On January 4, 2020, the British judge handling the extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will determine if Assange will end up being extradited to the United States.
Should he end up being extradited to the US, Assange will be tried under the Espionage Act simply for shining light on war crimes that the U.S. government carried out. According to Dave DeCamp of Antiwar.com, Assange could potentially face 175 years in prison. The Trump administration’s Justice Department indicted the WikiLeaks founder on 17 counts of espionage and one county of conspiracy to carry out a computer crime. The charge relates to documents that former U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning sent over to WikiLeaks.
President Donald Trump has been rumored to have been flirting with the idea of pardoning Assange. However, nothing has materialized thus far. Assange’s fiance Stella Moris recently went on Fox News to make the case for pardoning the whistleblower.
“The consequences of a trial against Julian don’t just affect him or us as a family because everyone agrees this is a terrible, terrible case. It’s a terrible case because it is the end of the first amendment,” she stated.
Since April 2019, Assange has been imprisoned in London’s Belmarsh Prison. Nils Melzer, a UN special rappoteur has compared Assange’s treatment in Belmarsh to torture.
Melzer has been an outspoken opponent of the extradition. He accused the U.S. government of criminalizing journalistic activity.
“In essence, the United States is trying to criminalize investigative journalism. That’s the purpose of the extradition request, nothing else,” Melzer asserted.
Exposing the excesses of the military industrial complex will lead to situations similar to what Assange is facing.
Sadly, one of the Trump administration’s biggest failures was not pardoning Assange. He could have given the political establishment the middle finger by doing so.
The incoming Biden administration will undoubtedly find ways to prosecute Assange and have him rot in prison. America First representatives and whistleblowers should campaign hard for decriminalizing whistleblowing that exposes the Deep State. No institution of the corrupt ruling class should be exempt from scrutiny.
No person should deserve such treatment for shedding light on governmental abuse.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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