Julian Assange‘s U.S. attorney, Michael Ratner, claims that the U.S. is getting tougher with Bradley Manning hoping to pressure him to testify against the WikiLeaks founder. He tells The Real News Network:
They would want him to testify or roll over against Julian. And it’s not me making that up. The lawyer for Bradley Manning, David Coombs, has said openly in court that they are going after Manning with so much toughness, with wanting a 40-year sentence or whatever he said in court, because they want him to testify against Julian Assange. A remarkable story here in some way is that Bradley Manning—whether he knows something or not I have no idea, or [whether] there’s even something to know—has so far not buckled to incredible torture in prison and a potential of a life sentence from a U.S. court. And so that’s remarkable.
And now we know why Assange is stuck in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Pressure is on Swede too. Ratner claims that “Sweden’s refusal to interview Assange in London (about his alleged sexual misconduct) suggests they are working with US towards extradition.”
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