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Press freedom, human rights orgs condemn Julian Assange’s arrest

Major civil liberties, media freedom, and human rights groups speak out against the arrest of Julian Assange

Press freedom

Knight Center at Columbia University (USA) 

Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, issued the following response:

“The indictment and the Justice Department’s press release treat everyday journalistic practices as part of a criminal conspiracy. Whether the government will be able to establish a violation of the hacking statute remains to be seen, but it’s very troubling that the indictment sweeps in activities that are not just lawful but essential to press freedom—activities like cultivating sources, protecting sources’ identities, and communicating with sources securely.”

Freedom of the Press Foundation

Trevor Timm:

For years, the Obama administration considered indicting WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, before rightly concluding it could not do so without encroaching on core press freedoms. Now almost nine years in, the Trump administration has used the same information to manufacture a flimsy and pretextual indictment involving a “conspiracy” to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act—based entirely on alleged conversations between a journalist and source. While the Trump administration has so far not attempted to explicitly declare the act of publishing illegal, a core part of its argument would criminalize many common journalist-source interactions that reporters rely on all the time. Requesting more documents from a source, using an encrypted chat messenger, or trying to keep a source’s identity anonymous are not crimes; they are vital to the journalistic process. Whether or not you like Assange, the charge against him is a serious press freedom threat and should be vigorously protested by all those who care about the First Amendment.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

While the indictment of Julian Assange centers on an alleged attempt to break a password—an attempt that was not apparently successful—it is still, at root, an attack on the publication of leaked material and the most recent act in an almost decade-long effort to punish a whistleblower and the publisher of her leaked material. Several parts of the indictment describe very common journalistic behavior, like using cloud storage or knowingly receiving classified information or redacting identifying information about a source. Other parts make common free software tools like Linux and Jabber seem suspect. And while we are relieved that the government has not chosen to include publication-based charges today, the government can issue additional charges for at least another two months. It should not do so. Leaks are a vital part of the free flow of information that is essential to our democracy. Reporting on leaked materials, including reporting on classified information, is an essential role of American journalism.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Ben Wizner:

“Criminally prosecuting a publisher for the publication of truthful information would be a first in American history, and unconstitutional. The government did not cross that Rubicon with today’s indictment, but the worst case scenario cannot yet be ruled out. We have no assurance that these are the only charges the government plans to bring against Mr. Assange. Further, while there is no First Amendment right to crack a government password, this indictment characterizes as ‘part of’ a criminal conspiracy the routine and protected activities journalists often engage in as part of their daily jobs, such as encouraging a source to provide more information. Given President Trump’s and his administration’s well-documented attacks on the freedom of the press, such characterizations are especially worrisome.”

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

“The potential implications for press freedom of this allegation of conspiracy between publisher and source are deeply troubling,” said Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “With this prosecution of Julian Assange, the U.S. government could set out broad legal arguments about journalists soliciting information or interacting with sources that could have chilling consequences for investigative reporting and the publication of information of public interest.”

Reporters Without Borders

“Targeting Assange after nearly nine years because of Wikileaks’ provision of information to journalists that was in the public interest (such as the leaked US diplomatic cables) would be a purely punitive measure and would set a dangerous precedent for journalists, whistleblowers, and other journalistic sources that the US may wish to pursue in the future. The UK must stick to a principled stance with any related requests from the US to extradite Assange, and ensure his protection under UK and European law relevant to his contributions to journalism”, said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire.

Amnesty International Ireland

“Amnesty International calls on the UK to refuse to extradite or send in any other manner Julian Assange to the USA where there is a very real risk that he could face human rights violations, including detention conditions that would violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment and an unfair trial followed by possible execution, due to his work with Wikileaks.”

Amnesty International Australia

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

“Prosecuting Julian Assange for acts often associated with publishing news of public importance – including sensitive or classified information – has potential to open a dangerous precedent for every news organization,” said Dinah PoKempner, general counsel at Human Rights Watch. “The Trump administration’s open hostility to ‘mainstream media’ has contributed to an increasingly dangerous environment for investigative journalism worldwide.”

Australian Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)

MEAA has written to the British and Australian governments urging them to oppose the extradition to the United States of Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange.This comes after Assange was arrested by police in London on Thursday, April 11.

MEAA has stated that WikiLeaks has played a crucial role in enabling whistleblowers to expose wrongdoing and many media outlets have collaborated in that work.

(Download PDF of the letter here)

Blueprint for Free Speech

The current indictment does not directly seek to criminalise publishing, but targets the communications between sources and journalists that make publication possible. The journalist-source relationship is not a transactional, one-way relationship. Journalists develop their sources. Journalists enter into extended conversations with their sources. They discuss ways of verifying allegations. Increasingly, they use instant messaging protocols and encrypted communications.

Technology and whistleblowing go hand in hand. They always have. Daniel Ellsberg’s whistleblowing involved a Xerox machine, a phone and the post. Mark Felt used phones, coded messages and a car park. Today, whistleblowers and the journalists they work with use computers and smartphones.

The communication between a journalist and a source is a particularly vulnerable part of the publication process. If journalists are unable to communicate with their sources without fear of criminal liability, the press will have one of its most vital functions curtailed. Wrongdoing in powerful institutions will no longer be exposed and stories will no longer be written, out of fear of prosecution. Combined with the threat of extradition, today’s indictment represents a profound danger to the free press, not just within the United States, but also well outside its borders.

Center for Constitutional Rights

Mr. Assange’s arrest and possible extradition to face charges related to an alleged conspiracy with Chelsea Manning to publish documents that exposed corruption and criminality by numerous private businesses, tyrants, and countries worldwide is ultimately an attack on press freedom.

The arrest sets a dangerous precedent that could extend to other media organizations such as The New York Times, particularly under a vindictive and reckless administration that regularly attacks journalistic enterprises that, just like WikiLeaks, publish leaked materials that expose government corruption and wrongdoing. This is a worrying step on the slippery slope to punishing any journalist the Trump administration chooses to deride as “fake news.”

It comes in the backdrop of even further cruelty toward and imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, who continues to defend the integrity of her heroic decision to act as a whistleblower and expose U.S. government atrocities it committed in Iraq.

The United States should finally seek to come to terms with the war crimes in Iraq that it has committed rather than attack and imprison those who sought to expose the truth of it.

FAIR Media Watch: ‘Assange’s ‘Conspiracy’ to Expose War Crimes Has Already Been Punished’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should never have been punished for working with a whistleblower to expose war crimes. Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower, has done more time in prison, under harsher conditions, than William Calley, a key perpetrator of the My Lai massacre. Remarkably, Manning is in jail again, failed by organizations that should unreservedly defend her, as the US tries to coerce her into helping inflict more punishment on Assange.

Now Assange could be punished even more brutally if the UK extradites him to the US, where he is charged with a “conspiracy” to help Manning crack a password that “would have” allowed her to cover her tracks more effectively. In other words, the alleged help with password-cracking didn’t work, and is not what resulted in the information being disclosed. It has also not been shown that it was Assange who offered the help, according to Kevin Gosztola (Shadowproof4/11/19). The government’s lack of proof of its charges might explain why Manning is in jail again.

Code Pink

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning exposed US war crimes to the people of the world.

Yet we’re led to believe that they’re the criminals?! Shame!

— CODEPINK (@codepink) April 11, 2019


Moazzam Begg Outreach Director for CAGE said:

“This is a witch hunt against whistleblowers and those who are seeking accountability from the powerful. The UK-US extradition treaty which has always been ripe for abuse, will be used once again to silence voices of dissent.”

“Assange must not be extradited to the US. He is a truth-teller and one that has sacrificed his own liberty to shed light on the abuses of the world’s most powerful states. If no one is above the law as Sajid Javid boasted, then surely we should be supporting Assange not arresting him.”

Human Rights Law Center (Australia)

Emily Howie, a Legal Director at the Human Rights Law Centre, said any prosecution by the US relating to publishing true information in the public interest, including revealing war crimes, would set an alarming and dangerous precedent.

“Governments may be uncomfortable about a publication that exposes wrongdoing, but that’s precisely why a free press is absolutely vital to the functioning of a healthy democracy. If the US does this to Julian Assange, journalism is imperiled around the globe,” said Ms Howie.

Digital Rights Watch (Australia)

“We do not support arbitrary deprivation of liberty without proper due legal process. Mr Assange continued to seek political asylum in the Ecaudorian embassy in London, as is his right to do so, and the decision to revoke these protections is a worrying development,” said Digital Rights Watch Chair Tim Singleton Norton.

“If Mr Assange is extradited to the United States, it sets a dangerous precedent for the future of whistleblowing and transparent reporting of government operations in violation of human rights.”


“The UK should refrain from complying with requests to extradite Assange to the US that would aim at sanctioning his journalistic-like activities”, says RSF @avilarenata @IndexCensorship @P24Punto24

— IFEX (@IFEX) April 12, 2019

Fair Trails (global criminal justice watchdog)

The risks to Mr Assange’s human rights need to be taken into account if he will be extradited, says Fair Trials’ Chief Executive @JagoRussell. #Assange

— Fair Trials (@fairtrials) April 13, 2019

Veterans for Peace UK

We oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States and are deeply concerned that journalism and whistleblowing is being criminalised by the US and actively supported by British authorities.  The indefinite detention of Chelsea Manning and the persecution of Reality Winner and John Kiriakou have demonstrated that a whistle blower will not receive a fair trial in the US court system. We believe the authorities are seeking a show trial for the purpose of revenge and to intimidate journalists.

SEP (Australia) condemns the arrest of Julian Assange

The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) emphatically condemns the decision of the Ecuadorian government to end the political asylum granted to Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, literally opening the door for British police to arrest him.

The UK is holding Assange on trumped-up bail charges, and on an extradition request from the Trump administration, which is seeking to prosecute him for his role in Wikileaks’ lawful publishing activities.

The claim by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno that Assange had repeatedly violated “international conventions and daily-life protocols” is a transparent lie. The decision to hand over Assange to British authorities, paving the way for his extradition to the US, is a fundamental breach of international law and democratic rights. Moreno and his government stand condemned before history as stooges of US and British imperialism.

Assange is now in grave danger. The Trump administration is pressing for his extradition to the US, where he will be indicted on fabricated charges and face a heavy jail term or even the death penalty. Assange’s only “crime” has been to expose to the world the war crimes and diplomatic intrigues of US imperialism.

The New Yorker: The Indictment of Julian Assange Is a Threat to Journalism

…On Thursday, my colleague Raffi Khatchadourian, who has written extensively about Assange, pointed out that, as of now, it looks like Assange didn’t do much, if anything, to crack the password once Manning sent the encrypted version. Khatchadourian also pointed out that federal prosecutors have known about this text exchange for many years, and yet the Obama Administration didn’t bring any charges. “As evidence of a conspiracy,” Khatchadourian writes, “the exchange is thin gruel.”

Even if Assange had succeeded in decoding the encryption, it wouldn’t have given Manning access to any classified information she couldn’t have accessed through her own account. “Cracking the password would have allowed Manning to log onto the computers using a username that did not belong to her,” the indictment says. “Such a measure would have made it more difficult for investigators to identify Manning as the source of disclosures of classified information.” So the goal was to protect Manning’s identity, and Assange offered to assist. But who could argue that trying to help a source conceal his or her identity isn’t something investigative journalists do on a routine basis?

Association for Progressive Communications: Assange and Bini’s arrests, a serious threat to freedom of expression worldwide

These indictments contribute to criminalising a key component of journalistic ethics: taking steps to help sources maintain their anonymity. This poses a serious threat to press freedom in the US and worldwide.

“By criminalising actions that investigative journalists routinely use to protect their sources, the US is engaging in an attack on freedom of expression and the media,” APC’s global policy advocacy lead Deborah Brown says. “This can open the door for other news organisations and even individuals to face similar charges, and can create a chilling effect on the right to seek, receive and impart information, which is fundamental for putting checks on powerful actors and institutions.”

International Association for Media and Communication Research

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) —  the preeminent worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communications research — expresses concern about his possible extradition to the United States.

WikiLeaks was founded in 2006 as an online platform for the secure and anonymous submission of information by whistleblowers on the actions of power holders that would otherwise be concealed from public view and scrutiny. It has provided vital material for investigative journalists. For instance, in 2010, in collaboration with established newspapers — The New York TimesThe Guardian and Der Spiegel — the documents and field reports it supplied formed the basis for news coverage revealing thousands of unreported deaths, including US army killings of civilians in the Afghan and Iraq Wars.

WikiLeaks releases have played a crucial role in exposing government and corporate  evasions and denials, enabling journalists to uphold the public interest. IAMCR is dedicated to defending the principles of freedom of speech and the public right to know. Extradition of Mr Assange, an Australian citizen, and prosecution by the United States government would set an unwelcome precedent that threatens the welfare of whistle-blowers and discourages the sustained watchdog role of the media in democratic societies.

United Nations

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations

The UN independent expert on the right to privacy, Joe Cannataci, issued a statement following the arrest, saying that “this will not stop my efforts to assess Mr. Assange’s claims that his privacy has been violated. All it means is that, instead of visiting Mr Assange and speaking to him at the Embassy…I intend to visit him and speak to him wherever he may be detained.”

In a statement last Friday, Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, said he was alarmed by reports that an arrest was imminent, and that if extradited, Mr. Assange could be exposed to “a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial, and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Agnes Callamard (UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions)

By expelling #Assange from the Embassy, #Ecuador allowed #GB to arrest him, taking him 1 step closer to extradition to the #US, thus exposing him to risks of serious #humanrightsviolations. #GB has arbitrary detained Mr Assange possibly endangering his life for the last 7 years

— Agnes Callamard (@AgnesCallamard) April 11, 2019

Arrest of Wikileaks’ Assange in UK takes him a step closer to poss extradition to US, and potential “serious human rights violations”, warn @UNHumanRights experts.

— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 11, 2019

David Kaye (UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion & Expression)

many Americans and others may look at arrest of #JulianAssange as a kind of accountability for him & @wikileaks. in context of potential extradition to US, i urge ppl to put aside feelings and consider at least two questions

— David Kaye (@davidakaye) April 11, 2019

first, do you think the U.S. Government – this one or any other – can address allegations against him without doing damage to basic free press guarantees? can they cabin a prosecution to protect the press? i strongly doubt it; i only see downsides.

— David Kaye (@davidakaye) April 11, 2019

second, many/most of WL’s most ‘troubling’ and seemingly partisan releases were avidly picked up by the traditional american press, so-called legacy media. should they be penalized, too? (and how are they reporting this, btw?)

— David Kaye (@davidakaye) April 11, 2019

Maria Fernanda Espinosa (President of the United Nations General Assembly) “truly hopes that Mr. Assange’s rights will be respected and protected, based on international standards”

The United Nations human rights office Geneva

We expect all the relevant authorities to ensure Mr Assange’s right to a fair trial is upheld by authorities, including in any extradition proceedings that may take place,” U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing.

Politicians, activists and political organisations/movements

Jeremy Corbyn (UK, Labour)

The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing
evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the

Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April
11, 2019

Diane Abbot (UK, Labour, Shadow Home Secretary)

In this country we have protections for whistle-blowers, those
who take personal risk to disclose wrongdoing in the public intrest.
Julian Assange is not being pursued to protect US national security. He
is being pursued because he has exposed wrongdoing by US administrations

Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) April
11, 2019

We only need look at Chelsea Manning to see what awaits
Assange. She’s indefinitely detained for refusing to expose
whistle-blowers. And US officials have already deemed Assange guilty

Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) April
11, 2019

Richard Burgon (UK, Labour MP)

This shocking video from Iraq, revealed by WikiLeaks, showing
the killing of civilians and Reuters journalists provides some context
to today’s moves towards extraditing Julian Assange to the USA.

Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) April
11, 2019

Yanis Varoufakis (Diem25, EU)

When Julian took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, he
explained he was fleeing from US extradition orders. Many mocked him.
Today he is being held awaiting extradition to the US. Time for those
doubting mockers to admit they were wrong – even if they loathe

— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) April
11, 2019

The game is up. Years of lies exposed. It was never about
Sweden, Putin, Trump or Hillary. Assange was persecuted for exposing war
crimes. Will those duped so far now stand with us in opposing his
disappearance after a fake trial where his lawyers will not even now the

— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) April
11, 2019

Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize laureate)

`Mairead Maguire has requested UK Home Office for permission to visit her friend Julian Assange whom this year she has nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize’

‘I want to visit Julian to see he is receiving medical care and to let him know that there are many people around the world who admire him and are grateful for his courage in trying to stop the wars and end the suffering of others’

Srećko Horvat (Diem25, EU)

A sad day for democracy in the so called West. This is not
about breaching bail, it’s about extraditing #Assange
to a Guantanamo-like prison in the US for being a publisher.

Srećko Horvat (@HorvatSrecko) April
11, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard

The purpose of arresting #JulianAssange
is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet
and don’t get out of line. If we, the people, allow the government to
control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer

Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April
11, 2019

Dr. Jill Stein

Arresting Julian Assange for publishing is an attack on
fundamental press freedom that democracy depends on. Like Chelsea
Manning, US empire wants to imprison him for the “crime” of
revealing what our government is doing. All who support democracy must

— Dr. Jill Stein🌻 (@DrJillStein) April
11, 2019

Ro Khanna

Tonight on @HardballChris
I will argue that the over-broad indictment of Assange is a chilling
suppression of speech. The indictiment criminalizes journalists asking a
source for info or deleting chat logs. I detest that Assange helped
Trump. But this violates the 1st Amendment.

— Ro Khanna
(@RoKhanna) April
11, 2019

Mike Gravel (former Senator, Democratic party, US)

Official statement from Sen. Mike Gravel about the arrest of
Julian Assange

Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April
11, 2019

Jesse Ventura (former Governer of Minnesota, US)

What did @wikileaks
reveal? The truth about our war crimes. Julian Assange is a hero. Our
government doesn’t want you to know the truth. Get ready because when
he’s prosecuted, journalism/news as we know it & the 1st amendment
will never be the same again

Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) April
12, 2019

Katja Kipping (DE, die Linke)

So wie sich Blair im #Irakkrieg
zum Pudel von Bush machte, macht sich May zur Gehilfin der US-Justiz.
Nein, @wikileaks-Gründer
darf nicht an die #USA
ausgeliefert werden! Ich wiederhole, was ich 2017 sagte: „Whistleblower
weltweit schützen – freies Geleit für Assange“.

— Katja Kipping
(@katjakipping) April
12, 2019

Heike Hänsel (DE, die Linke)

mit Julian #AssangeArrested
bitte morgen zur Protestkundgebung vor Britische Botschaft in Berlin
neben Hotel Adlon kommen! #FreeAssangeNOW
Keine #Auslieferung
an #USA

Heike Hänsel (@HeikeHaensel) April
11, 2019

Carles Puigdemont (Catalan president in exile)

I am deeply shocked by the arrest of Julian Assange in London.
Human rights, and especially freedom of expression, are under attack
once again in Europe | @DefendAssange#FreeJulianAssange

Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) April
11, 2019

Rafael Correa (former President of Ecuador)

The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history,
Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London
to arrest Assange.
Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a
crime that humanity will never forget.

Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) April
11, 2019

Evo Morales Ayma (President of Bolivia)

Condenamos enérgicamente la detención de #JulianAssange
y la violación a la libertad de expresión. Nuestra solidaridad con este
hermano que es perseguido por el gobierno de #EEUU
por revelar sus violaciones a los derechos humanos, asesinatos de
civiles y espionaje diplomático.

— Evo Morales Ayma
(@evoespueblo) April
11, 2019

Samia Bomfim (Brazil, PSOL)

Pela liberdade de imprensa e contra a sociedade do controle
absoluto: libertem Julian Assange!

Sâmia Bomfim (@samiabomfim) April
11, 2019

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

I agree with @Snowden

Birgitta (@birgittaj) April
11, 2019

Edward Snowden

Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s
secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–like it or
not–award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in
the history books. Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark
moment for press freedom.

Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April
11, 2019

The weakness of the US charge against Assange is shocking. The
allegation he tried (and failed?) to help crack a password during their
world-famous reporting has been public for nearly a decade: it is the
count Obama’s DOJ refused to charge, saying it endangered

Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April
11, 2019

Pamela Anderson

Was anyone prosecuted for war crimes and corruption

exposed by Wikileaks ?

How is it more important to prosecute
a journalist for exposing factual information that was to warn citizens
of what their governments
are secretly up to.

— Pamela
Anderson (@pamfoundation) April
12, 2019

Oliver Stone

is a publisher for truth. He’s done great work on behalf of mankind
despite his inhumane treatment. This case is crucial to the survival of
our right to know and our essential freedom against #USA
and #UK
oppression — and now tyranny!

— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone)
11, 2019

Saskia Sassen

Don’t extradite Assange! Sign the petition #diem25

Saskia Sassen (@SaskiaSassen) April
11, 2019

Eva Golinger

Julian Assange is a journalist and publisher persecuted by the
US government for publishing information in the public interest. He is a
citizen of Australia and Ecuador. His arrest today in UK should be
denounced by media, journalists and all who believe in a free press.

Eva Golinger (@evagolinger) April
11, 2019

Ari Melber

The U.S. government indictment of Julian Assange is an
aggressive and potentially chilling legal document for journalists in
the U.S. and abroad.

That is a significant issue regardless of
one’s view of Assange as a person, or his work, or his

— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) April
11, 2019

Glenn Greenwald

The @ACLU‘s
point is vital: if the US can force the arrest and then extradite
foreigners like Assange on foreign soil for publishing docs, what
prevents China or Iran or, you know, Russia for doing the same to US
journalists who publish secrets about them?

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April
11, 2019

Cenk Uygur

I agree 100% with @ggreenwald
on this. What @wikileaks
did to bring forth @xychelsea
story was one of the best pieces of journalism of my lifetime. Now, to
have other so-called journalists doing the government’s job for them
by smearing Assange is gross and frankly pathetic.

Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) April
11, 2019

Ewen MacAskill

US did not waste any time putting in extradition request for
Assange. Terrible precedent if journalist/publisher ends up in US jail
for Iraq war logs and state department cables.

— Ewen MacAskill
(@ewenmacaskill) April
11, 2019

George Galloway

The name of the president of Ecuador will live forever in the
annals of international shame for the squalid act of treachery he
performed today. The British & US governments wrote the book.
International War Criminals shackling a chronicler of their crimes #UKGov

George Galloway (@georgegalloway) April
11, 2019

Evgeny Morozov

The Assange case offers so many people the perfect
opportunities to shut up & speak up. Alas, those that need to shut
up will keep screaming; those who need to speak up will remain silent.
Legal casuistry aside, no one fighting for democracy can support sending
him to the US.

— Evgeny Morozov (@evgenymorozov) April
11, 2019

Parliament of Catalonia

Parliament of Catalonia now #FreeAssange

Jordi Salvia 🎗 (@jordisalvia) April
11, 2019

Diem25 (EU)

“Julian is in custody for breaching bail conditions imposed over a warrant that was… rescinded. Anyone else would be fined and released. Except that Julian Assange’s persecution is all about challenging our right to know about the crimes governments commit in our name,” said DiEM25 founder and European Parliament candidate, Yanis Varoufakis.

We as DieM25 demand that UK authorities do not become accomplices of those whose only intention is to manufacture legal fabrications, narratives and create false enemies among the people. The UK government must to defend people’s rights to freedom of expression and protect those who fight for transparency. This can be the only antidote to preventing the continued rise of the extremists.

We further call on the EU to condemn this atrocious action which undermines the core values of our Union, and reiterate our support for our dear friend and founding member Julian Assange.

Pablo Iglesias (Podemos, Spain)

La explotación, la injusticia y los privilegios de los poderosos solo son posibles porque se sustentan en la mentira.

Por eso, si algo teme el poder, en España y en el mundo, es a la verdad.

Julian Assange libertad.

— Pablo Iglesias (@Pablo_Iglesias_) April 11, 2019

Samia Bomfim (Brazil, PSOL)

O PSOL se posiciona e conclama a esquerda e os democratas a se levantarem pela liberdade de Julian Assange e contra sua extradição aos Estados Unidos. Pela liberdade de imprensa e contra a sociedade do controle absoluto.

Workers Party (Brazil)

O atual governo equatoriano viola princípios fundamentais de proteção aos direitos humanos da ONU e da Corte Interamericana de Direitos Humanos ao entregar um cidadão equatoriano que estava dentro da embaixada de seu próprio país, inaudita na história diplomática mundial.

O Partido dos Trabalhadores envia a sua solidariedade aos familiares e amigos de Julian Assange, bem como aos integrantes do Wikileaks.

Richard Di Natale (Australian Greens): Use the ‘special relationship’ to stop Assange extradition

This arrest is a dark day for press freedom around the world,” Di Natale said.

“Regardless of what you think about Assange as an individual, he is facing extradition to the US on charges relating to his work to shine light on potential war crimes – an act that won him Australia’s highest honour for journalism.

“Seeking to punish Assange for exposing evidence of US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan would put a chilling effect on moves towards open and more transparent democracy.

Scott Ludlam Former Greens Senator on ABC (audio)

Noam Chomsky

Kenneth Roth (Human Rights Watch)

The US government’s indictment of Julian Assange is about far more than a charge of conspiring to hack a Pentagon computer. Many of the acts detailed in the indictment are standard journalistic practices in the digital age. How authorities in the UK respond to the US extradition request will determine how serious a threat this prosecution poses to global media freedom.

Hacking with Care

Let’s fight for Julian Assange’s rights, his life, and with him and Wikileaks for the freedom of the press, and ultimately, for the rights of everyone to live in a hospitable world, where compassion, altruism, courage are key, knowledge circulates in the hands of the people, powers are held in check, and history is no more a story written only by the “winners”.

Because that is what Julian Assange and Wikileaks stand for, what their work has done/enabled/inspired, what we should be grateful for and fight to protect.

UK and everyone must resist !

Jesselyn Radack, whistleblower & whistleblower lawyer

#Assange’s arrest puts at risk ALL journalists, publishers & media orgs providing info on another country’s war crimes.

— unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted (@JesselynRadack) April 11, 2019

Thomas Drake, NSA whistleblower

Ominous wake up watershed call for all press & media! Are truth tellers & truth telling increasingly viewed as treason by the liars & leaders of the State with the State treating both sources & the press as enemies of the State?

— Thomas Drake (@Thomas_Drake1) April 11, 2019