Problems for Trump as the UK allows the extradition of Julian Assange

Trump and several others involved in his initial campaign woke up this morning with news that could cause a little headache about “Russia, Russia, Russia,” non-fraud. Subject to final appeal, Julian Assange is returning to the United States to be charged with espionage.

From Wall Street Journal:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may now be extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States on charges of espionage after British Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the order.

Mr Assange’s decision, which he said he would appeal, is the latest step in a long-running legal saga.

A London court ordered Assange’s extradition in April, overturning an earlier ruling banning him on the grounds that he would pose a suicide risk if held in harsh conditions in a U.S. prison while awaiting trial.

Assuming Assange loses his last complaint and reappears in the United States, he will almost certainly be ready to make a deal with a neutral justice ministry. He faces serious charges of espionage.

There has been speculation (based on evidence known to the public) that only two people in the Western world could directly link the campaign of Trump and Donald Trump himself to the Russian government over the leaked documents, Roger Stone is one of them. Stone was jailed for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice in the Russian investigation as Trump changed Stone’s sentence. Assange is the other man who is said to have acted as a mediator between Stone or other Trump officials and Russia.

It is known that Trump gave pardons to those who remained “loyal”, but he simply mitigated Stone’s sentence. Legal observers have long wondered whether Trump commuted Stone’s sentence (instead of pardoning him) to preserve Stone’s rights under the Fifth Amendment. Pardon acts as a waiver of one’s ability to plead the fifth for the original crime. One has to answer questions or face new accusations. Replacement does not waive these rights. As stated above, many have long theorized that Roger Stone was the “mediator” linking the Trump-Assange campaign who received the information gathered by the Russian government.

The last thing Trump and his close campaign advisers want is Assange in the United States, facing espionage allegations under pressure from a neutral Justice Department. Assange can have evidence to offer to avoid a significant period of imprisonment. Even without a connection to Stone, Trump does not want Assange to talk about his work with Russia to distribute harmful materials collected by the Russians.

The threat is far from Trump’s more immediate concerns. But Assange remains a threat, near or far.

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