IN THE JULIAN ASSANGE CASEIN EXTRADITION HEARING, JULIAN ASSANGE’S LEGAL TEAM FOCUSES ON US TORTURE AND WAR CRIMES EXPOSED BY WIKILEAKS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

IN THE JULIAN ASSANGE CASEIN EXTRADITION HEARING, JULIAN ASSANGE’S LEGAL TEAM FOCUSES ON US TORTURE AND WAR CRIMES EXPOSED BY WIKILEAKS

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s legal team spent the second morning of a major extradition hearing focusing a magistrate court judge’s attention on United States torture and war crimes that Assange helped to expose.

Defense attorney Mark Summers called Clive Stafford Smith, a human rights attorney who has represented prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the witness stand. He was asked about human rights cases he pursued, which were bolstered by revelations in documents WikiLeaks published.

For example, Stafford Smith told Judge Vanessa Baraitser that U.S. State Department cables helped those impacted by U.S. drone killings in Pakistan. It contributed to “court findings that US drone strikes are criminal offenses and that criminal proceedings should be initiated against senior U.S. officials involved in such strikes.”

According to Stafford Smith, U.S. government “attacks on journalists, leakers and those journalists who worked with them, has since the earliest days of Afghan conflict, appeared to have a strong chilling effect’ leading to ‘a dearth of individuals from inside government, willing to ‘go on record’ to evidence U.S. violations.”

“The power and value of the WikiLeaks disclosures about Iraq and Afghanistan can scarcely be understated, and are of ‘key importance’ to ‘evidence war crimes and human rights violations by the US and its allies.”

Stafford Smith added, “The cables similarly demonstrated U.S. interference with other rendition investigations in Spain and Poland.”

As the extradition hearing continues, more witnesses are expected to detail criminal activities committed by the U.S. government, which WikiLeaks exposed. It is all part of his defense’s effort to prove the case against Assange is politically motivated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Smith!

And please remember; not one of the Wikileaks stories regarding US-sanctioned or provided torture, or of the extrajudicial assassinations of innocents, were ever proven to be factually incorrect.

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