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Sir Keir Starmer implicated in the Julian Assange Cover up 

 

During Starmer's tenure, the CPS faced controversies regarding the WikiLeaks founder. The organization has acknowledged the deletion of crucial emails linked to the Assange case, particularly during Starmer's leadership. Additionally, the CPS attorney handling the case advised the Swedes against interviewing Assange in London in 2010 or 2011. Conducting the interview back then might have averted the prolonged embassy standoff. Assange and WikiLeaks initiated the release of classified US diplomatic cables in collaboration with major newspapers worldwide in November 2010. Subsequently, Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange on sexual misconduct charges, triggering a lengthy legal dispute in which the CPS played a significant role. Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi has been engaged in a prolonged legal battle to obtain CPS and Assange case-related documents. Nevertheless, the involvement of the then CPS head, Keir Starmer, in the matter has remained ambiguous.

However, while there is no longer an official record of Starmer's activities during these four trips on the British side, some information has been revealed on the US side. According to US records, on November 9, 2011, Starmer met with then US Attorney General Eric Holder at the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for a duration of 45 minutes.

During this time, Starmer's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was responsible for handling the proposed extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden. In December 2010, Holder had been questioned about the release of WikiLeaks' cables, to which he responded, "We are doing everything that we can."

When asked if he would consider prosecuting under the Espionage Act, Holder mentioned that it could potentially play a role, but there were also other statutes and tools available for their use. He further stated that he had authorized several unspecified actions as part of a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks, emphasizing the seriousness and high level of involvement from the Department of Justice.

The meeting between Starmer and Holder at the DoJ focused on national security matters. It is likely that they discussed actions related to WikiLeaks and Assange that were previously mentioned by Holder.

Starmer was part of a British delegation that included Gary Balch, the UK liaison prosecutor to the US, who handled extradition cases.

Patrick Stevens, the head of the international division at the CPS, was also present. He oversaw CPS activities globally to support UK national security efforts. Stevens played a key role in the UK government's national security and international justice strategy at that time.

Susan Hemming, the head of counter terrorism at the CPS, was also in attendance. She was responsible for handling issues related to "official secrets" among other things.

On the American side, Amy Jeffress was the designated point of contact, serving as the Department of Justice's attaché at the US embassy in London. In this capacity, she worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service. Prior to this assignment, Jeffress held the position of national security counselor to Attorney General Holder, which required regular interaction with the US intelligence community.

Jeffress relocated from the Department of Justice in Washington to the US embassy in London in September 2010, just two months after WikiLeaks initiated the publication of the Afghan War Logs. She remained in London until 2014.

Following Julian Assange's arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April 2019, Jeffress informed the Washington Post that a final decision would likely take several years to be reached, estimating at least a year or possibly longer. She noted, "These cases can become highly politicized in the UK."

Lisa Monaco, a DoJ official present at the meeting, had recently been appointed assistant attorney general for national security, overseeing the division's intelligence functions. Monaco, now the deputy US Attorney General, visited London in February to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Great Britain in countering national security threats. During her visit, she met with Matthew Rycroft, the permanent secretary at the Home Office, to enhance the collaboration between the Home Office and the Justice Department.

It has previously revealed that the UK Home Office assigned eight personnel to the covert mission to apprehend Assange from his sanctuary at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. This action was highly unusual given Ecuador's friendly status and the right to asylum as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The CPS's failure to disclose documents pertaining to Assange could lead to suspicions of a potential cover-up. During Starmer's tenure, in April 2013, the CPS denied Assange's request for his personal data citing ongoing legal matters.

Even GCHQ, the UK's premier intelligence agency, complied with Assange's request for his personal information, uncovering an intelligence officer referring to the Swedish case as a "set-up".

The CPS has no information on records disposed of regarding former head Keir Starmer's visits to Washington while serving as DPP. Starmer visited Washington four times between 2009 and 2013, with expenses covered by taxpayers. During his tenure, the CPS faced controversies related to Julian Assange's case, including the destruction of crucial emails.


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