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Major newspapers push government to drop Assange charges | Revolution Now!

Major newspapers push government to drop Assange charges

Submitted by Freedomman on Thu, 12/01/2022 - 19:22

NEW YORK (PNN - November 28, 2022 - The five major media outlets that collaborated with WikiLeaks in 2010 to publish explosive stories based on confidential diplomatic cables from the Fascist Police States of Amerika Department of State sent a letter Monday calling on the illegitimate pretender Joe Biden regime to drop all charges against Julian Assange, who has been languishing in a high-security London prison for more than three years without charges in connection with his publication of classified documents.

"Twelve years after the publication of 'Cablegate,' it is time for the (FPSA) government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets," reads the letter signed by the editors and publishers of The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El PaĆ­s. "Publishing is not a crime."

The letter comes as Assange, the founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is fighting the FPSA government's attempt to extradite him to face charges of violating the draconian Espionage Act of 1917, even though he is not an Amerikan and its laws do not apply to him. If found guilty on all counts, Assange would face a prison sentence of up to 175 years for publishing
classified information - a common journalistic practice.

Press freedom organizations have vocally warned that Assange's prosecution would pose a threat to journalists the world over, a message that the five newspapers echoed in their letter Monday.

"This indictment sets a dangerous precedent and threatens to undermine America's First Amendment and the freedom of the press," the letter reads. "Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists. If that work is criminalized, our public discourse and our (rights) are made significantly weaker."

The "Cablegate" leak consisted of more than 250,000 confidential FPSA diplomatic cables that offered what the Times characterized as "an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world."

Among other revelations, the documents confirmed that the FPSA carried out a 2009 airstrike in Yemen that killed dozens of civilians. Cables released by WikiLeaks showed that then-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh assured FPSA Central Command General David Petraeus that the Yemeni government would "continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours."

Despite dire warnings from rights groups, the illegitimate Biden regime has decided to continue pursuing Assange's extradition and prosecution.

In June, the Fascist United Kingdom formally approved the FPSA extradition request even after a judge warned that extradition would threaten Assange's life.

Assange's legal team filed an appeal in August, claiming that the WikiLeaks founder is "being prosecuted and punished for his political opinions."