Scott Horton Looks at Assange Espionage Indictment

He faces 170 years.

The indictment is garbage. It begins by citing public requests by Wikileaks for classified documents from a number of governments. As though this is different in kind from what any investigative reporter might do.

(Please assume the term “allegedly” throughout this Fisking. I’m taking the grand jury’s stated facts for granted for the sake of argument, but I don’t know that any of these specific claims about Assange are true.)

Then they say that Manning “responded to” Wikileaks’ Most Wanted Leaks list by attempting to find things on that list. Wowee, what an impressive case so far. …

Sidebar: Read the Iraq war logs, Afghan war logs, State Department Cables and Guantanamo Bay Files here.

After Manning turned over the stuff, Wikileaks took down one of its categories of wanted leaks. Oh my. The cause and effect outlined here is, again, no different in kind than what the DoJ could say about almost any national security beat reporter in the country.

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Did Iran Kill 600 Americans in Iraq War II?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that Iran killed 600 Americans during Iraq War II. The syllogism goes, Iran supplied EFP bombs to Sadr’s militia, the Mahdi Army, they then used those bombs on U.S. troops. Ergo “Iran,” meaning the ayatollah and his government, killed those troops.

Is that the case?

No. All through 2007, Gen. Petraeus and friends had insisted that all Shi’ite-placed, copper-core-having, “Explosively Formed Penetrators” were being made and supplied by Iran. They never demonstrated this.

In fact, if you check, you will find that over and over again, Western reporters found machine shops where the EFPs were being made in Iraq by Iraqis.

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