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I am disturbed by the Julian Assange case,  The Department of Justice seeks to extradite Julian Assange from the UK to stand trial in the United States espionage charges.  The facts as I understand them are that Julian Assange ran a Web site called Wikileaks that exposed documents he received from other sources such as […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the recent charges brought against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and dismiss his claim of being a journalist. They also cross the pond to the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May is resigning over the Brexit debacle and size up the race to replace her. Finally, they collectively cringe at what may be the most embarrassing book interview of all time, as a British host politely points out feminist Naomi Wolf based a major portion of her book on an incorrect assumption about historical records.

Julian Assange Is About to Become a Journalist

 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van, after he was arrested by British police, in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been indicted on 17 counts of violating the US Espionage Act, the same act his co-conspirator, Bradley “Call me Chelsea” Manning was convicted of breaking. But in the history of the Act, no third party has ever been successfully tried and convicted. The 52 were either anarchists directly plotting to overthrow the US government or persons who sold or made available American secrets to hostile powers.

Progressives cheered Assange’s arrest in April because they believe him to be an agent of Donald Trump’s, the man who helped disseminate the Hillary Clinton/DNC emails that the mainstream press worked so hard to gloss over. Mrs. Clinton herself chimed in, “The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it’s been charged.” Their mantra has been “Julian Assange is no journalist!” so he is undeserving of First Amendment protection. This is actually been a point of agreement among Progressives and Conservatives. Both National Review and Commentary ran editorials to this effect.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up all crazy martinis Tuesday.  They begin with a report from the UK Guardian newspaper that Paul Manafort met multiple times with Julian Assange in London, including early 2016 when Manafort was about to become chairman for the Trump campaign.  They also get a kick out of Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke abandoning his pledge never to run for president in 2020 just three weeks after making it.  And they wonder whether taxpayers will wind up on the hook again as President Trump tries to stop General Motors from shuttering five plants and laying off thousands of workers in the U.S.

DOJ Preparing Charges Against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

 

CNN reports that US authorities are building a case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and are seeking his arrest:

Last week in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went further than any US government official in describing a role by WikiLeaks that went beyond First Amendment activity.

He said WikiLeaks “directed Chelsea Manning to intercept specific secret information, and it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States.”

Echoes from the Digital Frontier

 

Two interesting, semi-related items caught my eye this week.

The Rehabilitation of Julian Assange
Just a few short years ago, he was despised and rejected of men and women on the conservative side of the aisle for revealing information about Guantanamo and the NSA’s efforts to spy on friend and foe alike. The same people on social media who called him a traitor and demanded he be shot for damaging our intelligence-gathering abilities are now praising him for revealing the true depth and breadth of Clinton’s corruption.

Julian Assange Meets “The Clinton Confounding Principle”

 

Bill-Hillary-Clinton“The Clinton Confounding Principle” can be stated thusly: An attempt to decrease Clinton popularity by scandal causes an equal and opposite increase in Clinton popularity.

This principle has confounded Republicans since 1992. Now Julian Assange is stuck in the inescapable clutches of the CCP. Recall the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

As a sitting President he lied to a federal judge. In sworn testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, he testified he did not have an affair with Monica Lewinsky. He famously admitted later that he did. That’s perjury.

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I had on Fox & Friends this morning. In between their typical fare of the hosts reading tweets about cat videos and running obstacle courses out on 6th Avenue, they had a live interview with . . . Julian Assange. He may not have blabbed earth-shattering news – he’s saving that for his next leak before the election […]

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An Outrageous Gesture from the Pulitzer Prize Committee — John Yoo

 

I’m not surprised that the Pulitzer Prize committee gave the Washington Post and The Guardian US a prize for pursuing the sensationalistic story of Edward Snowden —even though the story is a disaster for the country. Unlike some on both the right and the left, I do not see Snowden as any kind of hero. He should be returned to the United States for prosecution. It is another sign of this Administration’s weakness in foreign affairs that it cannot persuade other countries to turn him over.

I don’t, however, think we need to automatically read the prize as a vindication of Snowden’s crimes. Awarding a prize to a newspaper that covered a hurricane or runs a photo of a grisly crime does not somehow justify the underlying tragedy. Yes, there is a difference here, in that the harm comes from the public release of the material. I’m not sure, however, that the distinction between the event itself and publicity is key.