in OUR lands to liquidate ‘their’ dissidents, e.g. the murder of Chapour… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Suxm the basis of freedom of speech in the US us the first amendment, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Since the Internet was not known – we would add that under press and freedom of speech.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, the agreed limits of press and freedom of speech. There are basically nine categories:

Obscenity
Fighting words
Defamation (including libel and slander)
Child pornography
Perjury
Blackmail
Incitement to imminent lawless action
True threats
Solicitations to commit crimes

Some experts also would add treason, if committed verbally, to that list. Plagiarism of copyrighted material is also not protected.

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So the question is, did WikiLeaks fit into the forbidden field?

Did the WikiLeaks intentionally threaten the security of the US or of US service members.

IMHO WikiLeaks scratched the ego of the Empire and showed that the “Emperor has no clothes” aka the Empire is not on the moral high ground where US services and elite think they are. It takes away the veils and that is the WikiLeaks’ Assange’s crime.

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Explain to us why killing 10 civilians and two news reporters is a classified secret? The victims were the reporters and civilians not the US Government. Heaven forbid the American people know the truth because they may question why the h**l the military is in the middle east, Africa, Europe and who knows where else. The people may demand 1/3 of the budget no longer goes to the military and demand accountability for military personnel and politicians.

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One wonders why Obama released Manning who was under contract not to leak this kind of information but released him/her well in advance of sentence for political reasons. But now were shooting the messenger. Funny US media these days has no problem leaking less secretive information with no consequences.

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@grt, they are shooting the messenger because the first amendment protects only citizens of the Empire. Note that Jesus was only a Jew that had no rights under Imperial law.

One must not forget. AFAIR Obama was a law prof and had reason and chance to apply his knowledge in favor of Manning.

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@Stern Can not have any bad press relating to war when Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams, and Kushner are plotting invasions. Have you not noticed the reports of American soldiers killed are censored and airstrikes no longer published? Americans are against war and Zionists, neocons, and war profiters of all stripes are doing everything to keep things on the down low. Hence internet censorship, Independent news(non corporate media) censorship, and dissident voices attacked/silenced. Newsflash…. Drumpf is the new drone strike king, bypassing Obongo’s kill record. Drones kill the target along with the innocents. Israeli officials refer to innocents as little snakes which… Read more »