Donald Trump’s administration is after Julian Assange and it serves as a warning to us all

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being aggressively pursued by the Trump administration, despite Donald Trump’s enthusiastic embrace during the 2016 election campaign.

Mr Trump famously declared “I love WikiLeaks” during the campaign as WikiLeaks began rolling out a series of leaks damaging to Hillary Clinton.

Mr Assange — an Australian citizen — is now charged with 17 counts of espionage and one count of hacking and faces a possible 175 years in jail if he is eventually extradited to the United States and found guilty.

The Obama administration also looked at the possibility of charging Mr Assange with espionage but eventually decided that a prosecution under the espionage act would be too problematic.

They concluded that if the US courts could charge WikiLeaks with publishing the classified information, they could also charge The New York Times.

The Trump administration obviously doesn’t feel The New York Times problem is so acute.  .  .  . ”


2 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s administration is after Julian Assange and it serves as a warning to us all

  1. And…not a word from the Australian Government. Assange is an Australian citizen and at some stage one would have thought that this whole saga would involve some kind of response from our Government. But not a word. So much for being an Aussi!

  2. Right, Gerard. You may think we’re being treated as though we’re Americans! The only thing is, we’re not entitled to vote in American elections!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s