A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Is it just my imagination, again, or is the Holder Department of Justice the Worst … EVER???
Why is DOJ dragging its collective feet on issuing an indictment of Julian Assange and formally asking the UK to hand him over for extradition to the US? The US has a strong extradition treaty with the Brits and since they actually have the guy in jail there, WHAT in the world is Eric Holder waiting for?
Under the Espionage Act of 1918 it is a crime:
“An editorial in the Washington Times by Jeffrey T. Kuhner said Assange should be treated "the same way as other high-value terrorist targets" and be assassinated. Former Nixon aide and talk radio host G. Gordon Liddy has reportedly suggested that Assange's name be added to the "kill list" of terrorists who can be assassinated without a trial. U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has called Assange "a high-tech terrorist.” Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has been quoted as saying, "Information terrorism, which leads to people getting killed, is terrorism, and Julian Assange is engaged in terrorism. He should be treated as an enemy combatant." Fox News' National Security Analyst and host Kathleen Troia "K.T." McFarland has called Assange a terrorist, Wikileaks "a terrorist organization" and has called for Bradley Manning's execution if he is found guilty of making the leaks. Incoming Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, has requested the Obama administration to declare Wikileaks a "Foreign Terrorist Organization.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, said, "Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is, they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family." Assange denies this has happened, and responded by saying, "...it’s really quite fantastic that Gates and Mullen...who have ordered assassinations every day, are trying to bring people on board to look at a speculative understanding of whether we might have blood on our hands. These two men arguably are wading in the blood from those wars." (SOURCE)
Apparently, that letter was a necessary part of the preparations for charges.
If all this is accurate, then, what is taking so long to obtain the indictment and get Mr. Assange extradited to the US and into a court of law and get this thing settled?
Frankly, we’d like to see two things. One: an indictment of Mr. Assange, and two: a letter of resignation from Mr. Holder.