Panel: Julian Assange and Political Prisoners
Why is Julian Assange the first journalist to be prosecuted under the US’s Espionage Act for publishing? Why is Assange indicted, and the journalists from the New York Times or The Guardian who also published the Iraq and Afghan War Logs and the US State Department Cables are not? Why are there so many legal and judicial abnormalities in Assange’s case?
The Courage Foundation hosts a panel discussion of Julian Assange as a political prisoner, persecuted for exposing the war crimes and corruption of the United States.
We are joined by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner formerly on death row who will call in from his jail cell. Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther whose political statements in his youth were used against him at trial. Also on the panel is Jeff Mackler, a veteran activist who has campaigned for Mumia, for political prisoner Lynn Stewart, and now for Julian Assange. Finally, we’re joined by Cristina Navarrete, who was a political prisoner in Chile under dictator Augusto Pinochet, and who now speaks out in support of Assange in London.