Below is our translation of an article from the Russian-language version of RT. Commentary by Vince Dhimos.
Assange will be indicted and sentenced in the US for the same reason that Assad’s Syria was attacked by Tomahawks.
Trump, in his usual courageous fashion, had to “prove” that he was not in collusion with Russia – an endeavour that has occupied a goodly percentage of the Trump administration’s time and effort since the 2016 election. In his tweet prior to the attack, Trump wrote:
“Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
This was political theatre at its sleaziest, not least because there was no evidence that a chemical attack had even happened (subsequent testimony before the OPCW in The Hague showed there was no attack at all). Worried about the possible outcome of the Mueller probe into his supposed “Russian collusion,” instead of standing tall and defending his position on Russia with cogent arguments (when has he ever been cogent?) and correctly stating that the collusion charge was nonsense and a plot by this political enemies, he pretended to be incensed by Russia’s involvement in the Syrian war – despite his campaign statements condemning Obama’s threats of attacks on Syria based on the excuse of chemical weapons.
Now, aware that these same enemies are lurking to pounce on him should he breathe a word in defence of Assange, who indirectly helped him win the presidency by telling the truth about Hillary, can we not expect more of the same craven behaviour? Already in a campaign speech he said he thought Assange should be extradited to the US but, true to form, he did not explain why, ie, on what charges. To this day, while demanding Assange’s extradition to the US, the Trump Justice Department refuses to tell the public – who by and large support Assange – what in heaven’s name the poor beleaguered publisher is to be charged with.
Trump has the power to call off the witch hunt, correctly insisting that Assange is protected by the First Amendment. He would win the admiration of the voters in 2020. But that is not his MO, which is to cave in to his accusers like a scared puppy and hunker down hoping they will just go away.
A man may languish in jail on fabricated charges, but perhaps, with a lot of luck, this lonely, sickly persecuted man’s trial and imprisonment will make Donald Trump look like a strong courageous guy willing to stand up fearlessly against the constitution and human rights in the interest of a higher cause. Re-election.
Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the international news agency Russia Today and RT, criticized CNN, Guardian and other Western media for their failure to produce a video of the detention of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Simonyan called the Western editions "the shameless hypocritical servant of their establishment."
“The most obvious indictment of the disgrace that the world media has turned into is that today only we have filmed Assange’s arrest. Although everyone was expecting his expulsion,” she wrote in her Telegram-channel.
According to Simonyan, major Western media are now obliged to broadcast footage shot by RT journalists. The editor-in-chief of the channel also told about calls from CNN and the Guardian with questions why it so happened that the arrest of Assange was filmed only by RT.
“Yes, because you are a shameless hypocritical attendant of your establishment, and not journalists. That's why it happened,” explained Simonyan.
Assange was detained on April 11 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been hiding since 2012. Simonyan called the arrest of the founder of Wikileaks a victory for “world hypocrisy,” and also told the story of her acquaintance with the journalist.
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