On COI #71, Kyle and Will discuss the Biden administration’s continued push to extradite Julian Assange. Picking up where Trump left off, Biden’s DOJ has submitted an appeal to UK judge Vanessa Baraitser to challenge her January ruling against extradition on grounds of Assange’s mental health, apparently still looking to charge him with 17 counts under the Espionage Act.
The president has also ordered a Pentagon review of US China policy under a new task force, but it’s unclear what will change from the prior administration, as Biden has already embarked on many of the same provocative military deployments, drills and operations overseas. Leading the task force is Ely Ratner, a known China hawk in DC’s liberal interventionist circles who penned an op-ed last September blasting Trump as “weak” on Beijing.
More than 12 years removed from Obama’s pledge to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison, President Biden has done the same, ordering an inter-agency review of the detention center with the intention of closing it before the end of this term. It remains to be seen just how committed he’ll be to the move.
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