Judge denies WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bail
LONDON (AP) – A British judge sent Julian Assange to jail on Tuesday, denying bail to the WikiLeaks founder who vowed to fight efforts to extradite him to Sweden in a sex-crimes investigation.
A WikiLeaks spokesman said the flow of secret U.S. diplomatic cables would not be affected by Assange’s legal troubles, nor by the group’s increasingly rocky finances as both Visa and MasterCard cut off key funding methods.
“This will not change our operation,” Kristinn Hrafnsson told The Associated Press. As if to underline the point, WikiLeaks released a dozen new diplomatic cables, its first publication in more than 24 hours, including the details of a NATO defense plan for Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that prompted an indignant response from the Russian envoy to the alliance.
Assange turned himself in to Scotland Yard on Tuesday morning, and was sent to the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in the early afternoon. He showed no reaction as Judge Howard Riddle denied him bail and sent him to jail until his next extradition hearing on Dec. 14.
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Judge denies WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bail
So, Assange is in custody, in England, facing extradition to Sweden on RAPE charges. That may be ALL he faces for some time to come. It seems that Sweden gets top billing on a rape charge while the United States, and our gigantic breach of national security, are now 2nd seed in the pecking order.
I have read many blogs and heard numerous media stories concerning Julian Assange and WikiLeaks lately. The opinions and suggestions expressed regarding what Assange should face regarding these disclosures, should we get OUR hands on him, are all over the map.
Some of the WikiLeaks release is very critical and classified information. Some is not too terribly important and thus causes minimal damage. Some was undoubtedly of no consequence and had little, if any, value on the market to those that seek to possess American secrets.
Some say that the WikiLeaks release isn’t such a bad thing. To some degree, I have to agree with that analysis it the sense that this debacle points out the drastic need for improved security procedures within the U.S. military.
I heard that there was a $50K reward on Assange. My only question was; Dead or Alive.
I have heard bloggers and TV news talking heads suggest that Assange needs to be tried for treason. I am guessing that those folks either don’t know what treason is, or, don’t realize that Assange is an Australian and NOT a U.S. citizen.
treason — noun
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
I just can’t see the United States placing Assange on trial for acts of treason. I can however, see the United States charging him, and prosecuting him, under the Espionage Act of 1917.
The Espionage Act
The Espionage Act of 1917 (USC 18, Pt 1, Ch 37) is a United States federal law passed on June 15, 1917, shortly after the U.S. entry into World War I.
It prohibited any attempt to interfere with military operations, to support America’s enemies during wartime, to promote insubordination in the military, or to interfere with military recruitment. In 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Schenck v. United States that the act did not violate the free speech rights of those convicted under its provisions. SOURCE
I also believe that the entire staff of WikiLeaks, each and every person involved with the release of this information should be tried under charges stemming from The Espionage Act.
There is one person that, in MY opinion, should be charged with treason AND violation of The Espionage Act. That person being Bradley E. Manning.
Private First Class Bradley E. Manning (born 1987) is a United States Army soldier who has been arrested and charged with the unauthorized use and disclosure of U.S. classified information.
Manning was an intelligence analyst assigned to a support battalion with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Contingency Operating Station Hammer, Iraq. Agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command arrested Manning based on information received from federal authorities provided by an American informant, Adrian Lamo, in whom Manning had previously confided. Lamo said that Manning claimed, via instant messaging, to be the person who had leaked the “Collateral Murder” video of a helicopter airstrike on July 12, 2007, in Baghdad. Additionally, a video of the Granai airstrike and around 260,000 diplomatic cables were released to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.
Manning was charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) with violations of UCMJ Articles 92 and 134, for “transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system,” and “communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source”. Manning is currently awaiting an Article 32 hearing. SOURCE
I have read several article, the above link for one, that says Bradley Manning is a homosexual and his actions stem from his anger against the military and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy it employees.
That may well be Manning’s rationale for betraying his nation. Be that as it may, it is NO excuse. An American citizen, an American service member, that would betray his nation and endanger countless lives over his HOMOSEXUAL agenda only brings me to the conclusion that our military is NOT vetting it’s personnel well enough before placing them in critical positions that can affect the security of the entire nation, our military and our Intelligence officers.
Manning was a Private First Class, with a TOP SECRET clearance. He was an Intel Analyst. In my opinion, that is indicative of a need to secure this nation and our Intel sources even more.
Assange is a scumbag for releasing this data via WikiLeaks, of that there is no doubt, but as a friend told me today, “The New York Times would have released it if Manning had dropped in their lap…”
I personally wish to see Assange and WikiLeaks put fully, completely and totally out of business from this day forward. I would love to hear that they had been hacked by someone and had their entire operation put into meltdown, but Assange is not the only guilty party in this brouhaha.
Manning, and anyone that was even remotely complicit to HIS act of treason, need(s) to be stood against a wall and shot dead. And our military needs to take a step back, re-evaluate their own security procedures and those that can access it.
Physician heal thyself!