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      Five major news outlets, including the New York Times, have called on the Biden administration to drop charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Obtaining and publishing “sensitive information,” they wrote, “is a core part of the daily work of journalists.”

      The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El Pais all published details from diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks in 2010. These documents revealed that the US spied on its allies, undercounted civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, and waged a secret war in Yemen.

      Assange has been detained in the UK since 2019, and is currently held in a maximum-security prison awaiting extradition to the US, where he is facing charges of espionage related to the publication of these cables, as well as a trove of documents alleging US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      “This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s first amendment and the freedom of the press,” the outlets wrote on Monday. “Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists. If that work is criminalized, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.”

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      I was wondering when the mainstream press would realize that this sets a dangerous precedent. Set him free Biden!

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      NV Wino
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      Will he do it? 👍👎

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        Trump at least considered it.

    • #498647
      Scott Crowder
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      I’m wondering why they’re making a stink now?

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        Ohio Barbarian
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        Defense attorneys, discovery, making classified evidence public or at least making the public aware that such evidence exists, potential embarrassment for the Administration. Like that.

        I have no idea if he is right, but this is a full 180 by the NYT, which is American state media. Somebody changed their mind.

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      Black LeBaron
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      That’s the question:  Why make a stink now?  I doubt the New York Times and Guardian would go against the security state in something this big.  So, I’ll guess the security state told them to write this.  Maybe the trial would be an embarrassment for the US, so the plan is to release him before the trial (maybe some time in 2023 or ’24, after having already taken over a decade of his life).  Having the NY Times ask for his release may make that part of the public that reads the NY Times more accepting of the eventual result.

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      The NY Times has become Pravda, almost literally.

      It speaks on behalf of the powerful and so it’s an important media outlet to the extent it tells us what the powerful want us to think, but intelligent people know that courageous real journalism is found elsewhere, among those who speak for the powerless, advocating for working people, people who need health care, innocent civilians caught in crossfire.

      There is no muckraking going on at the NY Times anymore. Or any of those CIA-co-opted Western outlets, like Guardian or Der Spiegel. Because real journalism gets censored, literally. And so the price of real journalism is too high for people who need to work for a living.

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      Seem to be able to answer.

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      Attorney: Plenty to Uncover on CIA-Backed Spying that Violated Privacy of Assange Visitors (Shadowproof)


      In August, a lawsuit against the CIA, former CIA director Mike Pompeo, UC Global, and UC Global director David Morales was filed that alleged Americans who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange when he was living in the Ecuador embassy had their privacy rights violated.

      Attorney Richard Roth filed a complaint on behalf of two attorneys, Deborah Hrbek and Margaret Ratner-Kunstler, and two journalists, Charles Glass and John Goetz. They say they were spied upon by the CIA-backed operation when they met with Assange.

      The lawsuit will be deliberated over in a United States court in the Southern District of New York. It was assigned to Judge John Koeltl.

      Kevin Gosztola recently spoke with Richard about the status of the lawsuit and what happens next.



      There is Attorney-Client Privileged, plus Doctor-Patient Privileged, not to mention, the 4th Amendment which was completely trashed with these actions. There is already a mass amount of evidence from a trial held in the country of Spain, now there is legitimate trail in the U.S.A. Federal Court. A U.S.A. Federal Court is not a joke process and will take the games which people in Washington, D.C. are used to getting away with. There are going to be some people who are going to be held to account for their actions.

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    • #498724
      Ohio Barbarian
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      What made them change their mind or come to decide policy? I have no idea.

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    • #498726
      Passionate Progressive
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      is too little too late…..

      Per @ ohiobarbarian …Its a matter of tptb having come to the/some realization that the trial is more trouble than its worth….and the US moral authority had long ago sunk beyond redemption with the global south….As for the NYT – it’s a pr move trying to salvage what little credibility they had left.

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