Noam Chomsky takes apart the ‘scandalous’ arrest of Julian Assange

Noam Chomsky
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Renowned author Noam Chomsky took apart the arrest of Julian Assange on 12 April.

“Scandalous”

Speaking to Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman, Chomsky said:

Well, the Assange arrest is scandalous in several respects. One of them is just the effort of governments—and it’s not just the U.S. government. The British are cooperating. Ecuador, of course, is now cooperating. Sweden, before, had cooperated. The efforts to silence a journalist who was producing materials that people in power didn’t want the rascal multitude to know about – OK? – that’s basically what happened… This is the kind of thing, the kind of scandal, that takes place, unfortunately, over and over.

The author of over 100 books continued:

The other scandal is just the extraterritorial reach of the United States, which is shocking. I mean, why should the United States – why should any – no other state could possibly do it. But why should the United States have the power to control what others are doing elsewhere in the world? I mean, it’s an outlandish situation. It goes on all the time. We never even notice it. At least there’s no comment on it.

A flawed indictment

Aside from an alleged breach of bail – see a timeline of his case here – Assange was arrested in relation to an extradition request from the US. The now unsealed indictment alleges that Assange is guilty of ‘conspiring to commit computer intrusion’. It claims that Assange helped whistleblower Chelsea Manning crack a password in order to make it more difficult to identify her as the source of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs. The Canary, meanwhile, has identified fundamental flaws in the indictment that threaten journalism worldwide.

The Iraq war logs show that US and UK officials lied about having no official statistics on deaths. The leaks identified over 66,000 civilian deaths from 2004 to the end of 2009. They also revealed that the US military indiscriminately gunned down over a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters media staff.

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      1. The use of alleging sexual offences including rape and sexual assault are a well known weapon used by the establishment to demonise, threaten and change public perception of people they need to do bad things to.

        We are led to believe that the charges against Assange were dropped by the Swedish police because they couldn’t get to him inside the Ecuador embassy, so it seems all you need to do if you commit any offence is refuse to talk to the police and they drop it ! it’s just nonsense.

        What is really going on here is the UK is doing what it’s told by its owners the USA. we are nothing more than a subservient puppet nation run by people who do what they are told and use the MSM and the integrity initiative to keep us in the dark and believing their lies.

        if we are to believe what the MSM and the Tory Government told us before any arrest of Mr Assange, the police kept watch on the embassy for 7 years spending millions of tax payers money just in case he decided to leave, so we could prosecute him for skipping bail after being charged for an offence which was then dropped !!!

        So whilst we cannot afford to do something about millions of people including children relying on food banks we can afford to spend millions on bringing justice to people who have done nothing wrong except skip bail for an offence that no longer exists.

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