Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been pilloried by many as traitorous to Western interests. Yet those who believe in the sanctity of national and international law have cause to be grateful to Assange and those who support and assist him.
Unknown to Jim, American intelligence and some within the American administration had three months previously been discussing the illegal rendition and assassination of Baset Al-Megrahi.
STRATFOR is a Texas headquartered global intelligence supplier to the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The company's Vice President is Fred Burton.
On August 19th 2011, in a classified email, Brian Genchur, an employee of Stratfor wrote: "I would like to kill the terrorist [Al-Megrahi] myself. I'm hunting for him on my own thru a few channels. If he can be found, I'll have him whacked."
We can be sure that if Genchur and friends had carried out an assassination they would have killed any witnesses including members of the Megrahi family who were continually at Baset’s bedside.
Five days later on August 24th CEO Fred Burton added a further classified email: “While the world is focusing on the chaos in Libya counterterrorism agents could take advantage of this window of opportunity to capture [Al-Megrahi]. The symbolism of grabbing [him] and bringing him back to stand trial in a U.S. court would resonate around the world.”
The Genchur and Burton emails were revealed solely through the brave actions of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Those who believe in the freedoms of an informed democracy should have cause to be grateful.