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posted by takyon on Friday July 13 2018, @11:00PM   Printer-friendly
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Prominent whistleblowers and journalists defend Julian Assange at online vigil

Over the weekend, dozens of public figures, including prominent whistleblowers and journalists, took part in a 36-hour international online vigil in defence of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. The event was the third "Unity4J" vigil organised by independent journalist and New Zealand Internet Party leader, Suzie Dawson, since Assange's communications were cut-off by Ecuadorian authorities at their London embassy last March.

[...] Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 exposed the extent of US criminality in Vietnam, drew a parallel between his own activities and those of WikiLeaks. Referring to WikiLeaks' 2010 publication of US war logs in Iraq and Afghanistan, he stated: "I really waited almost 40 years, after the Pentagon Papers had come out, for someone to do what I had done."

Ellsberg pointed to similarities between the attacks that had been levelled against him, and the persecution of Assange. "I was charged with 12 felony counts, a possible 150 years in prison. Nixon had in mind for me what Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have had in mind for Julian Assange," he said.

takyon: #Unity4J. See also: Why I Stand With Julian Assange at The American Conservative.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @11:18PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @11:18PM (#706832)

    Assange is a rapist incel! He's wanted in 12 systems for rape!

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:20AM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:20AM (#706886) Homepage Journal

    Ho-hum. Only an AC troll still brings up the rape charges. Except, there never was a rape charge. Julian was accused of some sort of indiscretions that make little sense to Americans, so the American media spun it all into rape. But, both "victims" stated unequivocally that there was no rape. But, you go on believing the media's version of things.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @04:55AM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @04:55AM (#707473)

      Yeah shut up shitstain. Yours is the party of rapists, pedophiles and sex traffickers. Your opinion of Assange's sexual crimes is less than meaningless.

      Just to be clear, these are your people:

      Dennis Hastert (&Scott Palmer chief of staff) - Longest GOP Serving Speaker of the House (born again christian) abused teen wrestlers
            During sentencing he received 60+ letters from fellow GOP luminaries in support of his 'good' character.
      Mark Foley US Rep from Florida - chased congressional pages (juniors in high school)

      Jim Jordan US Rep from Ohio (Gym Jordan) as coach he allowed wrestlers to be molested on his watch

      Tim Nolan - Kentucky "hanging judge" trump state campaign chair and convicted sex trafficker
      Ralph Shortey - Oklahoma State Senator trump state campaign chair and convicted sex trafficker
      Roy Moore - Alabama Chief Justice of supreme court & senate candidate unindicted child molestor

      Eric Greitens - Missouri governor (sexual assault and blackmail)
      Blake Farenthold - texas rep (sexual harassment paid with tax dollars)

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday July 15 2018, @06:07AM (3 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 15 2018, @06:07AM (#707500) Homepage Journal

        I didn't state an opinion. I stated a plain, simple fact. There was never a rape charge against Assange. If you think differently, offer a citation. Not American MSM, because MSM isn't smart enough to understand, or to convey, the distinctions between the various sex related offenses in Europe. Find one single European news source that claims Julian Assange was charged with rape.

        You CAN, however, find citations, in which BOTH of the victims state clearly that they were NOT RAPED.

        Your list of American heroes has no bearing on this case.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @06:17AM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @06:17AM (#707508)

          Your list of American heroes has no bearing on this case.

          You know, I'm coming around to the idea that you are a pedo too. It sure would explain a lot.

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday July 15 2018, @06:32AM (1 child)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 15 2018, @06:32AM (#707515) Homepage Journal

            Don't chase that poor idea that you have your eye on. If you capture it, it will just die of loneliness.

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            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @02:01PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @02:01PM (#707600)

              Holy shit, runaway is a russian bot.