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      04-11-2019, 07:04 PM   #67
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Originally Posted by Run Silent View Post
2) He committed high treason.
Forgetting the fact that his actions should be protected by journalistic protections, or that the information he was publishing was criminal actions of the US government that would've been protected under the Whistleblower Act if they were about a corporate entity rather than a government organisation:

When an Australian Citizen in a European country acts against the interests of the US government, that is not treason.

the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government.

If Julian ended up collecting a stray bullet from an unknown shooter (assumed to be a US-financed clandestine agency), I'd say - fair's fair in love and war and that's a risk you take when you go to war with one of the most powerful sovereign powers in the world.

But if he ends up facing criminal charges on US soil - that would be an incredibly poor reflection on every western democracy involved.

He is an Australian in Europe. We should not be subject to the laws of your foreign government (ie. US Law), any more than you should be subject to ours.

... or do you think the CEO of Cisco should be able to be arrested in Europe and extradited to China to face spying charges against the Chinese government?

[edit: And just to be clear, this isn't just a crack at the US government over-reaching. Australia has been exceptionally piss-poor in this whole thing. Not only did we let him rot in an Ecuadorian apartment in London, but we updated our extradition laws to make sure he's got no right to a trial here if he comes home and the Australian Government want to extradite him to the USA]

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