Presidential Candidate: I’d Drop All Charges Against Assange & Snowden
As I’ve said before, there are plenty of unconstitutional views that I disagree with Democrat congresswoman, veteran and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (HI). However, as she recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience, I couldn’t agree more with her comments surrounding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as she told Rogan that she would drop all the charges against both men.
When asked if she was elected president, would she drop the charges against both men, Gabbard said that she would.
“What would you do about Julian Assange?” Rogan asked late in the interview. “What would you do about Edward Snowden?”
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“As far as dropping the charges?” Gabbard asked.
“If you’re president of the world right now, what do you do?” Rogan queried.
“Yeah, dropping the charges,” Gabbard replied.
Though Sweden has decided to reopen an investigation into rape allegations against Assange, which has nothing to do with the US, Gabbard reiterated that she would drop the charges against him if she were president.
She also clarified that she would do the same for Edward Snowden and even issue a presidential pardon if necessary.
“I think we’ve got to address why he did things the way that he did them,” Gabbard told Rogn. “And you hear the same thing from Chelsea Manning, how there is not an actual channel for whistleblowers like them to bring forward information that exposes egregious abuses of our constitutional rights and liberties. Period. There was not a channel for that to happen in a real way, and that’s why they ended up taking the path that they did, and suffering the consequences.”
Of course, the conversation surrounding Wikileaks, as well as the Trump administration seeking to prosecute Assange and the dangerous precedent that sets for freedom of the press, along with the revelations of the crimes of the NSA against the American people were all part of the discussion during the interview.
“What happened with [Assange’s] arrest and all the stuff that just went down I think poses a great threat to our freedom of the press and to our freedom of speech,” Gabbard said.
“We look at what happened under the previous administration, under Obama,” she continued. “You know, they were trying to find ways to go after Assange and WikiLeaks, but ultimately they chose not to seek to extradite him or charge him, because they recognized what a slippery slope that begins when you have a government in a position to levy criminal charges and consequences against someone who’s publishing information or saying things that the government doesn’t want you to say, and sharing information the government doesn’t want you to share.”
“And so the fact that the Trump administration has chosen to ignore that fact, to ignore how important it is that we uphold our freedoms, freedom of the press and freedom of speech, and go after him, it has a very chilling effect on both journalists and publishers,” Gabbard added. “And you can look to those in traditional media and also those in new media, and also every one of us as Americans. It was a kind of a warning call, saying Look what happened to this guy. It could happen to you. It could happen to any one of us.”
Gabbard also pointed out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ridiculous notion that Wikileaks is a hostile non-state intelligence service, which Julian Assange completely demolished as soon as Pompeo said it. Just keep in mind what Pompeo said with his own mouth before taking anything he says with anything more than a grain of salt.
Keep in mind concerning how Edward Snowden has been treated for blowing the whistle on the crimes of the NSA while people like James Clapper lied to Congress about NSA surveillance as Director of National Intelligence yet, he not only faced any consequences but he got a job in the CIA-controlled media to pontificate more lies.
In addition to these two men being discussed, Rogan and Gabbard also talked about Gabbard’s meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Eisenhower’s speech in which he warned of the military industrial complex, internet censorship and breaking up Silicon Valley,and how she might stand against powerful elitists and for the American people without being assassinated.
All in all, it was a good interview.
I still don’t like the idea of a woman president. Call me sexist if you will, but I continue to believe that God provided roles for men and women and the office of the president was never designed to be occupied by a woman.
Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab, Minds, MeWe, Spreely, Mumbl It and Steemit