Bad Faith, Worse News, and Julian Assange - Journalistic Commentary from Edward Snowden

Posted by freedomforall 4 weeks, 1 day ago to Philosophy
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"the US government’s indictment of Assange amounts to the criminalization of investigative journalism. And I agree with myriad friends (and lawyers) throughout the world that at the core of this criminalization is a cruel and unsual paradox: namely, the fact that many of the activities that the US government would rather hush up are perpetrated in foreign countries, whose journalism will now be answerable to the US court system. And the precedent established here will be exploited by all manner of authoritarian leaders across the globe. What will be the State Department’s response when the Republic of Iran demands the extradition of New York Times reporters for violating Iran’s secrecy laws? How will the United Kingdom respond when Viktor Orban or Recep Erdogan seeks the extradition of Guardian reporters? The point is not that the U.S. or U.K would ever comply with those demands — of course they wouldn’t — but that they would lack any principled basis for their refusals."
SOURCE URL: https://edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/assange01

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  • Posted by RonC 3 weeks, 2 days ago
    To me, there is little difference between Assange and deep throat and Burnstein. Both were government leaks implicating wrong doing by agents of the government.
    What is it that our government does that must be kept secret from us? Other governments know what we do because we did it to them. So why shouldn't the US citizen be informed?
    It could be a long list of nefarious acts from drug smuggling. arms sales, political dirty tricks, human trafficing, anything profitable you can think of.
    One element they seem to have in common is if it makes the republican administation look bad it gets amplified. Clinton pay to play, Hunter Biden's $500,000.00 paintings, or Obama's bowing to Arabian kings....not so much.

    In my opinion Assange is a hero, he illuminated something we should have known about.
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  • Posted by $ WhoAmI 4 weeks ago
    After a bit of research I have found that 1. Arenda Wright Allen, a black JAG nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virgina by Obamma on December 1, 2010, and confirmed on May 12, 2011, is mostly likely heavily involved in the sealed indictment against Assange in 2018, and 2. Kellen S Dwyer, is the Assistant U.S. District Attorney assigned to prosecute Assange. He has been involved in various attempts to implicate Russian hacking in the 2016 election of President Trump. Even these two facts have all the earmarks that the persecution of Assange is related to the Russia Collusion Hoax itself.

    I would like to know who positioned Dwyer in the post of prosecuting attorney. And when.
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  • Posted by evlwhtguy 3 weeks, 2 days ago
    2 points here
    1. "but then they would lack any principled basis for their refusals." Hypocrisy is never a problem for these people.
    2. They are trying the exact thing with James O'Keefe of Project Veritas.
    3. Sorry...there is another one....WE ARE NO LONGER A NATION OF LAWS.
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  • Posted by $ WhoAmI 4 weeks ago
    When did the U.S. government know that Assange had sources within the U.S. government, as well as information obtained from hacking when they indicted him in 2018?

    I confess I am thoroughly confused with this very significant event in world affairs of today. It is complex and involves more than just hacking into classified information.
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    • Posted by $ jdg 3 weeks, 2 days ago
      Assange did not hack into anything. He accepted uploads from people who did, or who were insiders and "misused" their legal access (in the opinion of their superiors).

      The main case I've heard of that is the basis for the US prosecuting Assange was an upload by Bradley "Chelsea" Manning, when he was in uniform and had legal access. So this is another Pentagon Papers case. And if the Espionage Act charges that Assange faces (and the Act's explicit exemption of itself from many procedural rights) are allowed to stand, then the Pentagon Papers precedent has been overturned.

      That's why they're pursuing the case.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 3 weeks, 2 days ago
    rump was my choice, but I wanted Assange pardoned, I also wanted Green New Deal exposed as the plagiarized version of UN Agenda 21 - Trump was too into Hunter and Twitter to do that stuff! We know our government lies to us and hides truth from us, we need people who will blow the whistle, we need free press! If they don't agree, let them counter it, if they think thye can, that is liberty. This free speech suppressions is ridiculous. I saw my first UFO in 1955, two lone going toward Gallup, NM. Have I believed all the lies from the gov. on that subject, not when I saw a craft follow are car at 50 mph, quite low, then go at warp spped soundlessly out of sight! Did I believe Behghazi sotry, not when I heard a Black OPs soldire tell what really happened. Do I know Hillary was in Iran , bleeding profusely from the head when her plane went off the runway, and she said he feel at home - harly, when severl foreign papers hadphtotos and reports proving hre lies. Do I know the Congress rns a pdophile operation, not from Google, but if you go to another search engine, pages of infor, nold news reports sceenshot, detail of the hows and whos. All this is becasue of free expression of new. Gov would and does hush up what they do not wnat us to know truth about. It is like lociking up all the books in "Anthem: to deep people docile and unquestioning. I saw, let Assange go, or face the consequences of a very mistrusting of gov. populace!Still disgusted with Trump!
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    • Posted by term2 3 weeks, 2 days ago
      I dont believe anything our government says. Its all propaganda designed to cover over what they do or havent done. Not a lot different from Nazi german propaganda/

      I find I completely ignore Fauci, CNN, most other media, even Fox. Propaganda is everywhere, and media seems to tell me what will make me sit through commercials.
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      • Posted by $ jdg 3 weeks, 2 days ago
        I now follow about 60 podcasts. None of them is from any of the Fake News Media. They're not all trustworthy, but I'm not in the habit of assuming otherwise.
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  • Posted by term2 2 weeks, 6 days ago
    I thought Trump should have pardoned both Assange AND Snowden, and in fact she should have hired snowden as head of a watchdog agency to supwerise NSA. But alas, he was too afraid of being impeached I guess or losing re elections.
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