skinster wrote:Tories will most def extradite Assange, they've not relented despite the pressure so far. Labour on the other hand, I doubt they would if Corbyn wins.
In the US it started with war hawk authoritarian conservatives wanting to go after him, but after the election, with Wikileaks releasing things against Hillary that could have tipped the balance of the election, it was the war hawk authoritarian wing of the progressives and Trump-haters who wanted his head. (Meanwhile those conservatives had half mellowed out on wanting to get Assange, fading into the shadows and not saying so much)
I think this just goes to show that, in some ways, conservatives and progressives are just two sides of the same coin, and unfortunately there are those in both camps who would want to do stuff like this. It's not just the politicians, it appears to be a facet of human nature, corrupt human nature.
Obviously true Libertarians and true Liberals are against this.
That being said, unfortunately I didn't see any Conservative Libertarians speaking up and trying to defend him. And the Liberals defending him seemed to refuse to recognize that it was members within their own ranks responsible for this.
My personal opinion is that President Trump probably does not really care all that much what happens to Assange, and it gives him no political advantage to speak out what his opinion might be on this. Hard to know what Obama actually thought, but let's not forget under his Administration they went after more whistleblowers than under all previous presidents combined
. Hillary probably wanted his had on a platter. And she was the one practically running half the show and directing foreign affairs.
The whole political situation in the US concerning this was/is far messier than most people want to realize.