Yesterday there were as yet unconfirmed reports that a grand jury has been ‘secretly empanelled’ outside Washington, D.C. to consider an indictment against Julian Assange. One of his attorneys, Mark Stephens told David Frost that Swedish authorities shared the information with him recently. Stephens claims collusion between the US and Sweden in these matters; that’s not surprising. Assange will be in court today in London for a hearing on his extradition.
Eric Holder had said this week that he has authorized significant steps to be taken as a result of the latest leaks, but didn’t elaborate; a State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the grand jury reports.
The conversation between Frost and Stephens on Al-Jazeera television is a marvel to behold. It’s calm and rational, two qualities that have been lacking in the American media coverage and outcries from politicians demanding he be tried under the Espionage Act, including Dianne Feinstein, Peter King, and Kit Bond. Joe Lieberman has wondered publicly why he hasn’t been extradited from England to the US yet. Insane cries for Assange’s head aren’t uncommon on the internet and television. . . . Read the rest of this entry →