WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was ordered by British authorities on Friday to appear in a London court to figure out whether he can be let out of prison while his extradition status is determined.
Assange has been holed up in the high-security Belmarsh prison since April, amidst widespread allegations of mistreatment and abuse by authorities. His supporters worry that he may receive the same treatment as Jeffrey Epstein, another man who knew many secrets and died mysteriously in August while imprisoned, if he is extradited to the United States.
Many independent observers and individuals close to Assange fear the worst, as the controversial information liberator’s health continues to rapidly deteriorate behind bars. His long-time confinement and detention have taken a massive toll.
The UK Gov is unlawfully slowly killing my son!
Then against ALL medical advice threw him into a prison cell https://t.co/AJxqACDLpo
— Mrs Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) May 29, 2019
Nils Melzer, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture who examined Assange in prison with two medical examiners, has accused authorities of creating an “extremely hostile and arbitrary environment” for the whistleblower’s advocate.
Melzer believes that the deep state is engaging in a “relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange.”
If Assange is extradited to the U.S., he faces charges under the Espionage Act that could put him behind bars for 175 years – if he isn’t found dead before he can stand trial.
Assange has been ordered by London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court judge Tan Ikram to appear in person on Oct. 21 for a hearing on his case. His fate will ultimately be determined at a final extradition hearing on Feb. 28 of next year.
At this point, Assange has only appeared in court on a video feed. He is arguing that his poor health prevents him from being a flight risk, and he should no longer be confined behind bars as he awaits his extradition hearing.
The U.S. federal authorities have no pity on Assange, and they hope to make an example out of the man who has exposed their embarrassing and incriminating secrets to the world.
“The Department takes seriously the role of journalists and our democracy and we support it,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said after Assange’s charges.
“It has not and never been the Department’s policy to target them for reporting. Julian Assange is no journalist, this is made plain by the totality of his conduct as alleged in the indictment,” Demers added.
The organization Assange founded, WikiLeaks, continues to advocate on his behalf while he is incarcerated.
6 months ago today Assange was illegally arrested in the Ecuadorian embassy, now a political prisoner in Belmarsh where he is not serving any sentence but is awaiting his extradition for publishing the truth and facing 175 years in the USA https://t.co/3KervGH5a8
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 11, 2019
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ACCOUNTABILITY: President Trump Fires Deep State Snitch Who Triggered Impeachment Hysteria
Trump made the announcement to Congress on Friday.
President Donald Trump is taking out the trash now that the impeachment witch hunt against him has subsided, and he has fired a deep state snitch instrumental in getting the impeachment proceedings off the ground.
Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, a Department of Justice attorney who served as the Intelligence Community Inspector General, after Atkinson notified Congress last year about the “whistleblower” complaint filed by CIA operative Eric Ciaramella. This prompted months of hysteria that ultimately found no evidence of Trump committing any wrongdoing.
“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as President, have the power of appointment … it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” Trump wrote in his letter to Congress. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.”
Leading Democrats are not happy about Trump cleaning house and removing deep state operatives from power.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is demanding that the President to “immediately cease his attacks on those who sacrifice to keep America safe, particularly during this time of national emergency.”
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that the firing is “another blatant attempt by the President to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.”
“This retribution against a distinguished public servant for doing his job and informing Congress of an urgent and credible whistleblower complaint is a direct affront to the entire inspector general system,” Schiff said in a statement.
“In the midst of a national emergency, it is unconscionable that the President is once again attempting to undermine the integrity of the intelligence community by firing yet another an intelligence official simply for doing his job,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“When you speak truth to power, you should be a hero. But in this administration, when you speak truth to power, all too often, you get fired,” Schumer said during an appearance on CNN.
Republican lawmakers are generally pleased with the President’s decision to remove Atkinson.
“Like any political appointee, the Inspector General serves at the behest of the Executive. However, in order to be effective, the IG must be allowed to conduct his or her work independent of internal or external pressure,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-KY), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“It is my hope the next nominee for the role of ICIG will uphold the same important standards laid out by Congress when we created this role,” he added.
“The intelligence community inspector general is particularly essential to ensuring the nation’s secrets are well protected and powerful, highly invasive surveillance authorities are not abused. Going forward the ICIG must step up its focus on investigating those abuses and preventing leaks of classified information,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said.
Trump is finally starting to drain the swamp by removing some of these career bureaucrats from position of authority in Washington D.C.
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