As many journalists and others have been saying for a decade, the US was seeking Assange to charge him with an anti-Constitutional law that threatens investigative journalists around the world.
Many people don’t like Assange, for a variety of reasons, some of them real, and some of them concocted by the US smear campaign run against him. They shouldn’t let their hate blind them as to the real threat.
Assange shared the scoops with newspapers, who are now also at risk of being charged with spying, while they practice journalism like Assange clearly does.
Assange has been a political prisoner for most of a decade and he still is one today, not a criminal hacker.
I’m elated! Chelsea Manning is finally going to be released. Obama signed the commutation today.
Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy organisation which published the diplomatic cables, has previously said its founder Julian Assange would agree to be extradited to the US if Mr Obama granted clemency to Manning.
The White House said the Manning commutation was not influenced in any way by Mr Assange’s extradition offer.
Mr Assange, who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, did not immediately comment on whether he plans to surrender.
But he did tweet: “Thank you to everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning’s clemency. Your courage & determination made the impossible possible.”
I think if the decision Obama made was not a prisoner exchange, then Assange doesn’t have to surrender. He’s already being illegally detained by the US extradition order they funneled through Sweden. Or, if he is sentenced to a day in prison, he’d keep his promise if he serves that time. I think a day in jail is too much for the person who stood up to the US intelligence machine and exposed some of their worst crimes.
ADDED: It’s only a shame that Edward Snowden and Jeremy Hammond can’t also be set free from their political prisons.
This is a great interview, it’s really thoughtful.
What will journalism look like in 5 years? Wikileaks created a whole new model that’s being used in the production of stories about tax avoidance by the wealthy class, while the middle and poor classes still pay income taxes.
What is #PanamaPapers? Over 2TB of leaked bank communications exposing shell companies and tax avoidance and money laundering by HSBC, UBS, and others. CBC and Toronto Star have the names of the Canadians, but will not be releasing them since they’d face libel suits for doing so without other supporting evidence (and probably even then still).
“When asked why Canada doesn’t have the political will to put an end to the abuse of offshore tax havens, Francis replied: “Because the offshore and taxation lobby is the most powerful in this country.””
Iceland’s Prime Minister may fall over involvement with the crooked Panamanian bank.
The London police force has wasted millions of pounds on detaining Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy for years.
The out-of-control police response to protests against the killing of Michael Brown in a St. Louis, MO suburb, continues.
Yesterday more journalists were arrested without charge, leaving little evidence for the wronged reporters to seek damages in a civil lawsuit.
This police riot in Ferguson is more evidence that Obama is hostile toward the free press (which includes Julian Assange trapped in London).
The police are blaming the media and the public for what’s going wrong. The blame begins and ends with their behaviour. Their member killed an unarmed kid. They refused to charge the culprit. They’ve fired teargas at children and peaceful demonstrators. They’ve arrested media. None of these things are reasonable in the United States considering the First Amendment.
The police said that anyone other than people carrying $50K cameras will be arrested tonight. That’s an illegal threat in the US of A.
It’s time for a lot of resignations.
The killing was live-tweeted