Assange Defense: Another chance to add your name!

16 November 2020 — Assange Defense

First, we have to start off this note with a huge thank you to all of the folks who have worked with us to get LTEs published in their local papers! We have had huge success so far and have published over 40 of your letters with more on the way.

What we are writing today to talk about is our next angle for LTEs– getting the President to pardon Assange before he leaves office. Whether you think this is a long shot or our best chance at freeing Assange, we believe this is a crucial piece of our advocacy. We want to show the nation and the world that across the political spectrum there are folks who want to free Assange with a Presidential pardon.

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Farcical Coverage of Julian Assange’s Farcical Hearing

13 November 2020 — FAIR

Julian Assange leaving court in 2019 (photo: Jack Taylor/Gerry Images)

WSJ: Julian Assange’s Request to Delay His Extradition Hearing Is Rejected by U.K. Judge

The Wall Street Journal (9/7/20) reported that WikiLeaks published “a huge trove of classified material that painted a bleak picture of the American campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

US corporate media have buried coverage of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in the UK, despite its being the media “Trial of the Century” (FAIR.org, 9/25/20). But even in the scarce coverage that does exist of this unprecedented case with immense implications for freedom of expression, one would hardly get the impression that the US and British governments are involved in an illegal conspiracy—in violation of their own laws—to punish Assange for the “crime” of journalism.

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Welcome to Team Assange!

13 November 2020 — Assange Defense

Thank you so much for your interest in defending Assange and standing up for civil liberties. I am Assange Defense’s digital organizer and I am excited to welcome you to the team.

We have a couple of different initiatives we are working on right now including a letter to the editor campaign and a social media rapid response team. We are also working on building local chapters. I am excited to connect you to your local chapter or help you build one!

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Iraq War Logs: 10th Anniversary

21 October 2020 — Assange Defense

Ten years ago today, WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history: the Iraq War Logs.

The Assange Defense Committee will release a video tomorrow to commemorate this anniversary. The video explores the background of the leaks, what was revealed, and their impact. Today, we want to give you a sneak preview of our video!

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Criticising Monbiot isn’t ‘demonisation’. It’s a first step on the path to reclaiming our minds

10 October 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The other day I wrote a piece criticising Guardian columnist George Monbiot for his failure to speak out loudly in support of Julian Assange during last month’s hearings in which the United States has been seeking to extradite the Wikileaks founder so that he can be locked away for the rest of his life on bogus “espionage charges”. Continue reading