In documentary from German public TV, former CIA director Leon Panetta acts as a public face for the US prosecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The CIA has been possibly the most aggressive agency in the war on WikiLeaks.
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Leon Panetta: “You have to remember that throughout the history of this country we have had spies, and we’ve prosecuted spies. I think it was in that spirit that everybody said, okay, we have another spy—Assange.”
Leon Panetta: "Assange is somebody who will sell somebody in his family if he think that, you know, that he is going to get some attention.”

(This is the kind of comment that legal team can cite in their argument that this is political prosecution.)
Here is former CIA director Leon Panetta laughing when shown evidence of US-backed espionage operation against Assange.

"It doesn’t surprise me,” Panetta says. “That kind of thing goes on all the time.”
Panetta: "In intelligence business, the name of the game is to get information any way you can, and I’m sure that’s what was involved here.”

The ladies bathroom was bugged to eavesdrop on Assange and his attorneys. Tables on his mental state and sleep patterns were kept.
Panetta revealing more of the game behind Trump admin prosecuting Assange: "All you can do is hope that you can ultimately take action against those that were involved in revealing that information so you can send a message to others not to do the same thing.”

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22 Sep
The eleventh day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates today. #AssangeTrial
Professor Michael Kopelman, who is a forensic psychiatrist, will give evidence on Assange's clinical depression, risk of suicide, and how he the US government is targeting him for his political opinions. #AssangeTrial
Yesterday, in my written report, I paid attention to fixer who is closely tied to Donald Trump Jr. who threatened a political activist after she visited Assange to inform him that the Trump administration planned to expel and arrest him.
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The tenth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly.

I'll have live updates today and throughout third week of #AssangeTrial.
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Day 10 will feature Jakob Augstein, a journalist who worked for Der Freitag, and Professor Christian Grothoff, a computer science professor, who can show court US prosecution is misrepresenting facts related to publication of unredacted cable cache on the internet #Assange
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18 Sep
The ninth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I won't have live updates at this thread at the moment because the court's Crime Deputy Service Manager did not admit me this morning.
Constant glitches have existed in the system, and when I logged on the cloud video platform at the same time I do every morning, my name did not appear. I was hearing a repeated message that the host had not joined. Another journalist informed me they could not see me. #Assange
When I contacted the Crime Deputy Service Manager to let them know that I had an issue this morning, they said the rule is the rule. There was nothing I could say to persuade them to allow me morning access. I will miss this morning's witness. #Assange
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17 Sep
The eighth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread. #AssangeTrial
Yesterday, Pentagon Papers whistleblower @DanielEllsberg testified and exploded several myths about Assange and WikiLeaks, as well as his whistleblowing.

These myths are frequently deployed to make Assange and WL seem different than Ellsberg.

Report:
shadowproof.com/2020/09/16/pen…
Professor John Sloboda, who co-founded Iraq Body Count, takes the proverbial witness stand.

The Iraq Body Count project closely analyzed the Iraq War Logs. #Assange
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Housekeeping note: If you go to dissenter.substack.com/subscribe and sign up, you can receive my daily written reports in your email inbox each day of #AssangeTrial.
On Day 6, court heard from US defense attorney Eric Lewis about "substantial pressure" Assange will face to "plead guilty to lesser charges that result in a lower sentence." US has system where few defendants exercise right to trial.

More: shadowproof.com/2020/09/15/wit…
John Goetz, investigative journalist who was with Der Spiegel and worked on publications in 2010-2011, takes the proverbial witness stand. #Assange
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15 Sep
The sixth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread.
Yesterday, Assange extradition hearing resumed with testimony from US lawyer Eric Lewis. I paid particular attention to European Court of Human Rights decision that prosecutor seized upon to argue abusive prison conditions shouldn't prevent extradition. shadowproof.com/2020/09/14/at-…
Eric Lewis suggested in his testimony that Assange would be held at Alexandria Detention Center before trial if he were brought to the United States. He'd be in conditions that were "tantamount to solitary confinement," like alleged Russian spy Maria Butina.
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