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Endless Procedural Abuses Show Julian Assange Case Was Never About Law - batr news - 05-30-2019

Endless Procedural Abuses Show Julian Assange Case Was Never About Law

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian Assange: “But he ran away from Swedish rape charges by hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">That short sentence includes at least three factual errors. In fact, to repeat it, as so many people do, you would need to have been hiding under a rock for the past decade – or, amounting to much the same thing, been relying on the corporate media for your information about Assange, including from supposedly liberal outlets such as the Guardian and the BBC.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">At the weekend, a <a href="https://www.dumptheguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/24/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assange-send-him-to-sweden">Guardian editorial</a> – the paper’s official voice and probably the segment most scrutinized by senior staff – made just such a false claim:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Then there is the rape charge that Mr. Assange faced in Sweden and which led him to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in the first place.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The fact that the Guardian, supposedly the British media’s chief defender of liberal values, can make this error-strewn statement after nearly a decade of Assange-related coverage is simply astounding. And that it can make such a statement days after the US finally <a href="https://www.dumptheguardian.com/media/2019/may/23/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-with-violating-the-espionage-act-in-18-count-indictment">admitted that</a> it wants to lock up Assange for 175 years on bogus “espionage” charges – a hand anyone who wasn’t being willfully blind always knew the US was preparing to play – is still more shocking.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><a href="https://original.antiwar.com/cook/2019/05/29/ndless-procedural-abuses-show-julian-assange-case-was-never-about-law/"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Read the entire article</span></a>

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