Chris Hedges interviewed Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria on his program On Contact about the High Court ruling allowing Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States. Broadcast before news of Assange’s stroke.
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for 15 years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East bureau chief and Balkan bureau chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and NPR. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact.
Joe Lauria is editor-in-chief of Consortium News and a former U.N. correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and numerous other newspapers. He was an investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of London and began his professional work as a 19-year old stringer for The New York Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @unjoe
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I also listened some to the Ressa speech via Democracy Now. From that not-complete listen I wouldn’t have figured she’d have been against Assange’s action. Probably, if my nature had been plopped into Assange, he wouldn’t have done what he did. The future might judge, though, that blowback alone from the profiteering wars justified it, not to mention drone crimes against civilians during the wars. Don’t know which comes first. Maybe it’s the Orwellian hype (and the actual conflict, which may never blunder its way to WWIII, is just collateral to it?). Maybe it’s the weapons profits. It’s like a trinary star system. Yet as the inertia of the war machine makes the Big Blunder ever more likely…seems like all these courts involved should have taken that into consideration.
Great interview Joe!
One frustrating thing to me about this appeal was that they had to focus on Baraistet’s reasons for denying the extradition. My question is, in Assange’s appeal, will he be able to bring up the recanting of the Icelandic witnesses testimony?
Kangaroo court orchestrated judicial kidnapping. When the judiciary is blatantly engaging in criminal activity because they can, then everyone is free to do the same.
US and its allies will be judged by how they treat Assange.
An illuminating prospect of the law that allowed Julian Assange a non-US citizen to be extradited to the US can also be used to indict any part of the UK Bureaucracy.
Will the real men please stand up? Your country needs you!
Perhaps there are no real man in the UK any more. Just US poodles.
It is clear that the exculpatory evidence was ignored and that being true affirms that the process is in violation of the laws of humanity.
I would like to see an authority with the backbone charge these people (using the term loosely) be prosecuted under the RICO act. BUT….
A SELECTED RICO TIMELINE
“Conspiracy charges are convenient for police and feds because they don’t require authorities to prove that any actual illegal activity took place, only shared intent. In that regard, they’re an ideal weapon to wield against ideologically based communities; they also lend themselves to government agencies’ attempts to entrap inexperienced organizers and activists.”
-Jeff Change, author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
note: Broken Window has largely kept the original text intact, with minor edits for clarity or updates for passed time, and has added several items to the RICO Timeline. The intent and spirit of the original text was integral to this publisher’s understanding of political solidarity in the legal system at the time, and in the current context of late 2019, it seemed appropriate to release a 2nd edition.
Gawd help Julian Assange when he is inevitably extradited to the USA, land of lethal retribution for even offenses PERCEIVED. Mr. Assange committed the unforgivable transgression of reporting crimes against humanity carried out by the brutal and permanent US War Machine. I shudder to think how he’ll be treated once he reaches the horrific US Gulag.