Political Editors / Apr. 11, 2019

The Assange Arrest

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will finally face justice for leaking intelligence.

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly bundled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and into a waiting British police van on Thursday,” reports the Associated Press, “setting up a potential court battle over attempts to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents.” He was “arrested on behalf of the United States authorities,” London police said, and the U.S. quickly filed charges of conspiracy to disclose classified information.

Assange has spent the last seven years hiding away in Ecuador’s embassy, but evidently, President Lenin Moreno had had enough. “The discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable,” Moreno said.

In 2010, info anarchist Assange conspired with U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning (now “Chelsea” after his taxpayer-funded gender reassignment while he was in prison for treason) to dump 750,000 purloined classified U.S. military documents on the Web. It was the most significant intelligence compromise in United States history, but Barack Obama, as a gift to his constituents suffering from chronic gender dysphoria, actually commuted Manning’s sentence just before departing office in January of 2017 — one of the most inexcusable actions of Obama’s tenure. Astoundingly, emboldened by that commutation, in 2018 Manning mounted a run for Senate in Maryland.

Assange’s WikiLeaks was also involved in the 2016 release of hacked DNC emails, which was timed “to heighten their impact on the 2016 presidential election” and was allegedly coordinated with Russian military intelligence. That was a topic of interest in the Mueller investigation, now concluded and on life support. That connection to 2016 means Assange is one or all of three things: a bright, shiny distraction from Bob Barr’s spy statement, the opening salvo of the Great Russia Collusion Correction, or a peace offering from the Brits. One thing’s for sure: Donald Trump will not be commuting any future conviction and sentence Assange receives.

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