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As US seeks to crush media freedom, we all need to read Assange’s letter from prison
06-11-2019, 12:04 PM,
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As US seeks to crush media freedom, we all need to read Assange’s letter from prison
As US seeks to crush media freedom, we all need to read Assange’s letter from prison

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The US government has now indicted Assange on 17 new counts under the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/politics/assange-indictment.html">Espionage Act</a>. <a href="https://www.whistleblowers.org/members/daniel-ellsberg/">Whistleblower</a> Daniel Ellsberg, who released the <a href="https://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/pentagon-papers">Pentagon Papers</a> on the Vietnam war to the <i>New York Times</i> and other newspapers in <a href="https://www.ellsberg.net/bio/">1971</a>, told <i>Democracy Now!</i> in response <a href="https://twitter.com/democracynow/status/1131904134955847680">that</a>:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">There hasn’t actually been such a significant attack on the freedom of the press… since my case in 1971.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) Bruce Brown, meanwhile, said:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Any government use of the Espionage Act to criminalize the receipt and publication of classified information poses a dire threat to journalists seeking to publish such information in the public interest, irrespective of the Justice Department’s assertion that Assange is not a journalist.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Assange is currently serving 50 weeks in Belmarsh prison for skipping bail – a sentence <i>WikiLeaks</i> <a href="https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/01/uk-court-gives-julian-assange-shocking-and-vindictive-sentence-for-skipping-bail/">described</a> as “shocking and vindictive”. The UN working group on arbitrary detention also <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/03/un-calls-for-julian-assanges-release-from-high-security-uk-jail">said</a> it was a “disproportionate sentence” for what it described as a “minor violation”.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><b><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The letter</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The letter attributed to Assange was sent to independent journalist <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV-ZJdwMlWHox0_TM1rC_kQ">Gordon Dimmack</a>, who was among many to <a href="https://twitter.com/WriteJulian/status/1125223798368870401">write</a> to Assange over <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es6OT4VsQAo&amp;t=2s">recent</a> weeks. Dimmack <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es6OT4VsQAo&amp;t=2s">explains</a> that he was reluctant to share the letter before the US government’s latest <a href="https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/23/assange-indicted-under-espionage-act-on-17-new-counts/">indictment</a> against Assange.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><a href="http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51738.htm"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Read the entire article</span></a>

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