Marjorie Cohn discusses the attempted extradition of Julian Assange from Britain to the United States so that he can stand trial for alleged violations of America’s Espionage Act. Cohn outlines the two main grounds on which she believes the British judge should refuse to go along with the extradition: that Assange is being charged with a political crime, and that he is likely to face torture at the hands of the American authorities, much like he has been facing for years now in the form of solitary confinement and the refusal of medical care. Scott and Cohn also talk about Chelsea Manning, who is likewise being held in solitary confinement for heroically refusing to testify against Assange.
Discussed on the show:
- “ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Indictment on Political Offense Runs Counter to Extradition Treaty” (Consortium News)
- “Baghdad War Diary” (Wikileaks)
- “The Guantanamo Files” (Wikileaks)
- Collateral Murder
- “«A murderous system is being created before our very eyes» – Republik” (Republik)
- The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse
Marjorie Cohn is a professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the author of numerous books including Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Find all of her work at her website marjoriecohn.com.
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