The Assange Case is Politicized

October 20, 2020

In an interview with Al Jazeera, lawyer Jennifer Robinson touches on the politicized nature of the U.S. indictment of Julian Assange, how the WikiLeaks founder is holding up, and what’s next in the case.

The U.S. Should Indict American War Criminals, Not Julian Assange

October 16, 2020

Acclaimed journalist Chip Gibbons touches on the unprecedented and dangerous U.S. indictment of Julian Assange. If the U.S. is able to extradite the Australian publisher for his journalistic activities abroad, it will open the door to abuses on other journalists and make exposing war crimes and demystifying war propaganda more difficult. Rather than targeting journalists, Gibbons argues, the real focus should be on those breaking the law and committing war crimes.

Assange Faces Extradition for Exposing U.S. War Crimes

October 11, 2020

Marjorie Cohn, law professor emerita and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, digs deep into arguments surrounding the Assange extradition case. Cohn notes the impact of WikiLeaks’ work, the politicized nature of the charges against Assange, and the importance of the case on press freedom.

Congress Moves to Save Journalism and Free Assange

October 6, 2020

The growing bipartisan movement to protect press freedom and stop the persecution of whistleblowers and publishers is a ray of hope in our otherwise divisive political climate. This article looks at H.Res.1175, a resolution sponsored by Democrat Tulsi Gabbard and Republican Thomas Massie. The resolution sends a strong message that journalism is a vital part of our democratic character and calls for the Justice Department to drop its efforts to prosecute Julian.

The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange

October 5, 2020

The Intercept’s Charles Glass takes a deep look at the lengths the U.S. government and its foreign partners have gone to in their campaign against Julian. From spying to violating medical and legal confidentiality to weighing assassination plots, it’s hard to see how any court could grant Julian a fair trial.

Artist Ai Weiwei Stages Pro-Assange Protest as Court Hears of “Intolerable Conditions” Assange Would Face in U.S. Jails

September 28, 2020

From the Associated Press: Renowned artist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside the Old Bailey court to bring attention to the prosecution of Julian Assange. “He is prepared to fight,” Ai said, “but this is not fair to him. Free him.” The article also covers testimony in Assange’s extradition case dealing with the oppressive conditions Assange would face in U.S. detention. Witnesses discussed the extreme measures Assange would be subjected to, including the “near permanent solitary life” he would live under U.S. “Special Administrative Measures.”

Ben & Jerry’s Cofounder: If Assange is Prosecuted, “Then We’re No Longer in a Democracy”

September 25, 2020

Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Ben Cohen spoke with AL DÍA about the importance of the Assange trial and the implications for American democracy. “The key to a functioning democracy is a free press,” Cohen argued. If the government can prosecute journalists for publishing information the government “doesn’t want you to know…then we’re no longer in a democracy. We’re in some kind of totalitarian state.”

The Next Bob Woodward Could Be Muzzled by the Assange Verdict

September 23, 2020

Trevor Timm, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, explains that the charges brought against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would criminalize good reporting. “We might not even know Woodward’s name if a government policy against “conspiring” was established law in the 1970s. The Nixon administration could have thrown Woodward and Bernstein in jail before their life-changing Watergate investigation made it to the front page.”

The extradition of Julian Assange would undermine freedom of speech

September 22, 2020

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, writes that he Wikileaks founder is a champion of democracy, and the charges against him affect journalists around the world. “We must keep this outrage from happening. I call on all those committed to the cause of freedom of speech in every corner of the world to join me in an international effort to defend the innocence of Assange and demand his immediate release.”

 

NBC News Covers World Leaders Demanding End to Assange Case, Trump’s Corrupt “Deal”

September 21, 2020

NBC News covers recent developments, including news that 167 politicians (13 of them heads of state) had signed an open letter calling on the U.K. to end the Julian Assange extradition case. The article also reports on the bombshell revelation in court that Trump administration allies offered Julian a “deal” if he would disclose his sources — a revelation that the prosecution conceded was true.