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The arrest by British Metropolitan Police of Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange, dragged unceremonially out of the Ecuadoran Embassy in
London on a charge of failure to appear for a court hearing on an
expired (and trumped-up) accusation in Sweden of sexual assault, is a
grave and terrible threat to independent journalism and to the US
Constitution’s First Amendment promise of freedom of the press.

Make no mistake. This arrest, made at the
UK government’s insistence, for “failure to appear” in court for a no
longer required hearing on an expired Swedish extradition request to
“question him” about a bogus charge of sexual assault, is all a gigantic
fraud.

At the same time as the arrest was made,
and that the Ecuadorian government shamelessly invited UK police into
their Embassy to arrest and remove Assange, London Police revealed what
has long been known by Assange and his attorneys: that behind it all is
the US government, which has for nine years had a secret sealed
indictment waiting, an indictment charging Assange with a conspiracy
with Army veteran Chelsea Manning to steal and disseminate classified US
military documents related to conduct of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
A US warrant requesting Assange’s extradition from the UK to the US was
also reportedly issued in 2017.

As Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept, who worked with Assange and Wikileaks in
reporting on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to help Snowden escape US
arrest and win asylum in Russia, tweeted early this morning, “If you’re
cheering Assange’s arrest based on a US extradition request, your
allies in your celebration are the most extremist elements of the Trump
administration, whose primary and explicit goal is to criminalize
reporting on classified docs & punish (Wikileaks) for exposing war crimes.

Indeed, the specific documents that
Assange and Manning released (the latter, released in 2016 from a
32-year military court-martial sentence for disclosing classified
military and diplomatic documents after having her sentence commuted by
President Barack Obama, but currently in prison again for refusing to
testify to a Grand Jury investigating Assange and Wikileaks), exposed grave war crimes by US forces in those two wars.

Since Assange seven years ago accepted an
asylum offer from Ecuador and its then president Rafael Correa to avoid
being extradited by to the US, jumping bail and escaping into the
safety of the Ecuadorian Embassy, a shameless campaign by the US
government and a complicit mainstream US and UK media to denigrate him,
portray him as a sex offender, and deny that he is a journalism, has
been underway.

As well, during his seven years holed up
in the tiny Ecuadorian Embassy, which is actually just one floor of an
apartment building in a swanky part of London, the US brought intense
pressure, including economic threats, against Ecuador trying to get the
little Latin American nation to revoke the asylum offer granted to
Assange by Correa. Following Assange’s arrest and disclosure by London
Police of the US extradition request, Correa said of the decision by his
successor to revoke that grant of asylum:  “The
greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin
Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to
arrest Assange. Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime
that humanity will never forget.”

Investigative journalists around the
globe, if they are honest, understand that Assange is a journalist in
the best sense of the profession, and that Wikileaks is a publisher, an
organization set up by Assange in the first place as a safe location for
whistleblowers to leak information about corporate and government
crimes. The organization’s leaks have led to many major stories
published by major news organizations like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the UK Guardian newspaper and various broadcast news organizations — often, as in the case of the Times, the Post and the Guardian,
the very organizations that have participated in vilifying Assange
while making oodles of money on publishing stories based upon
information obtained from his Wikileaks publication.

The danger for all of us in this
profession who rely on whistleblowers to do our jobs and who often
publish information deemed classified or secret by the government —
myself included — is that if the US and UK governments are allowed to
convince a court that Wikileaks is not a journalistic organization and that Assange is not a
journalist, it will begin a process of narrowing the definition of
journalism that will ultimately erase real journalism in those
countries.

Just as an example, I founded the online news site ThisCantBeHappening! back
in 2010, teaming up with several other journalists to operate it as a
collectively run, non-hierarchical news organization. It’s easy to
imaging that a court these days in the US could decide that because we
have no formal editors but simply publish our own articles as we write
them, and that because we are not on any payroll, that we are simply a
bunch of bloggers, not real journalists, and that therefore we are not
entitled to the protection of the First Amendment?

On my site, I exposed several US embassy
and consular workers in Pakistan as CIA operatives — in one case as the
CIA station chief. This is technically a violation of the Intelligence
Identities Protection Act, a serious felony.  I
did these stories based not upon stolen information or whistleblowers,
but based upon old articles that my research turned up in a Brazilian
magazine in one case and from and several Pakistani and Indian news
organizations in the other, but I have no idea how those several
publications obtained their information. Perhaps it was secret
information obtained from police whistleblowers in those two countries. I
felt confident in ignoring the US law because the information was in
the public domain already in Pakistan and Brazil, but one publication I
initially sought to publish my articles in nonetheless declined to
publish them for fear they and I could end up facing prosecution under
the act. I ended up publishing them on our site both times (and also in
Counterpunch, which had no problem running them). My colleagues at ThisCantBeHappening! all volunteered to add their names to one article’s byline to share the risk of prosecution with me.

If Assange and Wikileaks were to
be declared non-journalists and non-news organizations, could the next
step be to declare independent online news outfits like ours nothing but
collections of bloggers and strip them of their First Amendment
protection?

As Rolling Stone investigative
journalist Matt Taibi said, following Assange’s arrest, “All of us in
the press should read the charges made against Assange very carefully,
as this case has enormous potential ramifications for journalists
everywhere.” 

He’s right.

The pressure needs to be brought on the
UK right now, demanding that the government and the courts in Britain
drop the bail-jumping charge against Assange, which was mooted anyhow
when the Swedish request for Assange to be extradited there to answer
questions from prosecutors expired. (Though the mass media keep
incorrectly reporting that he was charged with rape and sexual assault,
Assange was in truth never formally charged with either crime and the
women who made complaints against him later withdrew them saying they
had been pressured into making them by prosecutors linked to Swedish
intelligence in what appears to have been a secret effort to get Assange
later deported from Sweden to the US.)

The British government, under Prime
Minister Theresa May, notoriously subservient to the interests of the US
government particular on military, foreign affairs and national
security issues, must also be pressed to resist the US government’s
extradition request. The Trump administration and all too many members
of the US Congress—Republican and Democrat—may be ready to  trample
on the First Amendment where Assange is concerned, particularly as he
is also being vilified for disclosing the embarrassing emails of the
Democratic National Committee and of Democratic presidential candidate
Hillary Clinton. But Britain should not be party to that shabby and
dangerous erosion of press freedom here in the US.

These are dangerous times for democratic
freedoms in the US and around the globe. We hear all the time about a
creeping fascism in America, and the long pursuit by the US government,
under both President Obama and President Trump, aided and abetted by
both members of Congress and by the US corporate media, is contributing
to that trend.

Predictably, scumbag politicians in
Congress on both sides of the aisle, all representing the two wings of
the US War Party, are reflexively calling now for Assange’s hasty
extradition to face the tender mercies of US “justice” —  the
same “justice” that saw Chelsea Manning forced to spend a year in
pre-trial detention, much of it in solitary confinement and much of that
time forced to remain naked in her cold cell, and that featured a judge
who would not allow her to claim in her defense that she was acting
under the US Military Code of Justice and the Geneva Convention Rules of
War that require a soldier to expose war crimes, not cover them up or
ignore them.

Within hours of Assange’s arrest,
national security state apologists like Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chair
of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA),
ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, were accusing
Assange of jeopardizing US National Security “again and again” through
release of secret US documents, and through support of “Russian efforts
to undermine the West” and of a “conspiracy to undermine American
security.”  Meanwhile Sen.
Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, called Assange “an
agent of the Russian intelligence agencies,” as did Sen. Richard Burr
(R-NC ) the committee chair, who went further to claim Assange “engaged
in a conspiracy to steal classified information, putting millions of
lives at risk all over the world.”  Although
so far only charged with one count of “conspiracy to commit computer
intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government
computer,” a crime that carries a maximum 5-year sentence — less than
the time Assange has been trapped in the Ecuadorian Embassy,  Sen. Ben
Sasse (R-NE) tweeted today that he should serve “the rest of his life”
in prison.

This kind of jingoistic crap, spouted by
far too many American politicians who are supposed to be sworn to
“uphold and defend the Constitution,” is powerful evidence of how
seriously freedom and especially a free press are under threat and
actual assault in the US by our government.

Release Julian Assange! No extradition to the US!

To help defend Assange, please go here or here.

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