One of the primary witnesses in the United States government’s case against Julian Assange has admitted that he lied about key details in the testimony that was used to place the Wikileaks founder behind bars. Supporters of Assange are now demanding that he be released from prison immediately, now that the primary evidence against him has been recanted and proven as false.
The key witness in the case, Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, is a lifelong criminal who is guilty of financial fraud and crimes against children. In a recent interview with Stundin, Thordarson admitted that the Department of Justice and FBI gave him immunity for his other crimes if he helped them set up Julian Assange.
Thordarson had volunteered to work for Wikileaks in 2010 but it was later discovered that he embezzled more than $50,000 from the organization during his time there, so he was never a true friend to the organization or to Julian Assange. However, he was a con artist, and he regularly name-dropped Wikileaks and made it appear that his role within the organization was more important than it actually was. Eventually, due to his involvement in the organization, Thordarson was contacted by federal agents with the United States government who gave him immunity for a variety of different crimes if he helped them build a case against Julian Assange.
Ultimately, Thordarson ended up fabricating his entire testimony about Assange, making up a false story about how Assange had instructed him to hack government servers in order to obtain classified information. This conversation never took place, and now Thordarson admits that he made it all up to get himself out of trouble, but this remains the focal point of the US government’s case against Assange.
In addition to his statement, Thordarson has also provided chat logs proving that Wikileaks had no clue that he was involved with any hackers, and the logs also proved that he actively deceived Assange and the rest of the team.
When the Wikileaks team caught on to the fact that he was stealing money from them, they made attempts to contact him about it, and that is when he decided to become a witness.
It is not clear what will happen to Assange’s case at this point, considering that there is now significant evidence that the most serious accusation against him is false. In a Tweet after the news was announced, whistleblower Edward Snowden said that this should end the case against Assange. Commenters agreed that Assange should be released, but many of them were not as optimistic about the justice system, and still suspect a hard road ahead.
This is the end of the case against Julian Assange. https://t.co/bhFCfVBuq0
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 26, 2021
Since Assange is in the UK and has not yet been extradited to the US, there is a chance that the judge overseeing his case will be more impartial, and less likely to make a politically motivated decision.
At an extradition hearing for Julian Assange earlier this year, a psychiatrist testified that the embattled Wikileaks founder is experiencing strong hallucinations and is at a high risk of suicide. Professor Michael Kopelman, an emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, said that Assange has been hearing voices and has confessed to a priest that he was making preparations to kill himself. These preparations included drafting his will and writing a goodbye letter to his family and friends.
The embattled journalist has lived through some extremely intense conditions while being detained over the past several years. It was revealed in court that US intelligence agencies once discussed plans to poison or kidnap Assange while he was living in the Ecuadorian embassy.