Daniel Ellsberg, Fidel Narvaez, John Kiriakou, Andrew Fowler, Mary Kostakidis, Alexander Mercouris discussed the Julian Assange hearing with a focus on spying at the Ecuador embassy and its possible consequences.
When the judge in Daniel Ellsberg’s 1972 trial threw his case out because of government misconduct, he said he acted because the government had “offended a sense of justice.” The Nixon administration desperately wanted to punish Ellsberg. Nixon’s “Plumbers” broke into Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office trying to steal his medical files; Nixon had Ellsberg illegally wiretapped; the government said it lost the wiretaps when asked to produce them at trial; and the government tried to bribe Ellsberg’s judge with the directorship of the FBI.
Compare that with U.S. intelligence contracting with the Spanish firm UC Global to spy 24/7 on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and especially on his privileged conversations with his attorneys; with his doctors and journalists visiting; stealing defense documents; as well as discussing plans to kidnap or poison him. “That’s essentially the same information that ended my case and confronted Nixon with impeachment, leading to his resignation!,” Ellsberg said in an email. “In other words, Julian may, miraculously, walk free on the basis of this (eventually), just as I did!”
Will it be enough to set Assange free as it did Ellsberg?
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