Thu Apr 11, 2019, 11:18 PM

Assange Could Face Secret US Trial Where Fabricated Evidence May Be Introduced

Following his inevitable extradition to the US, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might face a secret court due to the classified nature of the government’s evidence collection methods, Bill Binney, whistleblower and former technical director of the US National Security Agency, told Sputnik Radio Thursday.

Assange was arrested by British police Thursday from his seven-year stake-out in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for extradition to the United States, where he is charged with conspiracy to help Chelsea Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, break into a computer and steal classified data. He could face up to five years in a US prison if he is found guilty.

Manning revealed her gender identity as a transgender female after being convicted and sentenced to 35 years in the military prison in July 2013 for leaking reams of war logs, diplomatic cables and battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks in 2010.

"The basic threat there… by actually doing this, by getting a charge trumped up against Julian, just to get him extradited to this country… so we can try him under our laws… what they'll say is," because all the charges have to do with national security, they have to be kept secret, Binney told Sputnik.

US prosecutors have argued that in 2010, Manning gave Assange part of a password that was stored on US Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), allowing access to classified government documents. The DoJ statement also indicated that after receiving the archive with secret US cables and war logs from Manning, Assange urged the former analyst to dig up even more information, Sputnik reported.

"In order for them to know something like that, they'd have to have collection of communications between Assange and Chelsea Manning. That would be an NSA collection, which means it's automatically classified. That means it can't be introduced in open court," Binney said, noting they would term it "national security data."

"The public, we can't see that data. They'll take it behind closed doors with the judge…. they'll get him to basically say he's guilty. They'll put him in jail, and he'll have no due process whatsoever," the whistleblower said.

The former NSA director said that because it's a secret trial, the government could easily advance fabricated evidence against the WikiLeaks founder without significant blowback. "I think that's the only way they're going to be able to handle it…. I think they probably fabricated this evidence; they fabricated similar kinds of evidence against us," he said about fellow whistleblowers.


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Thu Apr 11, 2019, 11:40 PM

1. LOL the irony of the OP and sputnik talking about Fabrications

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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 01:10 AM

2. Ecuador said it only allowed Assange to be taken in by the British police under an agreement

to NOT allow extradition to the US.

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