FORMER CIA EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF LEAKING TO WIKILEAKS DESCRIBES INHUMANE TREATMENT IN DETENTION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


FORMER CIA EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF LEAKING TO WIKILEAKS DESCRIBES INHUMANE TREATMENT IN DETENTION

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Josh Schulte, a former CIA employee accused of leaking “Vault 7” files to WikiLeaks, claims the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York has put him in solitary confinement. He says officials will not allow him to contact his attorney or work on his defense.

He was charged on June 18 with thirteen offenses that included allegedly violating the Espionage Act by stealing classified information from the CIA. It also included a prior charge involving child pornography.

A handwritten letter [PDF] from Schulte to Judge Paul Crotty was publicly filed on October 29 and then removed.

He describes how his days consist of “nothing but attempted meditation. My fellow slaves constantly scream, pound, and claw at the cages attempting to get attention for basic needs to be fulfilled. I count myself lucky to be able to eat.”

“I have witnessed men dragged from their cages and beaten and maced,” Schulte additionally claims. “An officer even uncuffed an inmate and told him to fight him away from the camera. Abuse runs rampant with few cameras and no monitoring, as there is no oversight of the Bureau of Prisons.”

He lists off other alleged examples of egregious conditions: “shit-filled showers, where you leave dirtier than when you entered; the flooding of the tiers and cages with ice-cold water; the constant blast of cold air as we are exposed to extreme cold without blankets or long-sleeve shirts; the uncontrollable lights that are always on as we are sleep deprived; the denial of books, radios, notebooks, and legal work as we are forced to do literally nothing as they torture us in our cages.”

MCC is notorious for the brutal conditions it imposes on prisoners, including those like Schulte, who have yet to be convicted of a crime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, where people can be locked away indefinitely, only on an accusation, but not with any trial by a jury of their peers.

This is the polar opposite of the concept of "innocent until proven guilty", which used to be the bedrock of United States jurisprudence; but now, apparently, Government judges and attorneys can do this with impunity, while sharpening their legal knives for the purpose of getting a real conviction, no matter is the person being held is innocent... or not.

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