Adam Smiths Left Nut wrote:Apathy - I'm actually curious on your thoughts about Assange and arresting him.
Interesting topic. Though not recently mentioned, I seem to recall Assange stating that he had people and stashes of information such that if anything happened to him, everything would come out. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't. Will those folks be willing to pull the trigger if they perceive that if they do, they too will be tracked down and prosecuted? Are they "true believers" willing to fall on their swords in order to ensure the info gets out? I don't think anyone knows other than Assange. I think that may be the only card he holds.
I suspect it will never go to trial, but be handled with a plea deal. I think there is more concern about what he still has and the powers that be are more concerned about it getting out than they are about prosecuting him because he broke the law.
I also don't think he is interested in providing information to the world because it is the right thing to do. I think it is a power trip for him to take on the USA. How much scandalous material do you think is available from other nations? I think it is reasonable to think that even if it isn't military / war related, there is a lot of juicy stuff they could have on other major nations - EU, Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Brazil, Japan, Korea, etc. not to mention international organizations like the UN, IMF and such, machinations of power brokers like Soros, political and funding inter-connectivity among political groups, protest organizations, media, funding, etc. and the amount of overlap. Hollywood? Wall Street and the equivalent overseas? Yet what has been released on any of that? Crime? Want to bet there are emails that connect WJC and others to what is alleged to happen on that "Pleasure Island?" You think any of that supposedly large group of high profile group might be desperate enough to call someone who knows someone who knows someone to try to keep it from coming out?
There have been conspiracy theorists who have said that they are convinced that he'll meet an unfortunate accident - like the ones that Putin's opponents seem to keep having. I don't think the US government would do such a thing because of the "doomsday device" threat of what he may still have and folks he controls. Could it happen from either other nations, groups, organizations or individuals? Depends on what he might hold and who is concerned about it.
I think there is a great deal of interest in getting him arrested. They may suspect but don't know how much of what he may still have. They may be specifically concerned about some things that are either a clear and present danger to national security, or may be of importance beyond what is apparent without the ability to weave pieces together. They are clearly concerned about getting their arms around how extensive the problems are, stopping future releases, identifying what sensitive materials may already be compromised even if not released, and identifying both sources and leakers.
Lots of folks would scream like stuck pigs, but if in fact Assange does hold that one card I referenced above in his hand, I think it is quite possibly playable in exchange for a "get out of jail free" card.