Julian Assange extradition hearing is in February next year. Considering high profile accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's death (potential murder) while incarcerated by US authorities can the US be trusted to handle and try Assange without him dying in a similar fashion.
Can the UK surrender Mr. Assange to the US knowing so. It will be curious to see how Assange's lawyers play that card.-RP
"Oslo (AFP) - A Dutch WikiLeaks associate who went missing under mysterious circumstances a year ago probably had a kayaking accident, Norwegian police said Friday, adding that his body had not yet been found.
Arjen Kamphuis, a cybersecurity expert then aged 47, had not been seen since he left his hotel in the northern Norwegian town of Bodo on August 20, 2018.
His disappearance had triggered a wave of conspiracy theories on social media, ranging from CIA and Russian involvement to a mission to carry out a secret project for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Then police discovered a kayak in the same area where a fisherman had found some of Kamphuis's personal belongings floating in the waters about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Bodo.
"The police have concluded that Mr Kamphuis most likely suffered an accident in the evening of August 20, 2018, while kayaking in the Skjerstad Fjord a few kilometres north of the village of Rognan in Nordland County in northern Norway, and was subsequently lost at sea," the police said in a statement."
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As the Trump administration seeks to persuade English judges to extradite Julian Assange to the U.S. to stand trial on charges of violating the Espionage Act, it is difficult not to have conflicting reactions. Some of Assange's revelations have not only been odious but also dangerous. But trying him under the Espionage Act itself endangers reputable journalists as well and the ability of the public to be informed by them.
Assange has certainly engaged in appallingly disturbing conduct by publishing in WikiLeaks, of which he was a co-founder and which he controls, certain highly classified documents that had been illegally been made available to him in 2010 by former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Yet if Assange can be jailed for publishing such information, far more responsible journalistic endeavors could also be put at risk for publishing classified information that the public would be well served in learning about.
Some of the documents made public by Assange and identified in the Assange indictment have been literally life-threatening. They identify Afghans and Iraqis who provided confidential information of military value to the U.S. and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan that, if attributed to them, could have imperiled them.
Others identified individuals, including human-rights workers, named in classified State Department cables, who provided confidential information to the U.S. in circumstances in which their identification could also have been life-threatening.
So outrageous was Assange's conduct in making information of this sort available to enemies of the U.S. that responsible newspapers throughout the democratic world that had previously worked with WikiLeaks — The New York Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Der Spiegel and Le Monde — issued a joint statement "deploring" and "condemning" the misconduct of Assange and WikiLeaks."
read the rest here: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/08/21/dont-try-j...
"responsible newspapers" lol propaganda rags at best snicker...