Media 119: Belmarsh Tribunal charges U.S. with crimes against humanity – UK state media silent

Srecko Horvata (centre) addresses the Belmarsh Tribunal on Julian Assange

On Friday, the Tribunal held its first face-to-face session at the London Convocation Hall. Testimony was given about the consequences of wars in several countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and about the imprisonment of Julian Assange, who revealed such information.

The New York Times reports that the US Justice Department spent years examining whether Mr. Assange was working directly with the Russian government, but legal experts point out that what is known about his activities in 2016 — including publishing stolen emails — is not criminal, and therefore it would be difficult to bring charges against him related to the Russian interference campaign.

Court documents have confirmed that Russian intelligence provided Mr. Assange with thousands of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and the personal account of John D. Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign. Read more here.

Assange’s greatest legal jeopardy remains WikiLeaks’ work in other areas, such as publishing U.S. Iraq War documents and diplomatic cables.

Telesur, a Latin American television network, reports that a range of expert speakers has given detailed testimony. Former US Justice Department chief spokesman Matthew Miller pointed out, “It is one thing to charge a government official who has sworn an oath not to disclose classified information. It’s another thing to charge someone outside the government who published information or solicited information, which is something that reporters do all the time.”

A measured overview of the British judicial system by Tariq Ali (right), We are witnessing a war against democracy – YouTube may be heard by following the above link. His testimony at the tribunal hearing may be seen and heard here (scroll down).

As MP Jeremy Corbyn told the hearing, Julian Assange, who is still imprisoned in Belmarsh, has already “paid a very, very high price for his lifelong determination to expose the truth” adding:

“The perpetrators of the crimes are free, and many of them remain prominent public figures in the United States”.

He considers that Assange is a hero for making public the evidence of these crimes, which included random killings of civilians, lies being told to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq, and tortures in Guantanamo Bay.

On Wednesday the US government is scheduled to appeal against Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s ruling that Assange cannot be extradited. Not only is Assange “outside” the US government, he is not even a US citizen.

To deport him to face prison in the US for publishing information on US war crimes would establish Washington’s right to jail problem journalists — anywhere in the world.

 

 

 

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Posted on October 28, 2021, in Conflict of interest, Democracy undermined, Foreign policy, Government, Legal issues and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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