“I love Wikileaks.” ~Donald J Trump, 2016
“I know nothing about WikiLeaks.” ~Donald J Trump, 2019
First let me be petty: This is what happens to a man, guilty of espionage and other alleged crimes, who spends 7 years in hiding. 47 year old WikiLeaks founder, Julianne Assange, who attacked our democracy in 2016, looks like he’s been dead several of those years, and decomposition is well underway.
“At 50 you have the face you deserve.” ~ Coco Chanel
Now onto the informational segment of my post:
This morning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a citizen of Australia, was arrested at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, forcibly taken into custody by British police, for extradition to the U.S.
He initially sought asylum to avoid facing sexual assault charges in Sweden.
Let’s review: a few of the criminal charges Julianne Assange faces—
- In UK, jumping bail (max 12 months)
- In Sweden: alleged sexual assault
- In US, “conspiracy to disclose classified information”
Julian Assange is presumed to have worked in tandem with Russia to release emails stolen from Democratic politicians in order to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Assange is not a journalist whose rights are being infringed on. He committed espionage, attacking our democracy.
There is an inherent difference between Russia’s tactics of political sabotage and journalistic whistleblowing.
Thoughts and prayers.