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On Contact: Chris Hedges interviews Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks
Assange charges and extradition: A political question and an attack on the foundation of democracy
Chris Hedges discusses the US extradition request for Julian Assange with WikiLeaks editor in chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson
RT June 14, 2019
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court on Friday. Top independent journalists from the world over flocked to UK to cover his trial. Rick Sanchez explains what’s at stake. We’ll also hear from acclaimed documentarian John Pilger. Then host of “On Contact” Chris Hedges joins live from London, UK to discuss the case against Assange.
Media betrays Assange after profiting from leaks – Chris Hedges
RT June 14, 2019
Assange’s US extradition hearing will be in February 2020
RT June 14, 2020
By Glenn Greenwald,
Micah Lee The Intercept April 11, 2019
The indictment seeks to criminalize what journalists are not only permitted but ethically required to do: take steps to help their sources maintain their anonymity.
Image: Photo of Manning, Chelsea Manning addresses the crowd ~Roger Jones, 9/23/2017; Photo Julian Assange, Foto: David G Silvers. Cancillería del Ecuador. 8/18/2014
The US has charged Julian Assange with espionage, and he now faces up to 175 years in prison for telling the truth about U.S. war crimes. He is charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 which was passed soon after the U.S. entered World War I in large part to stop opposition to the war. If convicted, he will be the first publisher convicted of espionage for publishing classified information. The case could greatly limit what publishers can report about U.S. policy.
Assange is not a US citizen; so, if these charges hold, journalists anywhere in the world who tell the truth about the United States can be subject to prosecution if the U.S. decides the information is “classified.” In recent years, the U.S. has routinely classified information about illegal and unpopular acts committed by its military as a way of hiding them from the public.
Chelsea Manning, who initially leaked the information to Assange and Wikileaks about U.S. war crimes has also been jailed for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury convened to get information to prosecute Assange. Manning has refused to speak to the grand jury and play any role in the attacks on Julian Assange.