Six Reasons Julian Assange Should Be Thanked, Not Punished, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 18, 2020

1. The effort to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange for journalism is a threat to future journalism that challenges power and violence, but a defense of the media practice of propagandizing for war. While the New York Times benefited from Assange’s work, its only reporting on his current hearing is an article about technical glitches in the court proceedings — utterly avoiding the content of those proceedings, even falsely suggesting that the content was inaudible and otherwise unobtainable. The corporate U.S. media silence is deafening. Not only does President Donald Trump’s effort to imprison Assange (or, as he has publicly advocated in the past, kill him) conflict with media fictions about Russia, and contradict fundamental pretenses about U.S. respect for freedom of the press, but it also serves an important function that is clearly in the interest of media outlets that promote wars. It punishes someone who dared to expose the malevolence, cynicism, and criminality of U.S. wars.

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Will Griffin: Pine Gap: Australia’s Most Secret Site + Menwith Hill: NSA’s Largest Overseas Spying Base

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 17, 2020

“Then there’s that secret room on the base in which even Australians aren’t allowed to enter. For decades Australian government officials have claimed that they know everything that is going on at Pine Gap mainly in response to the public demanding answers to what the CIA and other US military agencies are doing there. So much has been and still is in secret.” — Will Griffin

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Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg and James Goodale: Assange Extradition and the War on Journalism

Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg and James Goodale: Assange Extradition and the War on Journalism

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Popular Resistance on Sep 9, 2020

The attempt to extradite Julian Assange to the United States for prosecution is a war against freedom of the press and our right to know. If the prosecution of Assange under the Espionage Act occurs, it will define journalism for the 21st Century. No journalist or publisher who exposes war crimes or corruption will be safe.

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Julian Assange and Charlatan Trump, by Finian Cunningham + Julian Assange Extradition Hearing – Sept. 9, 2020

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Sept. 8, 2020
September 9, 2020

If Donald Trump was genuinely against “endless wars” – as he claims to be – then he would do the decent thing and call off the persecution of Julian Assange.

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The Trial Of Julian Assange: Whose Side Are You On? by John Pilger + The Assange Hearing by Craig Murray

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Sept. 7, 2020
September 8, 2020

When I first met Julian Assange more than ten years ago, I asked him why he had started WikiLeaks. He replied: “Transparency and accountability are moral issues that must be the essence of public life and journalism.”

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John Pilger: The Dirty War on the NHS

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with John Pilger

John Pilger on Aug 11, 2020

Britain’s National Health Service, the NHS, was the world’s first universal public health service. Designed to give millions of people “freedom from fear”, the NHS today is under threat of being sold off and converted to a free market model inspired by America’s disastrous health insurance system, which results in the death every year of an estimated 45,000 people. Now President Trump says the NHS is “on the table” in any future trade deal with America.

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John Pilger: What Is Going On In The World Is The Struggle For True Freedom

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Aug 12, 2020

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.

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Global Assange + Julian Assange’s Father, John Shipton Speaks Out

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

ARTE Documentary on ~ Jun 30, 2020

The ‘Operation Hotel’ revelations back in 2018 revealed that the Ecuadorian government was spying on Julian Assange, taking refuge in their London embassy at the time. But recent evidence from Spanish authorities suggests that it was in fact American intelligence that sponsored the surveillance. With the USA currently trying to extradite Assange from his London prison to be tried for the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents on WikiLeaks, the global Assange story, murkier than ever, is ongoing.

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Chris Hedges: The Colonial War on Palestine

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 2, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the long, disingenuous role the USA has played in the Israel/Palestine conflict with Professor Rashid Khalidi.

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John Pilger: Can We Trust Our Governments In What They Say To Us About Coronavirus? No, We Can’t, Absolutely Not!

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Apr 8, 2020

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and film-maker John Pilger about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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NATO: From Covert Sponsor to Artillery for Terrorists in Syria + Assange Rips the Matrix by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
March 1, 2020

NATO member Turkey was recently caught out providing artillery support for terror groups in Syria’s Idlib province; now leader of the NATO alliance, the United States, is hinting at Russia and Syria holding dialogue with the terrorists to curb the upsurge in conflict.

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Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria: The Julian Assange Extradition Trial

Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria: The Julian Assange Extradition Trial

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RT America on Feb 29, 2020

On the show this week Chris Hedges talks to Joe Lauria, editor of Consortium News, about his coverage of US prosecutors in London attempting to extradite Julian Assange to the United States to face trial for allegations of espionage.

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Assange Hearing Day 1 by Craig Murray + USA v Julian Assange: Extradition Day 2 + The Assange Story: Wikileaks Founder’s Journey From Whistleblowing Hero To Exile

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by Craig Murray
Craig Murray
February 25, 2020

Woolwich Crown Court is designed to impose the power of the state. Normal courts in this country are public buildings, deliberately placed by our ancestors right in the centre of towns, almost always just up a few steps from a main street. The major purpose of their positioning and of their architecture was to facilitate public access in the belief that it is vital that justice can be seen by the public.

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John Pilger: Julian Assange Must Be Freed, Not Betrayed + The Prosecution of Julian Assange

John Pilger: Julian Assange Must Be Freed, Not Betrayed + The Prosecution of Julian Assange

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by John Pilger
John Pilger
February 18, 2020

On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.

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Britain’s Security Services Granted License to Kill, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Dec. 27, 2019
December 28, 2019

In a landmark ruling last week, a panel of five senior British judges ruled that a secret government policy of granting immunity to its state security service was “legal”. Below is an interview with one of the human rights groups which challenged the murky policy demanding that it be banned.

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