Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Strange Case of Julian Assange

Julian Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador.
Seems strange doesn't it. But then if we look at the whole history it becomes even more bizarre.
J.A. founder of  Wikileaks really pissed off the U.S. government by revealing the video that showed innocent civilians being killed, mistakenly taken for insurgents. This is a fact the U.S. military would prefer to keep from the public and the U.S. government found embarrassing, as any mistake that ends in killing innocent civilians would. Look at how Bradley Manning, the source of this leak is being treated.

Then J.A. is accused by a woman in Sweden for rape. The details are extraordinary. The case for rape is based on the issue of JA refusing to wear a condom during consensual sex. Whether wearing a condom or not is "rape" is for the courts to decide in Sweden.

Then JA is condemned for his actions in Wikileaks because he has made public information that has been "useful" to the Taliban. In this instance he has really pissed off the U.S. government and military. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said so.

Now it isn't far fetched to imagine that the U.S. government would like to get their hands on J.A. That is foremost on his mind.
Of course J.A. is an Australian citizen and outside the jurisdiction of U.S. law.
There are anti-terrorist laws now in place and they could well be used to incarcerate J.A. probably at Guantanamo Bay.

So if J.A. gets extradited to Sweden to face rape allegations, there is a strong possibility he might be nabbed by U.S. special forces and hauled away to some undisclosed destination. Intentions like these are not something that are disclosed to the public.
The anti-terrorism laws might be there to protect U.S. citizens but also they are flexible enough to allow for revenge and making an example of J.A. as a lesson to others who might follow in his footsteps.

J.A. has stated that if the U.S. want to get there hands on him, they should make their intentions clear. Of course this is a naive notion. The way the U.S. bypassed Pakistan authorities to capture/kill Osama bin Laden is testimony to this.

So if you think Julian Assange is merely trying to avoid a rape trial, think again.

No comments: