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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.

Related: FBI Whistleblower on Pierre Omidyar and His Campaign to Neuter Wikileaks
Julian Assange has His Internet Access Cut Off by Ecuador
Ecuador Spent $5 Million Protecting and Spying on Julian Assange


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:13AM (4 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:13AM (#706882) Homepage Journal

    Assange became a Clinton boogeyman much earlier than Trump's win. She was still pretending to be Secretary of State when she decided that he was evil.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/361459-secretary-clinton-drone-assange/ [rt.com]

    Several weeks, or only a few months earlier, Clinton was talking Assange up, but she had to "pivot" for a number of crazy reasons. Crazy reason number one centers around that unsecured, unethical (if not outright illegal) private server that Hillary had.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-adviser-roger-stone-sought-clinton-emails-assange-article-1.4008373 [nydailynews.com]

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @03:06AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @03:06AM (#706895)

    Assange became a Clinton boogeyman much earlier than Trump's win. She was still pretending to be Secretary of State when she decided that he was evil.

    True, but many liberal Americans including me welcomed the exposure of the machinations of the rich and powerful. It was only when Hillary kicked Bernie off the stage that many liberals lost their liberalness and it had to be Hillary or bust. The idea of a Trump presidency was the end of the world, and anyone interfering with Hillary had to be destroyed.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @12:01PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @12:01PM (#707053)

      That is yet another reason why she lost. She tried to blackmail voters with 'vote for me or you get Trump'. Too many people called her on that.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @05:31AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @05:31AM (#707484)

        You say blackmail, I say trusted people to see the obvious. Apparently she over-estimated the quality of the people in our country. Kinda ironic given the way she was smeared for saying that half of trump's supporters are: [nymag.com]

        are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @09:28AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 15 2018, @09:28AM (#707558)

          Kinda ironic given the way she was smeared for saying that half of trump's supporters are: [...]

          Not really, the criticism of that speech was primarily for saying that the other half of the supporters are: [time.com]

          the basket of deplorables