WATCH: Murray on Assange’s Non-Assurance & Mideast Crisis

The former British diplomat Craig Murray discusses the meaning of the U.S. “assurances” on Julian Assange and the brewing disaster in the Middle East on CN Live! 

Producer and interviewer: Cathy Vogan

The United States Embassy on Tuesday filed two assurances with the British Foreign Office saying it would not seek the death penalty against imprisoned WikiLeaks‘ publisher Julian Assange and would allow Assange “the ability to raise and seek to reply upon at trial … the rights and protections given under the First Amendment,” according to the U.S. diplomatic note.  Murray discusses the meaning of the U.S. “assurances” on Julian Assange and the brewing disaster in the Middle East. 

The note contains a hollow statement, namely, that Assange can try to raise the First Amendment at trial (and at sentencing), but the U.S. Department of Justice can’t guarantee he would get those rights, which is precisely what it must do under British extradition law based on the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Meanwhile, the Middle East stands on the brink of a major war as Israel appears ready to escalate its conflict with Iran, despite apparent efforts by Western governments to stop them.

David Cameron, the British foreign secretary,  was in Israel on Wednesday trying to persuade the Israelis not to escalate following Iran’s response to Israel’s attack on Iran’s embassy in Damascus. Cameron says Israel has decided to react. 

We asked Craig Murray, a former British diplomat, whether Joe Biden will this time really show some spine and make it plain to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he’s on his own if he hits Iran, causing Tehran to hit Israel back harder than the first time.   

Legal analyst Alexander Mercouris also sent his analysis of the U.S. assurances in the Assange case.


3 comments for “WATCH: Murray on Assange’s Non-Assurance & Mideast Crisis

  1. MeMyself
    April 19, 2024 at 11:38

    I heard that Israel doesn’t have a Constitution. That makes them free to create rules “of law” on the fly or simply Lawless.

  2. Freda sudrla
    April 19, 2024 at 01:35

    Why doesn’t Australia threaten to close down the US spy system in their country if Assange is not immediately returned to his country.

  3. CaseyG
    April 18, 2024 at 18:14

    “We the people of the United States, in order to form a More Perfect Union…”
    So disgusting Joe Biden, your son is a liar and a cheat, and yet you’ll do anything for him. Sadly, you are not what you try to appear to be. Julian Assange is a truth teller—something you , Biden know nothing about.
    Julian Assange should not be locked away and tortured because he has told the truth. TRUTH is what America is lacking, and to believe Israel about anything truthful in Israel’s actions is insanity. Biden and BiBi—a relationship made in Hell. Sadly you are both bringing Hell to Palestine and also to the people of America.

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