Former NSA Commander Under Trump Obama Asked About Julian Assange’s Future l SBS News

The former head of the US National Security Agency has faced questions about calls for the Australian government to intervene in the pending extradition of Julian Assange.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel last month approved the extradition of the Wikileaks founder to the United States, where he is wanted on 18 charges, including espionage and hacking.
Lawyers for the 50-year-old Australian said that if found guilty, he could face up to 170 years in prison. American lawyers said he likely faces four to six years in prison.
intervene to prevent the transfer of Mr. Assange to the US.
Speaking Friday at the National Press Club, former four-star Admiral Michael Rogers, who led the National Security Agency and US Cyber ​​Command under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, was asked about his take on such an ally request. .
“There is a group of federal MPs from the government, the opposition and the cross-bench who are calling on the Australian government to formally ask the US to drop charges against Julian Assange,” Anna Henderson, chief political correspondent for SBS World News, said.
“How do you feel about the risks and challenges involved for a foreign government to make such a request for an ally? And do you think the US will consider it at this point, given your past?”

Admiral Rogers said that the Allies “shouldn’t feel constrained”.

Former National Security Agency Chief Admiral Michael Rogers speaks in Canberra.

Former US National Security Agency Chief Admiral Michael Rogers speaks to the National Press Club in Canberra on July 22, 2022. Source: A MONKEY / LUKAS KOCH

“If you decide that it is in the interests of your nation, you don’t necessarily have to feel constrained,” he said.

“For example, we went to the UK and said: look, we [The United States] believe that he should be extradited. They might say, “This is problematic for us.” Or they might say, “Why are you asking me?” … That did not happen. We’ve made a request. It went through their process.”

Admiral Rogers added that he believes “every person is given due process”.
“That’s right for him. And I accept it. I believe in it because I think it makes us stronger as a society.
“But I also believe in the importance of accountability. So he needs time to present his arguments. And we’ll see what the court thinks.”
This was stated by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

But he said he would also not be pressured to intervene publicly, opting instead to resolve the matter through diplomatic channels.

“There are some people who think that if you write something in capital letters on Twitter and put an exclamation mark, it somehow makes it more important. It’s not like that,” Mr. Albanese said last month.
Former Attorney General George Brandis also

AUKUS should be an “engine of innovation”

Speaking to the National Press Club on Friday, Admiral Rogers said the US, UK and Australia need to use the AUKUS trilateral alliance to create a fundamental shift in the nations’ capabilities as America’s technological superiority lags behind.
“We are not optimized for the 21st century world. All the structures in the US that we have built reflect a time when the US was a leader in technology,” he said.
“AUKUS is much more than just an acquisition.

“We need to make AUKUS an engine of innovation. We should not use it to reinforce the status quo. We should use it as a means to increase the potential outcome using a variety of approaches.”

Admiral Rogers also called for greater technology sharing in light of Canberra’s acquisition of nuclear submarines through AUKUS.
“The undersea area is perhaps the only area, from a US perspective, where we believe we have and can maintain superiority,” he said.
“We have been very cautious about sharing technology in this environment because we believe that this is a major military and operational advantage for us.
“If we are willing to share this kind of technology with Australia, can you explain why we have all these other restrictions on things that are much less dangerous for me?”
Leading up to the speech, Admiral Rogers said ABC’s reprioritization has also led to a renewed turnaround in the Indo-Pacific.
“For a long time, especially after 9/11, the US has been fighting a counter-terrorism problem that has not been centered in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
“This focus required resources, time, attention, bandwidth decisions of the leaders. We have shifted that focus.

“But we have to recognize that circumstances have changed. The Indo-Pacific remains the cornerstone of the future for this world and we must be fully integrated.”