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Pardon Julian Assange?

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In an age of interminable titty-twisters, here’s one more: Clown car conservatives are joining the Pardon Julian Assange circus.
Should President Trump pardon Julian Assage?  Here are some facts.
DoJ initially charged Assange with conspiring with Private Chelsea Manning to steal classified government documents and publish them to the world. In 2019, the US government issued an 18-count superseding indictment.
People and organizations big and small worldwide have been protesting US prosecution of Assange since the initial indictment, usually citing freedom of the press.  The US counter-argues that Assange is not a reporter and that he was in on the conspiracy to steal government secrets.
Assange is not a US citizen and does not have a security clearance, and anyway, what makes his actions any different from that of the Washington Post, NY Times, or any other news outlet that gleefully publishes purloined government secrets to advance the outlet’s and the leaker’s political agenda?
The crime lies with Private Chelsea Manning, a cleared US citizen who violated federal law and betrayed her nation by turning over classified information to people not authorized to receive it. Instead of doing the right thing and executing Chelsea Manning on the battlefield in Iraq, the government treated her leniently, giving her 35 years, but President Barack Obama commuted her sentence on his way out the door. 
The initial and most unambiguous charge against Assange is that he received a password hash value stolen by Manning (I laughed when the DoJ indictment called the Linux operating system used by Manning “special software.”)  Assange used publicly available tools in an unsuccessful attempt to derive the password from the hash, which would have allowed Manning to continue her theft under the cloak of a different user account. 
Manning did all the work and paid for it with a grand total of four years in federal prison before Obama let her go.  
How many years should Assange get for conspiracy and attempt to crack a password?

Glenn Greenwald - The Kafkaesque Imprisonment of Julian Assange Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom and Tyranny


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