Last month, Donald’s Trump choice to head the CIA, Mike Pompeo, dedicated much of his first speech toward a hysterical and disturbing rant against Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange (I covered this in detail in the post: The American Empire Under Donald Trump Has Become Increasingly Desperate, Dangerous & Insecure).
Although the entire episode was an absurd and embarrassing spectacle, what really caught people off guard was Pompeo’s assertion that Assange cannot claim a First Amendment defense within the U.S. legal system because he is not an American citizen. Although the fact that the head of the CIA would harbor such an interpretation of the U.S. Constitution isn’t surprising, it’s alarming nonetheless. The following excellent interview addresses this claim and expounds on many other important topics.
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