Two days ago, Julian Assange, founder of the website “WikiLeaks”, was arrested in London after being evicted from the Ecuadorian consulate in London, his home for the past 6 years and nine months. Assange has done nothing wrong other than to exercise his inalienable right to free speech.
The US is requesting that Assange be extradited to the United States on a charge of conspiracy to commit computer hacking. He is accused of helping Chelsea Manning unsuccessfully try to crack a government password. Let’s not forget how the government has also illegally broke into iPhones and Google transmission wires, and therefore commits crimes against the very people they too are here to serve!
The real “crime” Assange and WikiLeaks committed was publishing Hillary Clinton’s trove of illegal emails in 2016, which ultimately led to Donald Trump’s election to the Presidency. For that, Assange has had a massive target drawn on his back, and the Democrats in Congress are clearly extracting revenge, particularly since Robert Mueller’s legal hit squad has been unable to interview him in the Donald Trump Russia investigation.
Prior to the Hillary emails, WikiLeaks obtained classified military and political documents, previously stolen from military computers by Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years for the theft. The stolen information was an embarrassment to the military, exposing lies and corruption. President Obama commuted that sentence after 7 years.
There is NOTHING illegal with a news organization publishing information that was stolen, particularly if the information uncovers illegal or questionable activity on the part of the government or a politician. The Supreme Court has upheld such protections and freedom of the press.
On June 30, 1971, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Nixon Administration in a 6-3 decision allowing the press to publish the Pentagon Papers which exposed deception on the part of the government and U.S. Military. Justice Black wrote at the time, “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.”
Since they can’t get Assange arrested on charges related to his publishing business, they instead manufacture a lame charge of conspiracy.
Assange should not be in jail. Instead he should be written into the history books as a patriot, a hero, a protector of freedom and information, a person who shines the light of truth on corrupt government and political practices!