#FreeAssange MOMENTUM: NY Times letter, Lula and Albanese Speak Out, and Cryptome’s Founder Says, “Prosecute Me!”

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!

This is an unqualified WIN for Julian and for the cause of press freedom. Julian needs our help amplifying this message and encouraging other outlets to join the chorus.

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!

You can read the official letter (in Portuguese) from Brazilian officials to President Biden
on our UK campaign site

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:

Stella Assange headlines a PEN International event in support of #WritersAtRisk on Friday, December 7. Click here for more information.

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.

Get Involved!

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.

Even if you don’t have the time to get involved in your community or write a letter to the editor, it’s always helpful to spread the word on Facebook & Twitter.

There’s more in the works, so stay tuned.

The Assange Defense Committee

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