Assange Indictment. Guantanamo Bay, Clinton mails, FICA Fraud.

Prosecution or Protection?

This post is about the Grand Jury’s indictment against Julian Assange and the Federal Agents Affidavit for probable cause. It’s a retired police detective’s viewpoint. It corrects the bogus fake news reports and presents legal questions.

First and foremost.CBS and others that claim Assange is being charged with 18 separate charges/counts are incorrect.  According to the indictment he is charged with only one (two part) count. Assange Indictment – download

However the indictment cites case information that contains over 20 supporting individual reasons for an indictment but there is only one actual criminal count.

The Government asserts that the international Wikileaks organization is synonymous with Julian Assange personally. However, the government did not show in the indictment documents that Assange personally received the documents. In probability he did receive them  but in a court of law “probability” is weak.

The Government’s affidavit contains much information that was used in the prosecution of Bradley Manning who was a government employee and  had signed a “non disclosure” agreement. Manning was sentenced and after serving 7 years, President Obama commuted his sentence and set him free. Manning’s situation is not the same as Julian Assange’s situation.Assange-Affidavit for arrest 

“Assange indictment Count One: “Knowingly accessing a computer without authorization and exceeding authorized access to obtain information that has been determined “secret” by the US Government pursuant to an Executive order.” and “Intentionally accessing a computer without authorization to obtain information in furtherance of a criminal act..

There are no other counts in this particular indictment and there are only two laws that the government is claiming were violated.

Title 18 USC sec.641, 793 (c) and 793 (e)(c)  Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, receives or obtains or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain from any person, or from any source whatever, any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note, of anything connected with the national defense, knowing or having reason to believe, at the time he receives or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain it, that it has been or will be obtained, taken, made, or disposed of by any person contrary to the provisions of this chapter; or(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

Section 371, 1030(a)(1), 1030(a)(2) 1030(c)(2)(B)(ii).) Conspiracy to Defraud the Government.

It all seems a bit confusing. The government is alleging that Assange and Manning conspired to and did illegally gain control of US Government Records by gaining access to or “hacking” government computers but the evidence of this seems to fall entirely on Bradly Manning not Julian Assange.  Count one has little to do with the distribution of unauthorized Government Records. However the cited USC Title 18 laws do cover these infractions as well as the conspiracy and do not include any computer hacking laws.

There is no allegation of espionage or spying by Assange.

The backbone of the governments case is precarious. The Government alleges that Assange encouraged and conspired with Bradly Manning (a military intelligence analyst ) to hack into the Federal Government computers. The Government also alleges that there was some sort of unwritten agreement between Manning and Assange to do this. They claim that Assange conspired with Manning to  hack into a government computer and then did hack into a government computer. However in the Governments own affidavit for the arrest of Assange, the government states that they don’t actually know if Manning or Assange hacked into the government’s computer system and claim that  “circumstantial evidence” indicates that they did hack the computers. The Government further states that it cannot be proven than anyone hacked into the computer system.

The Government states that the information or files received by Wikileaks were designated as classified or secret and allegedly were passed to Wikileaks via “Jabber” (Jabber.org a free open source messenger service) and a Wikileaks cloud drop box.

An obvious weakness in the case is that the Government alleges that Manning did not give the information directly to Assange but rather to “Agents of Wikileaks” who are not named in the indictment. The government  explains that the  damaging information to the US government was published by the New York Times and that the Taliban notified the Times that they had read the information.

 The Government also states that the files that contained information about Guantanamo Bay Cuba also caused damage to the US Government.  But the Government acknowledges that they have no proof that their computers were actually hacked. And they acknowledge that Manning had a clearance to view classified documents and did not state whether or not the documents passed to Wikileaks were legally available to Manning..

But  the violation of law allegations against  Assange do not pertain to hacking or tampering with Government property (computers). These laws deal with the gaining and possession of and distribution of material that could damage the US Government.

It’s apparent that the Government  had only one case against Assange and that was the distribution of government records but in the initial probable cause affidavit to the court they made it appear as if the issue was hacking computers when in fact they did not know if their computers were hacked or not.

This is where it gets sticky and involves the First Amendment of the US Constitution that guarantees freedom of the press and opens the door to other issues as well. Issues that do not favor the US Government.

The First Amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise hereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people, peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Some of the issues exposed by Wikileaks are Guantanamo Bay, the Clinton emails, the illegal FISA Court warrants, etc; etc; etc;

Consider this. In 2010 when the Government alleges  Assange broke the law, none of the above unfavorable government issues such as spying on Trump’s campaign and fraud against a FISA Court  had all come to light. The government’s probable cause affidavit for the arrest of Julian Assange was not until  2017 after the election of Donald Trump as president and after some of the above issues began to surface.

 

  Is the Justice Department going into  a criminal court and will they present their case against Assange by trying to argue that the First Amendment to the Constitution does not apply and that the alleged damage caused by the file leaks to the US Government takes precedence over the exposure of Government corruption?

It’s baffling to see that the first case cited the affidavit alleging Assange caused damage to the US  are the Guantanamo Bay Cuba files. The whole Guantanamo Bay scenario was to subvert the US Constitution by moving the operation outside of constitutionally protected territories. There the US Government could secretly arrest and imprison people without trial.They could secretly torture and commit other crimes against humanity.  There are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have been there for years without charges brought against them. This is a crime against our Constitution and what the United States was founded on yet the lawyers in our countries Justice Department have found a way to allow these atrocities to be committed without legal interference and protecting them with a presidential administrative secrecy order.

The backbone of Assange’s defense may be the designation of Government legal documents as “secret” or “classified” as allowed by an executive order #13526 signed by President Obama. This designation is an administrative procedure to protect government documents from access by the public. However it has been revealed by these same Wikileak documents,  that this designation was used to protect Government employees from being charged with committing crimes against the same government that employed them. In these cases the “classified” designations had nothing to do with our Governments security against its enemies and everything to do with protecting corruption.

The Government tried to insure their protection by requiring that Manning sign a “non-disclosure” agreement. Assange was not employed by the Federal Government and had no legal obligation to keep the documents secret and apparently the New York Times had the same point of view.

It looks as if the government is going to try to prove that it was Assange who broke into the government computer system by proxy in agreement with Chelsea Manning.  This would show that he received the documents illegally.  This may or may not be possible to prove but there is no charge against Assange for publishing the information he received. If that were the case, would it not also apply to the New York Times?  In addition, both Assange and the New York Times are protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. A presidential executive order cannot negate this protection.

It appears the government’s case is weak to very weak with no direct evidence against Assange.  It was Wikileaks who published the information, as well as the New York Times, not Julian Assange personally nor the stock holders  of the New York Times personally.

When the New York Times published Wikileaks files they published them by proxy as did Wikileaks. The only difference is that the New York Times received the information third hand.

The information that came out of the documents provided by Manning exposed massive corruption in the United States Government during the Obama years and  if this scenario does not live up to the First Amendment  protection what does?

Relative questions are as follows:

Why would the US government  want to charge Assange via Wikileaks seven years after the fact with a lesser crime than Manning was charged with, considering he was granted a reduced sentence by Obama himself.

Why is President Trump enabling this to proceed and looking the other way on the extradition of Assange? If the government made an example of Manning by sending him to prison. Who are they intending to send the message to by prosecuting Assange?

The indictment describes the injury to the US Government when describing the files that were released in reference to the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.  If any information deserved to be released in this whole procedure, it would be the goings on in Guantanamo Bay Cuba which exists to protect the US Governments activities that would be illegal if performed within the Borders of the United States.

This case is an example of how the words “Classified” or “Top Secret” or the use of “non-disclosure agreements” are being used to hide or protect illegal activities by our own government. Yes, some information no doubt is crucial to be kept secret but the corrupt within our government hide their corruption behind the  legitimate need for secrecy by relocating scene of the crimes or declaring the criminal activity a national security secret.  In this case scenario who are the culprits, the truth tellers or those who hide their nefarious deeds?

The Government points out to the Grand Jury, that the distribution of the aforementioned files that were Classified and or Secret caused harm to the Government. What harm?  Was it the disclosing of Hillary’s crimes? or disclosing of the FBI’s or CIA’s crimes?

Would our government have us believe that committing crimes are essential to the operation and security of our government and that these activities are a part of doing the governments business? Does the government believe that the citizens of the United States must be protected from knowledge and this justifies secrecy?

There is more evidence of Obama’s participation in Hillary’s crimes than there is against Assange for his accused crimes.

Are we missing the big picture?  Has the US Government ( presumably Trump) processed this weak case seven years after the fact to facilitate the extradition of Assange to prosecute him or protect him?  If it’s to protect him, this all makes a sort of warped sense.

Assange is a patriot for righteousness who is not an American Citizen. The US has no international authority to take Assange into protective custody and remove him from those who would harm him. But conversely  the US could  bring charges against him and then extradite him for his own good. Are the intentions of the US Justice Department righteous?

Anyone who appears before a US Criminal court is afforded the protections granted us all by our Constitution. (Unless they are shipped to Cuba)

Is it also possible that the US Government wants to gain possession of all of the remaining unpublished Wikileaks files and to do this they need a bargaining chip?  Julian Assange?

Is the intent to prosecute, persecute or protect Julian Assange?

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