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Should Assange be extradited to the US?


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  1. 1. Should the UK extradite Julian Assange to the US?

    • Yes, he should face the consequences of his actions
    • Yes, but only if he gets a fair trial
    • Yes, he is a major threat to the US
    • No, he is a hero! They're trying to silence him!
    • No, he may not be a hero, but this is going too far.
    • No, instead we should investigate the people he exposed and send them to jail or to the Hague
    • No, let the Australian government decide his fate since he's Australian
    • Not sure what to think of this decision
    • Not sure, don't know about him
    • Other
  2. 2. What do you think of Julian Assange?

    • He is a hero! He exposed wrongdoing by the US government and other governments!
    • He is a threat to the US! He works with Russia!
    • Other
    • Not sure what to think about him
  3. 3. Should Wikileaks be shut down?

    • Yes, it's not reliable/it is fake news, probably controlled by Russia
    • Yes, it's a terrorist website
    • Yes, the documents were wrongfully stolen
    • No, it reveals wrongdoing by governments
    • No, this amounts to censorship
    • No, shutting it down is a threat to journalism and whistleblowers
    • Not Sure, I don't know
    • Not Sure, I have mixed feelings about Wikileaks
    • Other

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Of course the US wants to go after whistleblowers like Assange and Snowden. Without actors like them, their extensive surveillance programs would be free to operate free from public oversight. Trump should have pardoned both if he truly wanted to live out his drain the swamp message. Instead, he pardoned lots of political hacks

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1. Quite clearly. He is being charged with legitimate criminal accusations, this is no political witch hunt. The UK and US enjoy a friendly relationship, both respecting the rule of law. This seems only natural. That being said, these accusations ought to be heard as all charges must; before the American justice system.

2. I am certainly suspicious of his connections to Russia, just as I am with Edward Snowden. Russia remains one of the greatest enemies to our national security interests and while I am not prepared to say he is guilty of any level of espionage, I am certainly suspicious of the company he has chosen to keep.

3. This is a bridge too far, the website has every legal right to exist. It simply doesn't have the legal right to break the law. Perhaps in the future it may reform from any daliances with the law and better comport with standards of journalistic integrity and whistleblower protections. Shutting it down would be painting this issue with a dangerously broad brush.

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