The U.S. Justice Department is now considering charging WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange with espionage under the 1917 Espionage Act. If convicted Assange could face execution and/or life imprisonment. Robert Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only U.S. citizens to be executed under this act gives insight and thoughts regarding the Julian Assange case.
Meeropol believes that the only reason that Assange is being charged with espionage is so that the government can “squelch” the activists and journalists in support of him, along with squelching the truth to people all over the world. This imprisonment is saying to people “you mess with us; this is the kind of thing that can happen to you.” Article 3 section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which is the treason clause, clearly states that “The only treason that can be… where someone can be convicted of treason against the United States, the only act they can do is to make war against the United States and comfort its enemies.” In other words nothing else is treason.
Assange stood up for what he believed the people needed to hear, and still stands by his words. His case will last for a while until a fair conclusion can be met.
Title: An Interview with Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only U.S. citizens to be executed, under the 1917 Espionage Act.
Author: Dennis Bernstein
Source: Daily Censored, January 9, 2011
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