The US is desperate to get their hands on Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange – especially now he has been released on bail despite all their efforts and protests. The Swedes are also in the firing line and it has been suggested that they may be encouraged to discontinue their action in order to allow the Americans to seek extradition proceedings.
The problem is that at present, US prosecutors cannot decide if he has broken the law or not; even though they hope that he has. The US Constitution protects press freedom so the authorities are trying to show that Assange is not a journalist. No doubt if that fails, they will try to find some other excuse.
Kenneth Wainstein, former assistant attorney general on national security, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing about Wikileaks said that by showing how Wikileaks is fundamentally different from the press, the government should be able to demonstrate that any prosecution is the exception and is not the sign of a more aggressive prosecution effort against the press.
Currently senators are baying for blood. They want the 1917 Espionage Act to be revised to make it easier to prosecute recipients of classified information.
However the problem here is the First Amendment. If Assange can be prosecuted for espionage for publishing such information, there is no reason why a similar prosecution couldn’t be made against other news organisations for doing the same thing
TheOpinionSite.org believes that that it is good news that the double-dealing, criticisms and betrayals of the US government have been revealed. We all now understand much better how the world is run. In particular the UK should by now realise that the so called ‘special relationship’ that supposedly exists between the UK and US is not special at all; certainly, it is no more or less special than the relationship between the US and any other western country.
The United States administration has been embarrassed and it is angry. However, if you seek to force your ideas and philosophies on countries that are supposedly ‘sovereign’ states, if you lie to your allies and if you criticise them behind their back, you have only yourself to blame when you get found out.
The British have been in the pocket of the US since World War II and perhaps understandably so. However, we have in recent years had a succession of prime ministers who have been so keen to be seen as international statesmen, have been so keen to creep and crawl to the US and are still so wrapped up with the idea that the UK is a ‘world’ power that Britain is expected to give in to the US every time.
Tony Blair sickened us all with his constant fawning to George W Bush, Brown was not quite so eager. Cameron though is likely to outshine them both when it comes to being a creep.
The very one-sided extradition treaty with the US contains ‘special arrangements’ to aid the US in extraditing people from the UK. Such ‘special arrangements’ are not available to other nations, not even our EU partners and are reserved specifically to help America avoid UK legal safeguards. These arrangements are one-way. If Britain wants to extradite someone from the Unite States, it is much more difficult.
The architect of this hopelessly biased system was David Blunkett, another failed home secretary who felt he could do himself some good by creeping to George W. The excuse was America’s ‘Global War on Terror’. The justification for falling in line was that the US is always right, which we now know they are not.
It would not be at all surprising if pressure is put on Sweden to drop what is already a very weak case against Assange. With a little ‘help’ from the British Government, Assange could be forced to stay in Britain while the US instigate extradition proceedings using the ‘special arrangements’ made available by the treaty.
If that were to happen, TheOpinionSite.org believes there would rightly be international condemnation of the UK and any credibility that the British had in world affairs would be destroyed.
Whether or not you agree with Assange and Wikileaks is not the issue here. The argument is between those who believe that Britain should be part of the US – people like the obnoxious creep William Hague, the over-privileged David Cameron and so on – and those who believe that Britain is a sovereign nation that offers cooperation without being subservient to a foreign power.
Many people believe that the UK has become a police state with the people living under some kind of elected dictatorship. In other words, it looks like a democracy but in fact it is nothing of the sort.
It would be totally wrong to hand over anyone to the US when that person had broken no laws in the UK, has not been charged for any offence and has served the nation and the world by revealing the dishonesty of a country that seeks to bully its way around the world and which is concerned only with its own well-being at the expense of everyone else.
The American people are victims of an over-powerful government that is full of powerful people who only ever want more power. Successive British Governments have sought to emulate them but TheOpinionSite.org believes that to do so would be a grave error.
The United States may be some kind of a friend and ally to Britain but that is largely for America’s own benefit. However, the US does not rule the world and should never be allowed to do so.
Certainly, there is no reason why the British Government should give in to them on every occasion. TheOpinionSite.org believes that if they do so over Assange, Cameron and his cronies will pay a terrible political price, and rightly so.