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WikiLeaks Founder Assange Dodges CNN Subterfuge

2012 December 2

On air talent and the casting couch news

FromTruthDug Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly – 

During a televised interview Thursday, CNN host Erin Burnett—one of the network’s star establishment bootlickers—tried to get Julian Assange to incriminate Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks source whose detention conditions were investigated in court this week.

Burnett moved quickly from an opening discussion of Assange’s new book, Cypherpunks, to the subject of his relationship to Manning. For allegedly passing cables to WikiLeaks, Manning “could end up spending the rest of his life in jail,” Burnett said. “Do you feel any guilt about that since the information the U.S. government says he stole was published by you?” she asked Assange.

“The case [that was heard this week] is not about whether Bradley Manning allegedly stole cables or not,” Assange said. “The case is about the abuse of Bradley Manning” during his 2-year-long detainment, a portion of which United Nations investigator Juan Mendez described in March after a 14-month investigation as “cruel” and “inhuman.”

“Why was he treated that way?” Assange asked. “Well, his lawyer argues, and many others who have followed the case argues [sic] it was ordered to coerce him into a confession that would bring down me or bring down WikiLeaks… That’s the case that’s ongoing now. And that case is a reflection of the decay in the rule of law.”

Burnett responded by calling Assange’s citation of the U.N. investigator’s conclusion about Manning’s

Erin Burnett. She knows all about Corporate tools.

treatment “a strong point of view,” a description that served to reduce the facts of Manning’s treatment to the level of opinion—a tricky move, as everyone knows opinions are easier to disregard and dismiss than facts.

It should strike viewers that, during a week in which a federal court’s examination of Manning’s jail conditions was a major news story, Burnett didn’t “want to get into detail… about how Bradley Manning has been treated.” Rather, she wanted to know whether Assange was afraid that Manning could implicate him in a possible deal to earn reduced prison time. Read more…

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