This is indeed a dark day. Even if Assange wins his court case in the U.S., certainly not the betting favorite, the intimidation effect sounds the death knell for freedom of the press, and by implication every one of the other freedoms once nobly enshrined in the First Amendment. Glenn Greenwald’s article is excellent. Read it and weep. From Greenwald at greenwald.substack.com:
PRESS FREEDOM GROUPS HAVE WARNED ASSANGE’S PROSECUTION IS A GRAVE THREAT. THE BIDEN DOJ IGNORED THEM, AND TODAY WON A MAJOR VICTORY TOWARD PERMANENTLY SILENCING THE PIONEERING TRANSPARENCY ACTIVIST.
In a London courtroom on Friday morning, Julian Assange suffered a devastating blow to his quest for freedom. A two-judge appellate panel of the United Kingdom’s High Court ruled that the U.S.’s request to extradite Assange to the U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges is legally valid.
As a result, that extradition request will now be sent to British Home Secretary Prita Patel, who technically must approve all extradition requests but, given the U.K. Government’s long-time subservience to the U.S. security state, is all but certain to rubber-stamp it. Assange’s representatives, including his fiancee Stella Morris, have vowed to appeal the ruling, but today’s victory for the U.S. means that Assange’s freedom, if it ever comes, is further away than ever: not months but years even under the best of circumstances.