[Daniel] Ellsberg was called The Most Dangerous Man in America by President Nixon’s national security advisor, Henry Kissinger. Now Ellsberg, an articulate and energetic seventy-nine years old, was passing on the baton to Assange—and going one step further. He agreed that Assange was a ‘good candidate for being the most dangerous man in the world’ and he should be ‘quite proud of that’. He also had some advice for Assange. He was ‘not safe physically wherever he is’. —
About two days ago I watched this press conference. The editor-in-chief sums up the fundamentals of journalism in a democratic society: If it’s newsworthy, if it’s in the public interest, and if it’s true — it should be published.
So many of knew Julian Assange’s days in the Ecuadorian embassy were imminently threatened but was not expecting the arrest so soon.
I know many readers of this blog have no time for Assange. I cannot deny I find his narcissism very unlikeable. But that’s not the point, of course. (And yes, I know the reasons others loathe him go well beyond his personality.)
A Real Test
The excerpt of the UNHR document in easier to read size:
The full document is at https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24042&LangID=E
Good Bullshit-free Analysis and Summary
Link to that Good Summary of What Just Happened / “Bullshit-free Analysis”:
Greenwald, Glenn, and Micah Lee. 2019. “The U.S. Government’s Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedoms.” The Intercept (blog). April 12, 2019. https://theintercept.com/2019/04/11/the-u-s-governments-indictment-of-julian-assange-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedoms/.
Assange’s Australian Lawyer Comments
The Video Clip
An Australian citizen is facing extradition to the US for his publishing work with @wikileaks, which has won the @SydPeaceFound and @walkleys Awards. Our government should take action to bring Julian #Assange home @MarisePayne @dfat @SenatorWong pic.twitter.com/XG7P2HuKPj #auspol
— Jen Robinson (@suigenerisjen) April 12, 2019
And finally, a pdf file of the seven page U.S. indictment:
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