Tulsi Gabbard urges Trump to ‘please consider’ pardons for Assange and Snowden
‘Whistleblowers must be protected’, says Democrat lawmaker
Rep. Gabbard has previously campaigned for the release of Snowden and Assange. Last month, she put forward a bipartisan bill seeking to make changes to the Espionage Act, which was ushered in shortly after World War I."Brave whistleblowers exposing lies and illegal actions in our government must be protected," she said in a video to promote the legislation.
It remains to be seen whether Mr Trump will pardon either man.Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, is charged with two counts of violating the Espionage Act.He fled the US for Russia in 2013 after leaking secret information about domestic and national surveillance programs carried out by the NSA.
Snowden, 37, earlier this month announced that he plans to apply for Russian citizenship while signalling his intention to hang onto his US nationality.During his re-election campaign, the president said he would"take a look" at pardoning Snowden. Any such move is unlikely to go down well with defense and security hawks, who view people like Snowden as traitors rather than truth-seekers. headtopics.com
Meanwhile, Assange is charged with 17 violations of the Espionage Act, one of the most serious crimes in US law with penalties of up to 175 years in prison.He has been accused of conspiring to commit computer intrusion in order to assist Chelsea Manning with the intention of getting access to classified military information and publishing it on his Wikileaks website.
A warrant for Assange's arrest was issued by the Swedish Prosecutor's office in 2010 accusing him of rape and molestation.Assange, 49, fled to London where he was holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy before his arrest in May 2019. After his arrest, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison and is being held at Belmarsh’s high security prison in London.
"Associates" of the president are alleged to have offered Assange a pardon in return for the source of damaging emails about Hillary Clinton leaked on his website in the 2016 election campaign, claims denied by the White House.Assange's girlfriend and lawyer, Stella Morris, called on the president to pardon him so he could come home in time for Christmas to see his children.
“These are Julian’s sons Max and Gabriel. They need their father. Our family needs to be whole again,” she wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “I beg you, please bring him home for Christmas.” Read more: The Independent »
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nozomimagine Why no Reality Winner? Really you are a Joke! yes please. He is due to come home totalsatire Tulsi Gabbard would have made an excellent president indeed - if the DEMs hadn't cheated on her just like Sanders & now on the election! She is right! Trump could 'slam the bib' with the Democrats!
VanSulli PLEASE...do something helpful! couragefound Yes!! FreeAssangeNOW couragefound Free Assange. couragefound Frankly IDGF who gets it done. It needs to happen. PardonSnowden PardonAssange PardonReality We talk a lot of shit it when it comes down to it do our principles hold up to scrutiny? couragefound She would have made a fine president.
couragefound Like that would ever happen...lol. that would require some compassion for truth and reason. Julian Assange is the most persistently persecuted and lied about person on earth. If government's get away with silencing Mr. Assange, what do you think could happen to you? WeAreAllAssange OpAssange NoJulian4US realDonaldTrump pardon
DefendAssange It's a shame has been so quiet on the persecution and torture of a fellow journalist, in the case of the century for the future of the world's free press? (i.e. The criminalization of your OWN industry) He has been arbitrarily detained for an entire decade next wk ReedCoverdale She might be the only Democrat that isn't bought and sold.
DefendAssange Snowden is to much of a wildcard to be able to pardon. DefendAssange Don’t forget RealRossU Ross Ulbricht DefendAssange Why should he? They serve no purpose to him and anyone who leaks information is considered unPatriotic to Trump. You're fooling yourselves. DefendAssange Thank you, Tulsi.
DefendAssange Agreed 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 Meanwhile, Dems urge Tulsa Gabbard to 'please consider' getting the fuqq out of the Democratic party. He hates Snowden. Who? Lol