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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange faces U.S. extradition judgment day

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Time to face the musics, Mr. Assange. Or you could keep giving the US free jail time.

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I'm no fan of Assange, but I'm against the extradition. It suggests that while living in the UK, I have to obey US laws.

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The US is persecuting a journalist/publisher.

They have no right to petulantly lecture other countries.

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albaleoToday  05:16 pm JST

I'm no fan of Assange, but I'm against the extradition. It suggests that while living in the UK, I have to obey US laws.

Nations sign extradition treaties because those indicted and charged could simply evade prosecution by leaving the country.

You don't have to obey US laws while living in the UK, just obey UK laws.

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WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military documents on Washington's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - the largest security breaches of their kind in U.S. military history - along with swathes of diplomatic cables.

Julian Assange was and still is fully aware acts of this nature come with risk, severe repercussions, Assange is fortunate not to be facing capital punishment.

Assange put lives at risk, servicemen, security services. men and women that devoted themsleves to protecting saving lives many under extreme danger.

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No wonder the USA ranks so lowly in Freedom of the Press (42nd - Problematic) behind such bastions of freedom as Chile, Armenia and Romania.

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In April 2010 it published a classified video showing a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.

Did anyone go to jail over the murder of the news staff….Oh that’s right the US believes in do what I say not what I do! Land of the free indeed!

So embarrassed of the UK and Australian government for kowtowing to their master!

Free Assange Now!

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Do you honestly believe for one moment, the governments of China, or Russia would forgive and forget such betrayal actions?

We can all "what about" yet we all know that Journalist's, political opponents in despot regimes are liquidated harshly without trial.

Julian Assange will be afforded a fair trial, he will be able to have his day in court.

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You can say and print anything in the US ,the press can tell about US secret government operations, without any restrictions

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If Journalists, Politicians, servicemen publish clandestinely official secrets, that will inevitably put the forces personal lives at risk, it game over, you must face the consequences.

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Nations sign extradition treaties because those indicted and charged could simply evade prosecution by leaving the country.

Right. If I rob a bank in the US then escape to the UK I can be extradited. I committed the crime in the US. But Assange's case is different. The UK has an extradition agreement with the US that allows extradition of people to the US for crimes that were committed while in the UK. An example of such a case is at the link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-14339901

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It is important to understand the role of The European Court of Human Rights.....

Please read...

Assange wins legal lifeline against extradition to the US – but there’s a sting in the tail

https://theconversation.com/assange-wins-legal-lifeline-against-extradition-to-the-us-but-theres-a-sting-in-the-tail-226614

This is for balance.

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albaleoToday  06:34 pm JST

Nations sign extradition treaties because those indicted and charged could simply evade prosecution by leaving the country.

Right. If I rob a bank in the US then escape to the UK I can be extradited. I committed the crime in the US. But Assange's case is different. The UK has an extradition agreement with the US that allows extradition of people to the US for crimes that were committed while in the UK.

You can't rob a bank by physical force over the internet. But you can certaibly "rob" a back by emptying out accounts from another country.

The idea that you have to physically be in the country to comit a crime is no longer applicable. All of Assange's charghes apply to acts that could be have been comitted from anywhere. Welcome to the 21st Century.

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Be vigilant, time served and plea deal .......Ho hum

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Navalny was quickly killed, but Assange killing is going slowly. This is the only difference between two strong sides using force to rule the planet, no difference...

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albaleoMay 19 05:16 pm JST

I'm no fan of Assange, but I'm against the extradition. It suggests that while living in the UK, I have to obey US laws.

Don't attack the US from the UK and you have no problem.

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MiuraAnjinMay 19 05:46 pm JST

No wonder the USA ranks so lowly in Freedom of the Press (42nd - Problematic) behind such bastions of freedom as Chile, Armenia and Romania.

But above Japan and way above scummy Russia and China which are at the bottom.

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JJEMay 19 05:36 pm JST

The US is persecuting a journalist/publisher.

They have no right to petulantly lecture other countries.

55 is way above 162 in press freedom and the US also doesn't have thought crime laws. Lectures ready for ya anytime.

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Free Assange!!..

Real hero who show to the world the dirty rotten pots of good old US..

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Don't attack the US from the UK and you have no problem.

Hmmm! If someone from the US sends me information about Biden or Trump doing something "bad", can I publish that? I suspect most in the USA wouldn't care. If someone sends me information about US military operations, is that a different matter? What about receiving information about Russian or Chinese military operations? If I publish that, should I be sent to Russian or Chinese courts?

I think it was Manning that sent the information, and he was prosecuted. Should it not have ended there?

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albaleoToday 06:05 am JST

Don't attack the US from the UK and you have no problem.

Hmmm! If someone from the US sends me information about Biden or Trump doing something "bad", can I publish that? I suspect most in the USA wouldn't care.

If it's not classified, do as you like.

If someone sends me information about US military operations, is that a different matter?

Depends, did you give advice to specific individuals on how such information could be obtained? That would make you an accomplice to anything they then do.

What about receiving information about Russian or Chinese military operations? If I publish that, should I be sent to Russian or Chinese courts?

There's no extradition treaty between the US and Russia/China and I assume the UK and Russia/China. Do as you like.

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