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Corruption

Edward Snowden Calls on Trump to Drop Case Against Julian Assange

Written by Philip Hodges

Trump may have spoken highly of Julian Assange and Wikileaks on the campaign trail, but ever since he’s taken office, he and those surrounding him have changed their tune.

Now, the Trump administration wants to put Assange away for leaking classified information that made the U.S. government look bad.

We saw the same kind of thing when David Daleiden exposed Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood got mad after they were found out, and then they and the media went after Daleidon for ‘breaking the law.’

Governments and institutions only like whistleblowers as long as they don’t expose too much corruption. Wikileaks has damaged the reputations of governments all over the world. And you know that what Assange has helped expose is only the tip of the iceberg.

Edward Snowden is one of about 100 people who signed on to a letter urging the President to drop his and his administration’s case against Assange. From The Guardian:

Edward Snowden and Noam Chomsky are among those calling on Donald Trump to drop the US government’s investigation into Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

The pair – along with more than 100 other activists, journalists and government workers – have signed an open letter to the president that calls prosecuting WikiLeaks “a threat to all free journalism”. The letter asks the Department of Justice to drop plans to charge Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members.

“If the DoJ is able to convict a publisher for its journalistic work, all free journalism can be criminalised,” says the open letter, released on Monday by the Courage Foundation, a trust that raises funds for the legal defenses of whistleblowers, including Snowden. The group launched a campaign in support of WikiLeaks last month.

Trump praised WikiLeaks on the campaign trail, telling a Pennsylvania rally in October 2016: “I love WikiLeaks.” The organization had leaked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Others in his administration, however, have not expressed the same enthusiasm.

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said last month that Assange’s arrest was a “priority” for the US. Sessions’ words prompted the open letter.

The letter to Trump reads: “It was a free and robust press that provided you with a platform on which to run for president. Defending a truly free press requires freedom from fear and favour and the support of journalists and citizens everywhere; for the kind of threat now facing WikiLeaks – and all publishers and journalists – is a step into the darkness.”

You can read their letter here.

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