Confinement in Ecuador’s London embassy is far better than in a US maximum security prison, risking torture and other abusive treatment. He likely hoped promising to accept extradition would get Manning freed. He’ll remain in prison until May 17 – lots of time for Assange to decide his next move. He expressed confidence of a fair trial under Trump. It may be wishful thinking – a big gamble he risks losing.
- the Collateral Murder video, exposing the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians by a US Apache helicopter crew;
- the Afghan War Diary, revealing uninvestigated civilian casualties and private military contractor abuses;
- the Iraq War Logs, revealing civilian casualties and uninvestigated reports of torture; along with
- US diplomatic cables, explaining corporate interests and espionage in international diplomacy.
Freeing Manning doesn’t change mass incarceration in America, or shut down its global network of torture prisons – domestically alone holding far greater numbers than any other country, including China with over four times the US population. America’s gulag prison system is the shame of the nation and high crime against humanity. Obama perpetuated an obscenity no just society would tolerate.