WikiLeaks founder fears US espionage charges

Author-activist David Swanson believes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will ultimately be handed over to the United States where he will be tried for espionage.

The WikiLeaks founder is currently awaiting extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual assault. Assange – who denies the accusations – is concerned that extradition to Sweden could ultimately lead to his eventual transfer to the United States. 

According to Swanson, the US government “has issued a secret closed indictment and pressured other governments in Britain and in Sweden to ship Julian Assange to the US.”

Swanson also claimed Assange could face conditions amounting to torture or even murder, as the the US government has “very much blurred the line between law enforcement and war.”

Meanwhile, Attorney Kevin Zeese told Russia Today that Assange’s recent extradition ruling by the UK high court was “extraordinary,” as no charges have actually been leveled against Assange.

“He could’ve done the questioning by Skype. There’s no need to go to Sweden to be questioned,” said Zeese.  

“[Basically], there is an embarrassment to the US Empire, but no one has been killed by this. There has been no undermining of US national security, [but] you [do] see the good, the bad, the ugly and the illegal of US foreign policy.”

Assange became a household name in 2010 after WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of classified US documents, including a video that showed US forces firing at Iraqi civilians and journalists whom they had mistaken for armed insurgents.