So-called ‘mainstream’ media’s blanket silence
The US case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has fallen apart after his accuser told an Icelandic newspaper that he lied repeatedly in his testimony. Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson told Stundin that he made up key parts of his accusations and that Assange had never instructed him to perform any hacking – a complete contradiction of his earlier claims that Assange had asked him to hack government systems for recordings of the private phone conversations of officials.
The paper wrote that Thordarson now claims that he:
had in fact received some files from a third party, who claimed to have recorded MPs and had offered to share them with Assange without having any idea what they actually contained… He claims he never checked the contents of the files or even if they contained audio recordings as his third-party source suggested.
The explosive admission must surely be considered to shatter the case against Assange, who is being held in Belmarsh prison in deteriorating physical and mental health – with MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon only today attempting to gain access to Assange via video call:
Former US National Security Agency member Edward Snowden tweeted his view that there are now no grounds for any continued action against the Australian journalist:
This is the end of the case against Julian Assange.
The admission is hardly a shock. Thordarson is a convicted fraudster – for stealing around $50,000 from Wikileaks and impersonating Assange online – and a convicted sex offender. The FBI agents milking him for testimony were even expelled from Iceland by that nation’s government, which considered their activities illegitimate – or, as Assange’s legal team bluntly put it:
kicked out of Iceland for trying to use Thordarson to frame Assange.
However, there has been no sign of any change of heart by the US government, nor of any UK government intent to release him – and the UK media appears to be abetting in that intransigence by simply refusing to acknowledge the development. Searches for the news reveals only mentions by foreign outlets – and silence from the BBC and others:
Investigative historian Gareth Porter was clear about the significance of the developments, however:
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