WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is scheduled to appear in February at a court hearing in Britain to decide whether or not he will be extradited to the U.S. to face trial, according to a ruling by a London judge on Friday.
Assange has been charged with 18 felony counts by the U.S. federal government and could face life in prison if extradited and found guilty. The hearing in Feb. 2020 is expected to last several days.
“WikiLeaks is nothing but a publisher,” Assange said via video link in the courtroom on Friday to defend his actions, according to the BBC.
U.S. officials disagree with Assange’s distinction about his work and want to make an example out of him for publishing information that exposed the incompetence and criminality of the deep state.
“By publishing that unredacted material on the internet, Mr Assange created a grave and imminent risk that human intelligence sources, including journalists, human rights defenders and political activists, would suffer serious physical harm or arbitrary detention,” said Ben Brandon, who is representing the U.S. in the court proceedings.
Jennifer Robinson, Assange’s legal counsel, spoke outside the hearing on her client’s behalf. He was too ill to actually appear in court, as his health has waned rapidly in recent months since being hauled out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
Robinson claimed that Assange being punished for publishing “truthful information about the United States” including “evidence of war crimes, human rights abuse and corruption the world over” would “place a chilling impact” on whistle-blowers and journalists “all over the world.”
WikiLeaks released a letter on their Twitter account signed by 37 members of the European Parliament calling on the European Commission to prevent the extradition of Assange:
37 MEPs call on the European Commission to prevent the extradition of Assange to the US: "his detention constitutes not only an attack on the right to information, which is a fundamental pillar of democracy, but also contravenes both international and European legislation." pic.twitter.com/rTqWxVKV05
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 21, 2019
“His detention constitutes not only an attack on the right to information, which is a fundamental pillar of democracy, but also contravenes both international and European legislation,” the letter reads.
Ford Fischer of News2Share noted that Chelsea Manning, who leaked sensitive military data to Assange exposing war crimes, has been incarcerated for over 100 days now for refusing to cooperate with the Assange investigation.
President Donald Trump, who loved WikiLeaks while he was on the campaign trail, is now overseeing an unprecedented crackdown against the organization’s founder that could have dire, long-standing ramifications against journalistic freedom while in the Oval Office.
General Michael Flynn and Friends Show Their Support for QAnon Movement on Independence Day
Now that he has been exonerated, Flynn is getting hardcore.
General Michael Flynn is a free man, and he thanks the patriots in the controversial QAnon movement for standing by him throughout his tribulations.
He posted a video of his inner circle giving an oath of patriotism on Independence Day that referenced the popular QAnon slogan “where we go one we go all”:
Happy 4th of July 🇺🇸
God Bless America 🇺🇸
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) July 5, 2020
The liberals are really angry that Flynn is lending credence to the QAnon movement, which they claim trafficks in dangerous conspiracy theories. They are particularly anguished that the QAnon movement keeps growing in strength as various suspicious crises hit the American people right before November’s elections.
“Flynn’s message, though alarming, falls into a larger trend: QAnon online activity has been on the rise since the start of the pandemic. As my colleagues Ali Breland and Sinduja Rangarajan reported last month, Google Trends shows that QAnon search terms like “WWG1WGA” (where we go one, we go all) spiked in March as US businesses started to close. Wikipedia’s QAnon page saw a surge in pageviews in March and April,” writer Jackie Flynn Mogensen wrote for left-wing rag Mother Jones.
Big League Politics has reported on the exoneration of Gen. Flynn, whose railroading by the deep state was ultimately unsuccessful:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that they will be dropping the case against General Michael Flynn, which has been marred with corruption and improprieties from its inception.
The Flynn case was a feather in the cap of the special investigation conducted by FBI spook Robert Mueller into Russian collusion. The deep state had hoped to make an example of Flynn, secure a guilty plea from him, and then use it to justify their continued fishing expedition to damage President Donald Trump.
However, things did not turn out the way the entrenched bureaucrats planned. The DOJ announced on Thursday that it is dropping the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”
They came to the conclusion that Flynn’s interview with the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview taking place on January 24, 2017 was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney tasked with reviewing Flynn’s case, made the recommendation to Attorney General Bill Barr that the case be dismissed. Barr followed through with Jensen’s recommendation in a prompt fashion.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” Jensen said in a statement. “I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
Last week, President Trump declared that Flynn was “exonerated” due to the release of court documents showing how the FBI acted improperly throughout the case.
Flynn’s exoneration and his stance in favor of QAnon will certainly put some wind beneath the sails of those who have urged to trust the plan.
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