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The Other Reason Donald Trump Should Free Julian Assange by Nobody: 3:17pm On Dec 05, 2016
By Prince Charles Offokaja

Julian Assange contributed so much to the victory of Donald Trump in the November 2016 US Presidential elections, but that is not why I, a Trump supporter is asking for Donald Trump to release him from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, which has been his defacto prison for the past 6 years.Yes, under the rules of political give and take, a case can be made for the freeing on Assange due to his effective use of media that benefitted The Donald’s campaign.

Whether you like Assange or hate him, you cannot deny that the email leaks he published on his Wikkileaks site were so effective they were a real problem for Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.In fact, at a point, the Clinton Campaign was so feeling the heat that they asked Assange to also publish leaks on Donald Trump. But you know, like every media organization, Wikkileaks and its publisher may had an agenda.

And that agenda was to prevent Hillary Clinton – who as Secretary of State had seriously considered a drone strike to eliminate Assange- from becoming President of the United States, a position that would have enabled her to turn her proposals on Assange into presidential orders.Assange wanted to have a clean brake from President Obama, who never hid his wish for Assange to be extradited to the United States for publishing leaks that showed that the United States was spying on the phone communications of world leaders like the President of Brazil and the German Chancellor.

For President Obama, those leaks were a stain in an otherwise scandal-free presidency. And since Hillary Clinton had promised to protect Obama’s legacy should she become POTUS, supporting her in any way was a risk Assange was not prepared to take.That is one reason why he was so vehement in his leaks. That is one reason why, in spite of the fact that he became despondent towards the end of the election season, complaining to the media that he didn’t think the Washington elite would let Trump win, he still decided to ‘publish and be damned’ anyway.

His sentiments are understandable if you look at it from the angle of self preservation. If you also look at it from a Machiavellian angle it is also understandable, as Machiavelli counseled against helping an opponent one who wants to destroy one get power.So, having put all this into consideration, you can see that there is so much Assange invested in Trump’s victory, and if he were a free US citizen, perhaps he would have gotten an appointment like another new media mogul who contributed so much to Trump’s victory….of Breitbert News who is now President-Elect Trump’s Chief Strategist and White House Counsel.

But for Assange it is not that simple. It will take a whole basket of political will and political capital form Trump to free Assange. But that is what he must do. Let me explain why:The greatest power in the kitty of the United States is not its impressive nuclear arsenal. It is the conception that America is the ‘Leader of the Free World’. To many, for generations, America has been an example of what freedom should be like, and that includes freedom of the press. The level of freedom the press enjoys in the United States has always been seen as a great standard to strive towards.

To read the rest of the story click the link: http://zikistmovement.igbodefender.com/2016/12/03/americas-benefit-trump-frees-assange/

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