Joe Biden to Continue US Attempt to Extradite Julian Assange for Vindictive Prosecution
President Joe Biden is continuing with a diplomatic effort to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom, continuing an attempt from the Trump administration to prosecute Biden for journalism that embarrassed US elites.
Biden’s Department of Justice released a statement responding to a British court ruling declining an American request to extradite Assange, citing the Australian citizen’s mental condition and the likelihood of his own suicide if incarcerated in the United States’ punitive ADX Florence supermax prison.
“While we are extremely disappointed in the court’s ultimate decision, we are gratified that the United States prevailed on every point of law raised. In particular, the court rejected all of Mr. Assange’s arguments regarding political motivation, political offense, fair trial, and freedom of speech. We will continue to seek Mr. Assange’s extradition to the United States.”
The US government has maintained that Assange unlawfully published confidential information. No evidence suggesting Assange’s journalism endangered US military service members and federal personnel has ever emerged, leading many to question the political nature of the prosecution against Assange.
The US government has until Friday to file a notice of appeal in the decline of extradition. Assange has been incarcerated in HMP Belmarsh for allegedly violating terms of a computer hacking conviction in the 1990’s. The ruling against extradition makes it unlikely he’ll be sent to America to be prosecuted on espionage charges, but Biden’s government seems still determined to ram through the political prosecution.
Assange has been a target of the deep state and oligarchs for years, most prominently for exposing the rigged 2016 Democratic Primary that was orchestrated to box out Bernie Sanders and enshrine Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee.