Will Trump forgive Julian Assange

Assange arrest: does it benefit Trump or his opponents?

The Assange case has long been linked to the power struggle within the ruling class in the USA

In connection with the arrest of Wikileaks boss Julian Assange, reference is made to an extradition request by the USA. It would be interesting to know who currently benefits from an extradition of Assange in the USA? Trump's camp or its opponents? Because the Assange case has long been intertwined with the power struggle of the various factions in the USA.

A few hours after Assange's arrest, Trump is targeted. In the case of Wikileaks, he declared that he was not responsible and referred to his Minister of Justice. It is not just a phrase when Trump refers to the US Attorney General in this case. A few weeks ago, a lawyer ruled Trump's Assange innocent.

Trump cannot set any independent accents in the Assange case at this point in time. That would immediately be interpreted by his opponents as interference in the judiciary. Especially because there are rumors about alleged contacts between the Trump camp and WikiLeaks. Its critics within the US are already recalling that the US president referred positively to WikiLeaks during the election campaign. The Washington Post, which is very critical of Trump, even claims that he referred to WikiLeaks more than 100 times in the last phase of the election campaign.

Does the Clinton camp have to fear Assange in the US?

Now even many former supporters of Assange cannot forgive him for allegedly contributing to Trump's election victory by publishing Clinton's email correspondence. First of all, this is an assertion that can neither be proven nor refuted. Such a causality is unlikely because in certain sections of the US population Clinton was considered ineligible even before their emails were published.

As a rule, the Clinton camp was never interested in the content of the leaked emails. It was enough that they were published to portray Wikileaks and Assange as Trump's hand camps. It is precisely the logic of the lesser evil that must be supported unconditionally that shows itself here.

Anyone who refuses to do this will be declared a great evil themselves. But there are also voices in the USA who, especially after Trump's de facto acquittal, are increasingly demanding that alleged or actual criminal machinations of the Clinton camp be investigated. Whether the incumbent president's camp takes up this demand will ultimately depend on whether it makes sense or is counterproductive for the campaign for Trump's second term in office.

After the investigations of special investigator Mueller, which the Trump opponents had high hopes for, ended without charge, a large part of the US population could be tired and disgusted by this form of political conflict between the two bourgeois camps in the USA. It could also seem like a revenge from the Trump camp if the investigation suddenly focused on Clinton and her surroundings.

On the other hand, the demands for an indictment against Clinton were part of the repertoire of the closer Trump supporters. This campaign could well be taken up again before the new election campaign. Then an Assange in the USA could also be of interest for statements.

The long arm behind Assange's arrest?

It remains to be seen in the near future whether Assange will actually be extradited to the USA and who will benefit from Assange's arrest and possible extradition to the USA. Until then, it is definitely premature if some newspapers are already spreading headlines claiming that Donald Trump's long arm has reached for the WikiLeaks boss. Some media professionals have an all too simple picture of how the US system works.

The US judiciary has proven time and again recently that it acts independently and in no way sees itself as the long arm of the president. It is therefore fatal if the hand in the background at the end of a long arm of the President is always fantasized about when the US files an extradition request.

A self-inflicted defeat is the arrest of Assange for those forces who celebrated Assange and WikiLeaks a decade ago as a symbol of transparency and freedom on the Internet. At that time, political aspirations were projected into Assange and his project that were ill-justified. Assange never saw himself as a leftist, so he cannot be blamed for betraying any leftist principles.

Delivery to Sweden still possible?

It was right to urge Assange and his supporters in 2011 to address the allegations made by the women who reported rape to Assange. But after the trial in Sweden was no longer pursued, it would have been right to demand the release of Assange, regardless of his often crude political attitudes.

Now that he has been arrested, the rape allegation in Sweden could be reopened. It was never locked. It only rested because Assange was out of reach. After his arrest, a lawyer for the women accused brought about continuation of the proceedings.

That would definitely make more sense than extradition to the USA. A clarification of the allegations of the women, some of whom were insulted and slandered by Assange supporters, would be an act of justice. And in the end, extradition to Sweden could also appear to be the lesser evil for Assange.

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