Cathal Mac Coille: Taliban’s resurgence unlikely to help Assange’s case for clemency

With US policy on Afghanistan now exposed as a manifest failure, Joe Biden may feel that dropping the charges against the Wikileaks’ campaigner carries too high a political price

15th August, 2021
Cathal Mac Coille: Taliban’s resurgence unlikely to help Assange’s case for clemency
Joe Biden, the US President, has made no comment on the case of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks campaigner, since taking office last January. Picture: Getty

Joe Biden’s relationship with the news media has been very different from the relentless campaign of lies and insults that were a feature of Donald Trump’s four years in the White House.

Yet the US president has so far emulated his predecessor’s determination to seek the extradition from Britain of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks campaigner, over his publication of leaked military and diplomatic documents.

Last Wednesday, a court in...

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