Join Fidel Narváez, former consul at the Ecuador embassy in London, and John Kiriakou, former C.I.A. officer and CN columnist, discussing Julian Assange’s case. Produced by the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI. Watch the replay.
What really went down at the Ecuadorian Embassy that allegedly triggered the C.I.A. plot to kidnap or kill Julian Assange? Former consul general at the embassy for over 6 years Fidel Narváez, tells the inside story. John Kiriakou explains what it’s really like inside a U.S. prison.
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With regard to the absolute lie by the US about how Assange will be treated here, as John points out, it’s the Bureau of Prisons that decides where Assange is incarcerated after conviction, despite whatever the prosecution and/or the Judge has to say. I am assuming that Assange’s attorneys have made the UK judges aware of that in their appeal briefs. But do we know that for a fact? Perhaps we should take nothing for granted, and someone contact the attorneys to make sure they have made this rather essential point.
Further to the point John made to the questioner about how do we get to the decision makers with protests, etc., I have filed a complaint against Merrick Garland on the official DOJ form. Just go to the DOJ website and you can find it. If we had the names of the DOJ staff attorneys working on the Assange case (don’t we know the name of one particularly odious guy?), I would also file a complaint against them. We at least have the names of the DOJ attorneys who have appeared with their UK attorney colleagues in London. Also more names on the briefs, perhaps.
Also, on a parallel track, there should be someone in the D.C. Bar (Margery Cohn?), who could file malpractice/misconduct claims against Garland and all staff attorneys working on the Assange case. Both Garland and staff attorneys violate legal ethics by pursuing a meritless case, as well as a case where the prosecution side is guilty of misconduct, perhaps the most egregious example being the illegal spying on Assange as he met with his attorneys in the Ecuadorian Embassy. And of course, there is the recanting of the testimony of the Icelandic convict, which destroys even the pretense that Assange is guilty of computer crimes.
Last night we watched the 2013 Korean film – “The Attorney” based on “the real life story of Roh Moo-Hyun, ex-president of South Korea, who was well known for his human rights activist career as attorney.”
If you wish to see a remarkable film that goes to the dark side of where we seem to be headed given what we do to people who are seen as “threats” to the regime this one’s excellent with no holds barred.
(I hate to admit this but Jeff Bezos gets the credit by allowing it to be added to Amazon Prime or perhaps to hiring someone who would allow it to be added. I’m surprised they haven’t yet been charged with subversion.)
Thank you both for your courage to fight for Julian Assange and journalism, recognizing the dangerous place we’re all in given the paranoia of the delusional corporate state that’s heading us toward midnight on the doomsday clock ticking relentlessly forward with the threats of nuclear war and climate disruption driven simply by greed and a lust for power.