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Paul Craig Roberts: CIA May Assassinate Julian Assange

March 1, 2011


Late last week the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court ordered the extradition of Julian Assange from England to Sweden under a European Arrest Warrant. Assange will likely be extradited to Sweden and questioned about a trumped-up rape allegation, two allegations of sexual molestation, and an allegation of unlawful coercion by two Swedish women who have been variously described as hoenytraps.

The Wikileaks founder is afraid that he will be extradited from Sweden to the United States where his lawyers argue he could be sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility or face the death penalty for publishing around 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. His organization has also leaked thousands of purported secret documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Attorney Bjorn Hurtig said his client Assange has avoided public gatherings over fears of being killed by a U.S. assassination team. Tea Party diva Sarah Palin and establishment Republican Mike Huckabee, among others, have repeatedly called for Assange’s execution.

According to former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration, Paul Craig Roberts, if the legal case against Assange fails and he is not extradited to the United States, he will be assassinated by the CIA (see video above).

Roberts told Russia Today there is “a concerted effort to nail him – to shut Assange up… If the legal attempt fails, he’ll simply be assassinated by a CIA assassination team. It’s common practice for the CIA to do that.”

In 2007, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh talked about a government assassination program run out of then vice president Cheney’s office.

The Joint Special Operations Command, Hersh explained, did “not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. They did not report to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the secretary of defense. They reported directly to him… [and] Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on.”

Hersh continued:

Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.

It’s complicated because the guys doing it are not murderers, and yet they are committing what we would normally call murder. It’s a very complicated issue. Because they are young men that went into the Special Forces. The Delta Forces you’ve heard about. Navy Seal teams. Highly specialized.

In many cases, they were the best and the brightest. Really, no exaggerations. Really fine guys that went in to do the kind of necessary jobs that they think you need to do to protect America. And then they find themselves torturing people.

I’ve had people say to me — five years ago, I had one say: “What do you call it when you interrogate somebody and you leave them bleeding and they don’t get any medical committee and two days later he dies. Is that murder? What happens if I get before a committee?”

But they’re not gonna get before a committee.

Author Douglas Valentine doubts the assassination program was run out of the Pentagon. “To begin with, this is a CIA assassination program, not a Special Forces program,” he wrote in response to Hersh’s speech at the University of Minnesota in March, 2009. “The CIA has concocted various euphemisms for its long-standing policy of assassinating civilians whose ideas and political beliefs it hates.”

Valentine characterized the assassination program described by Hersh as a rebirth of the CIA’s Phoenix Program in South Vietnam.

The Phoenix program assassination program was used to attack the Viet Cong. “Its origins are traced to Robert Thompson, a British counterinsurgency expert the State Department hired in 1961 to advise the US on police operations in South Vietnam. Based on a system he had used in Malaya, Thompson proposed a three-pronged approach that coordinated military, civilian intelligence, and police agencies in a concerted attack on the Viet Cong Infrastructure,” writes Valentine.

It remains to be seen if the CIA will assassinate a high-profile figure like Julian Assange, as suggested by Dr. Roberts. But it may no longer matter, not with establishment politicians calling for his cold-blooded murder.

Moreover, it appears more and more likely the Wikileaks operation may be a covert op designed to demonize and criminalize the alternative media. Webster Tarpley explained the operation on the Alex Jones Show last December:

See the rest of the interveiw here.

Julian Assange just may turn up dead, the victim of a strange accident, a supposedly random act of violence, or an untimely suicide.

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