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article imageVideo: RT interviews Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesman for WikiLeaks

By Anne Sewell     Sep 30, 2012 in World
New York - WikiLeaks spokesman, Kristinn Hrafnsson, says the US naming Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as an enemy of the state, will see him treated as a terrorist if extradited there.
Kristinn Hrafnsson attended the UN General Assembly, and was available for questioning in the US, after Julian Assange spoke to the assembly via satellite video link.
On September 26, WikiLeaks released an official internal document from the US Military that refers to Assange and WikiLeaks as the "enemy". The document is from an internal investigation in the US Air Force, released under the Freedom of Information Act. The document adds to the large store of proof of the persecution of Assange and WikiLeaks by the United States government.
RT had an exclusive interview with Hrafnsson and discussions were held on the fact that Assange has been declared an enemy of the state by the US, and if extradited to that country, would be treated as though he were a terrorist.
An extract of part of the interview is as follows:
Discussing the fact that Assange and WikiLeaks have been declared an enemy of the state by the US government, Hrafnsson is asked what this means to Assange.
"If he is extradited here he will be treated as an enemy combatant, as Al-Qaeda, and we all know what that entails."
"This is an indication that we see in documents that have surfaced, and were produced yesterday, that show that communicating with WikiLeaks and providing WikiLeaks with information, is considered communicating with the enemy, which is aiding the enemy, i.e. WikiLeaks is the enemy. "
"What is WikiLeaks, it is a platform for whistleblowers to get information out to the public. We are doing what any media organization should be doing. We are doing journalism, and the implication is that journalism, getting the truth out there, is considered an act of an enemy, which is rather disturbing."
Hrafnsson talks about the release of the diplomatic cables and the Collateral Murder video, where citizens and journalists were killed by the US military. He says that WikiLeaks cooperated with over 100 media agencies in the past, exposing the truth worldwide.
He discusses the Arab Spring and the double-sided involvement of the US government.
He discusses that the Obama administration is trying to deter whistleblowers from exposing the truth, by threatening WikiLeaks. Obama has used the Espionage Act of 1917 "more than all presidents after World War II combined, that came before him."
Hrafnsson discusses the hypocrisy of Obama, in that prior to his election, Obama had openly said that whistleblowing was essential and that he would support the freedom of speech of whistleblowers, and yet, after being elected in 2008, all of this has changed and the president has now "gone to war on whistleblowers."
Hrafnsson is asked about Assange's health, and he confirms that Assange is doing well under the circumstances. He is further asked why Assange doesn't just to go Sweden to address the questioning about the rape allegations.
Hrafnsson says that for the last two years Assange has offered himself for questioning in London, but refuses to travel to Sweden, as the risk stands that he might be extradited on to the US from Sweden. Sweden has been asked repeatedly for guarantees that they would not pass him on to the US, and they have never offered this guarantee.
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