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Australian lawmakers to urge release of Julian Assange during U.S. visit

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Let him go.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

Give him 20 years to think about divulging Classified Information…he knew what he was doing and what the consequences were.

Good luck, but likely, Biden will let him off the hook too, so people will see there is nothing that will happen to them if they break Federal Law

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Nope.

Julian was a nasty little man who thought he could endanger sources and methods and just walk away scott-free. And when held to account, rather than face justice and state his case, he ran into an embassy and made a nusance of himself for years.

Now he is going to face the consequences of his actions.

It's a coin flip which would be "less plesant": ADX Florence AKA "Super Max" or Gitmo.

In Gitmo, Julian's pasty white skin might spontaneously burst into flames, but at least he would see the sky. In ADX Florence, his entire view of the outside world for the (likely) remainder of his existence would be through a 10 cm wide window.

And he brought it on himself.

Either way, so long Jules. You will be remembered but not missed until you are no longer even worthy of rememberance. Kind of like Eric Rudolph.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Everyone behind his arrest and detention should be be put in prison themselves for life.

who thought he could endanger sources and methods

This statement is utter insanity.

All the U.S. government is doing across the globe is war mongering and profiteering off it and their harassment and proxy imprisonment of Assange is all about hiding the truth of their illegal and evil activities.

Why did the U.S. government hide the "collateral murder" files from the publid? Simple. Because they murder journalists the same as Vladmir Putin.

Why did they hide PRISM? Simple. Because they want to spy on, control, and censor their own citizens the same as Xi Jinping.

Now they torture and imprison Assange quite publically, and the reason is to literally terrorize journalists who might expose their murderous and criminal activities. Not one good thing or person was harmed by Assange publishing the truth.

The U.S. is run by an oligarchy, same as the oligarchies they claim to oppose on moral grounds....while they do the EXACT same evil and scummy things, but no a bigger scale. Only the brainwashed cannot see this. But there are plenty of paid liars on the net too. Guess who pays them.

And right now Matt Taibbi is exposing the truth of U.S. government censorship on the net even before the few Congressmen who are actually decent enough to listen to the awful truth. Taibbi is a hero. Assange is a hero. Snowden is a hero. Manning is a hero.

Those in and in control of the U.S. government working to silence the truth are literally traitors to the country and the American people, and so are those who speak for more censorship and silencing.

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I'm no fan of Assange, but I'm against him being extradited. He did not commit the alleged crime while in the USA. Does that mean I have to obey US laws while living in the UK? I think his actions should be considered under UK law, and if he broke any UK laws he should be tried there.

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Give him 20 years to think about divulging Classified Information…he knew what he was doing and what the consequences were.

More insanity. Assange is not even a U.S. citizen. What the U.S. gov. classifies (and they classify emails for personal coffee liasons) has absolutely no bearing on Julian Assange.

And the U.S. government has been utterly abusing the PRIVILEGE of classifying documents and have been for decades. What they doing now with that PRIVILEGE is simply treason to the American people.

The persecution, torture and imprisonment of Julian Assange is utterly evil and false.

What America and Britian are doing to Assange are worthy of a declaration of war by Australia. They are behaving the same as North Korea with regard to Otto Warmbier. The U.S. is utterly rogue at this point and the U.K. is its evil lapdog partner.

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Let's see...

if Mark Sucksburg sells your private data to governments and advertising firms = a hero & millionaire

If Assange freely gives away the data that the government has been secretly collecting about you = a villain.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Is this also the fault of the Japanese Government? Seems like something a Japanese would do

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

who thought he could endanger sources and methods

This statement is utter insanity.

I will tell you what is insanity. The idea that a hacker or group thereof could expose sources and methods and then try to hide behind being a journalist and/or an "extreme transparency" idealist (except for when it comes to his own foibles that is. Then it's nobody else's business) and think that there isn't going to be a reckoning.

He posted names and other personal information putting sources and agents lives at risk. And dumb enough to think that was ok.

if Mark Sucksburg sells your private data to governments and advertising firms = a hero & millionaire

Easy with the whataboutism there, Trigger. Zuck is no rose, and he deserves his own reckoning but THIS article is about Julian and his one-sided (noticed he never did this to the Russians or the Chinese. That could be one reason he is still breathing today as we type) outing of sources and methods.

And Zuck, profiteer that he is, spreader of Russian disinformation for profiter that his is, has to the best of my knowledge never dumped tens of thousands of classified docs on to the open web for our adversaries to pick apart.

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He posted names and other personal information putting sources and agents lives at risk. And dumb enough to think that was ok.

Big claim (and false) .

Back it up with a name or source that was at risk.

Assange posted the video of the illegal killing of a Reuters cameraman and people who came to aid him.

This a video that the Pentagon and the US government said did not exist.

Wasn't so hard for Chelsea Manning to find.

THAT IS HIS CRIME IN THE EYES OF THE WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT.

And that is why he must be punished.

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They can urge all they want, hackers must be punished.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Where was Barnaby Joyce defending Assange while he was in government as Deputy PM? Joyce was in an excellent position to lobby for Assange'S release, but did he do anything?

Keepyer InternetpointsToday  03:22 pm JST

Everyone behind his arrest and detention should be be put in prison themselves for life.

Agree 100%. And anyone who thinks he should stay locked up should take a good hard look at themselves. Assange is one of the few people with the guts to stand between us and deeply corrupt governments and their bureaucracies, shining a light on how they play games to entrench their power. He's a bit like that student who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square, but at least we know of his whereabouts. But I think the US government would have disappeared him too if they though they could get away with it.

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The treachery of Julian Assange.... Nick Cohen

The WikiLeaks founder, far from being a champion of freedom, is an active danger to the real seekers of truth

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/sep/18/julian-assange-wikileaks-nick-cohen

Assange extradition could finally bring a cowardly fake to justice.

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He posted names and other personal information putting sources and agents lives at risk. And dumb enough to think that was ok.

Vague claims about an alternate reality.

Who died? Nobody save those murdered by the U.S. government.

Nobody died for the secrets being told? Why? Because there was never any need for the secrecy.

It was treason to cover all those things up. And you keep promoting treason against the American people and their right to know.

And you keep promoting a ridiculous concept of extra-territorial policing of non-citizens. Your words are poison. But I welcome them, because I have plenty of antidote for the sickness you keep posting.

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Easy with the whataboutism there, Trigger. Zuck is no rose, and he deserves his own reckoning but THIS article is about Julian and his one-sided (noticed he never did this to the Russians or the Chinese. That could be one reason he is still breathing today as we type) outing of sources and methods.

Ever considered that Assange likely can't read Russian or Chinese, so wouldn't have any idea what 's releasing? Sure, he could have brought in Russian or Chinese speakers to read through any documents released to him. Or maybe he was never supplied with anything reliable in Russian or Chinese that he could use.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Chelsea Manning: ‘I struggle with the so-called free world compared with life in prison’

Long read..

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/22/chelsea-manning-leaked-military-documents-free-world-prison

Did Assange ruthlessly take advantage of 22 year old Chelsea Manning venerability, mental health issues to further his own political agenda?

Manning is forgiving, others less so

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Julian was a nasty little man 

We see dozens of nasty little men in the news every day. They live in luxury with blood on their hands and their high office and society's shameless raising of them on a pedestal make a mockery of any idea of human "justice".

If extradited, Assange faces a sentence of up to 175 years in a maximum-security prison.

What an absurdly draconian sentence for a man who tried to expose to the world the heinous crimes committed in the name of "democracy" (and when compared to the crimes of the cabal of traitors attempting to destroy America's democratic election system who will never have to face 175 years - HYPOCRISY writ large!). Btw., shouldn't the Australians be visiting the Poms who have banged Assange up in decrepit Belmarsh. It's they who hold him not the "holier than thou" Masters of Guantanamo.

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Algernon LaCroixSep. 5 09:20 pm JST

Easy with the whataboutism there, Trigger. Zuck is no rose, and he deserves his own reckoning but THIS article is about Julian and his one-sided (noticed he never did this to the Russians or the Chinese. That could be one reason he is still breathing today as we type) outing of sources and methods.

Ever considered that Assange likely can't read Russian or Chinese, so wouldn't have any idea what 's releasing? Sure, he could have brought in Russian or Chinese speakers to read through any documents released to him. Or maybe he was never supplied with anything reliable in Russian or Chinese that he could use.

So once again it comes back to taking the easy target and hacking the free world.

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So, why isn't it a 'brutal crackdown on dissent, free speech, and press freedom' when the US does it?

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RichardPearceToday  03:41 am JST

So, why isn't it a 'brutal crackdown on dissent, free speech, and press freedom' when the US does it?

Because hacking is not free speech or press freedom. It's quite clear.

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They can urge all they want, hackers must be punished.

OK kid, LOL !!!....

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

So once again it comes back to taking the easy target and hacking the free world.

It's not a matter of picking easy targets, it's picking targets you can identify. If he doesn't have access to Russian or Chinese info, there's not much he can do, is there? But I think he despises crooked governments everywhere, and that includes China's and Russia's as well as those in the West.

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