US President Joe Biden has been exposed as a hypocrite for continuing with the persecution of Julian Assange based on trumped-up espionage charges while at the same time Biden is accusing Russia of fabricating espionage charges to justify jailing American journalist Evan Gershkovich.
Biden’s hypocrisy hasn’t gone unnoticed in the US as per the below video where a White House journalist asked Biden’s spokesperson about Biden’s double standards with Julian Assange and Evan Gershkovich. Biden’s spokesperson refused to answer the direct question and rambled on which is like what Prime Minister Anthony Albanese does when asked about Assange.
Julian Assange – Some of what we know about his espionage charges and his treatment by the UK and US governments
- Julian Assange has been charged with espionage for exposing war crimes by US soldiers in Iraq.
- Editors & publishers of the five media organizations who first partnered with Julian Assange – The Guardian, New York Times, Le Monde, El País and Der Spiegel have called for his immediate release as his prosecution “is undermining press freedom”. None of those editors, publishers or journalists have ever been charged with espionage even though they have done the same thing as Julian Assange. Why?
- The CIA plotted to kidnap and kill Julian Assange.
- The CIA bugged Julian Assange’s residence when he was at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK. This included bugging his meetings with his lawyers which makes it impossible for Julian Assange to get a fair trial. (Click here to read more)
In the below video there is a White House journalist asking Biden’s spokesperson about Biden’s double standards. Also in the video is Anthony Albanese talking in 2019 about journalism not being a crime, defending whistleblowers and talking about the need for government transparency all of which Albanese seems to have forgotten since he became Prime Minister..
Evan Gershkovich – Some of what we know about his espionage charges and his treatment by the Russian government
The Russian government don’t have any creditability given the invasion of Ukraine but when it comes to protecting journalists neither does President Joe Biden. So, it is hard to know whether Evan Gershkovich was spying on Russia in his role a Russian based journalist for The Wall Street Journal.
This is what Joe Biden has said:
Joe Biden has praised the “absolute courage” of Evan Gershkovich, the US journalist detained in Russia on espionage charges, and reiterated calls on Moscow for his immediate release.
The US president said the Wall Street Journal reporter, who is the first correspondent since the cold war to be detained in Russia on spying charges, sought to “shed light on the darkness” of the country and said American efforts to get him home would not cease. (Click here to read more)
Joe Biden has a history of being accused of hypocrisy
In January 2023 the Guardian reported:
Joe Biden has been accused of hypocrisy for demanding the release of journalists detained around the world while the US president continues seeking the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from Britain to face American espionage charges.
The campaign to pressure the Biden administration to drop the charges moved to Washington DC on Friday with a hearing of the Belmarsh Tribunal, an ad hoc gathering of legal experts and supporters named after the London prison where Assange is being detained.
The hearing was held in the same room where Assange in 2010 exposed the “collateral murder” video showing US aircrew gunning down Iraqi civilians, the first of hundreds of thousands of leaked secret military documents and diplomatic cables published in major newspapers around the world. The revelations about America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including alleged war crimes, and the frank assessments of US diplomats about their host governments, caused severe embarrassment in Washington.
The tribunal heard that the charges against Assange were an “ongoing attack on press freedom” because the WikiLeaks founder was not a spy but a journalist and publisher protected by free speech laws. (Click here to read more)
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s fake support for Julian Assange
I published an article on the 9th of April titled “Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s fake support for Julian Assange is the canary in the coal mine for all Australians’ which starts off:
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s fake support for Julian Assange is identical to Albanese’s fake support for the open and transparent government which he came to power in May 2022 declaring would be part of his Prime Ministership.
Albanese isn’t the only one and his fake support is backed up by Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong and the Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus with some Assange supporters directing their focus at them. But Albanese is the main man and all correspondence and petitions should be directed at him and his office because he is the weakest link given he has by far the highest profile in the government.
If you want to know if the Albanese government is open and transparent you don’t have to look any further than how they are treating Julian Assange as he is the canary in the coal mine for all Australians who want an open and transparent government. (Click here to read more)
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is in the UK for King Charles coronation and once again he is doing a lot of big talking when it comes to Julian Assange but that is all he’s doing, talking and talking and talking. In his latest interview he says, “In an interview with the ABC in London, Mr Albanese said he had made his position very clear to the US government about the Department of Justice’s pursuit of extradition proceedings against the WikiLeaks publisher.”
And “I continue to say in private what I said publicly as Labor leader and what I’ve said as Prime Minister, that enough is enough,” Mr Albanese said. and Albanese says “he is frustrated his government has not been able to find a diplomatic solution to Julian Assange’s ongoing incarceration and that he is concerned about the 51-year-old’s health.” (Click here to read more)
PM Albanese claims he has done this and that, but he has provided no proof of doing anything.
If Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made a public statement calling on President Biden to drop the fabricated espionage charges then Albanese could claim he is actually doing something to free Julian Assange.
Joe Biden is due to visit Australia in a couple of weeks and he will be in Sydney on the 24th of May for the Quad leaders’ summit. (Click here to read more) That is a great time to protest, in person or online for interstate people like me, President Biden’s and Prime Minister Albanese’s scandalous treatment of Julian Assange which has been exposed as hypocrisy of the highest order.
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