Assange Smear 6: “He should just go to America and face the music. If he’s innocent he’s got nothing to fear.”
This is the new “He can leave the embassy whenever he wants.” Except this one’s also being bleated by Trump supporters.
The only way to make it feel true for oneself that Assange stands a chance at receiving a fair trial in America is to believe that the US is a just nation with a fair judicial system, especially in the Eastern District of Virginia when trying the cases of people who expose incriminating information about the US war machine. Anyone who believes this has packing foam for brains.
“No national security defendant has ever won a case in the EDVA [Eastern District of Virginia],” Kiriakou told RT upon Assange’s arrest. “In my case, I asked Judge Brinkema to declassify 70 documents that I needed to defend myself. She denied all 70 documents. And so I had literally no defense for myself and was forced to take a plea.”
“He will not, he cannot get a fair trial,” Kiriakou said on a Unity4J vigil when Assange was still at the embassy. “It’s impossible, because the deck is stacked. And everybody knows what’s gonna happen if he comes back to the Eastern District of Virginia. This is the same advice I gave Ed Snowden: don’t come home, because you can’t get a fair trial here. Julian doesn’t have the choice, and that’s what frightens me even more.”
Assange is indeed being extradited to face trial in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manning herself did not get a fair trial according to her lawyer. Anyone who thinks Assange can expect anything resembling justice upon arrival on US soil has their head in something. Power doesn’t work that way. Grow up.
UPDATE 1: It has also been revealed by John Rees of the Don’t Extradite Assange campaign that the US plans on placing Assange under “Special Administrative Measures” once in the US, prior to any trial. This means as soon as Assange touches US soil he’ll disappear into the darkest corner of the American judicial system under extreme isolation, and likely never be heard from again.
UPDATE 2: A Spanish court has heard evidence that Assange’s conversations with his lawyers were recorded by security staff and obtained by US intelligence agencies. This is a severe and illegal intercession on lawyer/client privilege and legal commentators say that it in terms of Assange’s extradition case, this evidence forms a strong legal argument showing that he could not receive a fair trial in the US, and therefore should not be extradited.
Still think sending Assange to America and rolling the dice on the impossible odds of fair treatment would in any way facilitate a just outcome and a just world?
This is an excerpt from the mega-article “Debunking All The Assange Smears”.