With the US still threatening Julian Assange and WikiLeaks his problems have not disappeared now that Sweden have dropped the rape investigation but it has changed the dynamics of the battle in a substantial way. A major focus should now turn to how the law and the courts were abused in a number of countries to try to silence a whistleblower.
A massive problem for the United States in their pursuit of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is that the US government, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, is now leaking far more classified information than WikiLeaks has ever done. The leaks are that bad it has become like watching a poorly scripted comedy show. So how will the US justify the time and energy chasing a whistleblower when national security leaks are coming from the White House on a daily basis?
Sweden drop the investigation into Julia Assange
Sweden dropping the rape investigation is no surprise to anyone who has followed the matter. The conduct of the Swedish authorities is something that needs investigating because they took seven years when it was something that could have been dealt with in a matter of weeks if not months. Assange hasn’t been cleared but if the prosecutors had such a strong case why wasn’t he ever charged?
The Australian government have known the facts since 2011 when Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson submitted a brief for federal politicians in March 2011. (Click here to read more) So questions need to be asked of the Australian government as well.
Below is Julian Assange giving a speech after Sweden announced they had dropped the investigation
United States still chasing Julian Assange and Wikileaks
How can anyone in the US government keep a straight face attacking WikiLeaks and Julian Assange over leaks when the American government and the White House are leaking like a sieve. Below are just a couple of examples:
The former FBI director James Comey is to testify in front of cameras following his shock sacking, it has been announced, as a series of damaging revelations pile further pressure on the embattled US president, Donald Trump.
Comey, who was sacked by Trump on 9 May in the midst of an investigation into the president’s links to Russia, is to give evidence in an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee at some point after US Memorial Day on 29 May, the committee announced on Friday.
The announcement came as the Washington Post reported that a White House official had been identified as a “significant person of interest” by the law enforcement investigation into links between Russia and the Trump election campaign.
And the New York Times, quoting a US official, reported that Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him, as he labelled the former FBI chief a “real nut job”. The president’s spokesman did not deny the report, but said Comey had made it harder for the US to engage with Russia. (Click here to read more)
So who leaked that Donald Trump called the former FBI chief a “real nut job” and who leaked that “a White House official had been identified as a “significant person of interest” by the law enforcement investigation”.
It has now been leaked that “Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign.“ (Click here to read more) The leaks just keep on coming.
And who can forget the leaking of the “robust”, “contentious” and “hostile” phone call between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
With leaks flying all over the place from the American government any attack on Assange and WikiLeaks will do damage to the credibility of the American government. And with Donald Trump’s government under investigation from numerous government body’s will they have time to worry about WikiLeaks and Assange.
When whistleblowers win we all win
With Julian Assange dodging one bullet it means the focus will now turn who, when and why he was put in that position. The people who are responsible will now need to be held accountable and the spotlight will be put on them. When that happens, it sends a message to all corrupt government officials that if you try to bastardize a whistleblower the tables could be turned and your corrupt conduct could bring you down.
As it stands the judicial systems in Sweden and the UK are looking grossly incompetent at best and very corrupt at worst and it is their attacks on Julian Assange that has helped put a spotlight on it. You can’t stop whistleblowers who have no fear. It doesn’t matter whether you like or dislike Julian Assange you should respect the fact that he has stood his ground and fought for what he believes in for a long time and has had a win. And it’s a win we can all learn from.
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