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Assange Should Put the Pentagon and the CIA on Trial

• https://www.fff.org, by Jacob G. Hornberger

Let's hope that he uses the opportunity to put the Pentagon and the CIA on trial. Yes, I know that whichever federal judge is appointed to preside over the trial will do his best to not permit that to happen, but what's wrong with a little civil disobedience in what will inevitably be a rigged kangaroo court whose outcome of guilt will be preordained?

Let's not forget, after all, that Assange isn't the criminal here. He's the guy who disclosed the criminal conduct to the world through his organization WikiLeaks. That criminal conduct was committed by the Pentagon and the CIA, supported by their enablers in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. 

In a just society, the people who disclose criminal conduct would be hailed as heroes and the people who engage in criminal conduct would be going to jail. But in the Bizarro world of a national-security state, it's the exact opposite — the criminals are the accusers and jailers and the opponents of their criminal conduct are the ones who are punished, tortured, and sent to jail.

One of the big things that Assange's attorneys could do during the trial is to restate and reemphasize every dark-side action in which U.S. personnel engaged that WikiLeaks disclosed, plus ones that WikiLeaks did not disclose. While that wouldn't necessarily change the outcome of the kangaroo proceeding, at least it would show the world why they are going after Assange. 


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