Thursday, 1 December 2022 — Assange Defense
It’s been a huge week for the #FreeAssange movement and you can feel the momentum building!
On the heels of the open letter from major press outlets denouncing the U.S. government’s prosecution of Julian Assange, mainstream coverage of the case has spiked. Even comedy legend Jon Stewart joined in!
There’s More Big News!
When it rains, it pours. In addition to the NY Times open letter, three other huge stories are unfolding in Brazil, Australia, and the United States.
1) Big Moves in Brazil
WikiLeaks officials met with president-elect Lula in Brazil, and picked up his support for Julian’s freedom. Then, Brazil’s parliament passed a resolution urging the U.S. to #DropTheCharges and #FreeAssange!
2) Australia’s PM: “Enough is Enough!”
Australia’s new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, spoke in Australian Parliament this week in opposition to U.S. efforts to extradite Julian. Albanese noted that he has “raised this matter personally” with the U.S. government and believes Julian has paid too steep a price for his actions. “Enough is enough.”
We salute Dr. Monique Ryan, MP for pressing the Prime Minister on this issue and the amazing Australian #FreeAssange activists who have pushed Albanese to deliver on his promises.
3) Cryptome Founder: “Add Me As a Co-Defendant”
Cryptome founder John Young made a bold move on Tuesday, asking the U.S. Justice Department to add him as a co-defendant in Julian’s Espionage Act indictment. Young admitted that he published the unredacted U.S. State Department cables “prior to the publication of the cables by WikiLeaks.” Yet, Julian was indicted and faces a lifetime in prison, but “no U.S. official has contacted” Young.
We salute John Young’s honesty and bravery.
Want to Learn Even MORE?
Here are some upcoming events worth checking out:
Assange Defense’s Stephen Rodhe has a great piece at Truthdig on the media coverage of the NY Times open letter.
December 10 is International Human Rights Day! There are major events in the works, and we’ll be updating you as details become finalized.
Experts, advocates, and organizers have been hard at work raising awareness about Julian’s case. You can reach out to them and get involved at our Take Action page.
There’s more in the works, so stay tuned.
The Assange Defense Committee