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Trump’s Betrayal of Julian Assange

The real tragedy of the Trump presidency is nowhere better demonstrated than in Trump’s 180 degree turn away from Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity:

One thing we’ve learned from the Trump Presidency is that the “deep state” is not just some crazy conspiracy theory. For the past three years we’ve seen that deep state launch plot after plot to overturn the election.

It all started with former CIA director John Brennan’s phony “Intelligence Assessment” of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. It was claimed that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed that Putin put Trump in office, but we found out later that the report was cooked up by a handful of Brennan’s hand-picked agents.

Donald Trump upset the Washington apple cart as presidential candidate and in so doing he set elements of the deep state in motion against him.

One of the things candidate Donald Trump did to paint a deep state target on his back was his repeated praise of Wikileaks, the pro-transparency media organization headed up by Australian journalist Julian Assange. More than 100 times candidate Trump said “I love Wikileaks” on the campaign trail.

Trump loved it when Wikileaks exposed the criminality of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, as it cheated to deprive Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party nomination. Wikileaks’ release of the DNC emails exposed the deep corruption at the heart of US politics, and as a candidate Trump loved the transparency.

Then Trump got elected.

The real tragedy of the Trump presidency is nowhere better demonstrated than in Trump’s 180 degree turn away from Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. “I know nothing about Wikileaks,” he said as president. “It’s really not my thing.”

US pressure and bribes to the Ecuadorian government ended Assange’s asylum and his seven years in a room at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. After his dramatic arrest by London’s Metropolitan Police last April, he has been effectively tortured in British jails at the behest of the US deep state.

Today, Monday the 24th of February, Assange faces an extradition hearing in a UK courthouse. The Trump Administration – led by a man who praised Assange’s work – seeks a show trial of Assange worthy of the worst of the Soviet era. The US is seeking a 175 year prison sentence.

The Trump Administration argues that the Australian Assange should be tried and convicted of espionage against a country of which he is not a citizen. At the same time the Trump Administration argues that the First Amendment does not apply to Assange because he is not an American citizen! So Assange is subject to US law when it comes to publishing information embarrassing to the US deep state but he is not subject to the law of the land – the US Constitution – which protects all journalists and is the backbone of our system of government.

It is ironic that a President Trump who has been victim of so much deep state meddling has done the deep state’s bidding when it comes to Assange and Wikileaks. President Trump should preempt the inevitable US show trial of Assange by granting the journalist blanket pardon under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The deep state Trump is serving by persecuting Assange is the same deep state that continues to plot Trump’s own ouster. Free Assange!

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James Hunter
James Hunter
February 26, 2020

POWER AND CORRUPTION, TWO BEST FRIENDS… Is it mainly the most known US of Aggression friendship in the whole world? As a Northern citizen too close to the US of Agg, it’s impossible for me to say NO! Even in your unreal torturing situation I wish you the maximum of luck, Julian Assange! Who knows what could happen to those crooked politicians in a near future. More famous persons of all trades should join Roger Waters to keep the global pressure on the US of Aggression, the most murdering country in the world, the TERRORIST of the terrorists. I HATE… Read more »

T W Huning
T W Huning
February 26, 2020

The country needs an amendment establishing a six year mandatory one term presidency, a president who can serve only one term. Then the president won’t have to spend his term running for re-election considering the political ramifications of every move he makes.

America; Pure Pathos
America; Pure Pathos
February 26, 2020

Tells me all I need to know about Trump’s lack of character. Jokes about releasing alleged Wiki files on Clinton, then sells Assange down the river. Red or Blue, America is screwed.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  America; Pure Pathos
February 27, 2020

His character is shady for sure. I think the character of most politicians is shady.

Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

Julian Assange will not be the last person that Trump has thrown under the bus. This is the dark side of Trump, which I do not like at all.

Nicholas Hazen
Nicholas Hazen
February 28, 2020

Trump is still at risk by the Deep State who would rather have Pence who salutes and behaves predictably.

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