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Julian Assange Dragged out of Embassy: What Freedom of Press?



This morning Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and arrested in relation to a US extradition request for “conspiracy with Chelsea Manning”.

The allegation is that Assange tried and failed to help crack a password, and this is an allegation for which the Obama administration tried to find evidence for many years, without success.

Snowden remarked “The weakness of the US charge against Assange is shocking”, and previously Obama’s DOJ refused to charge the same count, saying it endangered journalism.

The DOJ has justified the prosecution of Assange by saying that his request for “more information” from Manning was criminal. That is what journalism is: asking for information from your sources. This is literally the criminalization of journalism.

The only news outlet that captured Assange being dragged out of the embassy this morning was Ruptly, a subsidiary of RT. It is “inconvenient” that all other outlets left 2 days ago, and also “inconvenient” that Ruptly could not post the video live, because apparently their transmission line to their van was inexplicably cut.

As Snowden says:
“Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–like it or not–award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.”

Indeed, today is a dark day for freedom of the press.

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MIJ Greco
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MIJ Greco

Here's a 4corners episode back in 2012, gives an insight into the rape allegations well before the media became bias against JA.
https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/sex-lies-and-julian-assange/4156420

Luis Garcia
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Luis Garcia

Great job as usual you guys. Thank you 🙏

Bill Bochynski
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Bill Bochynski

"Government is a system of rulership that’s basically unchanged since the Bronze Age. It’s a long-outdated barbaric system of control and extortion, and it needs to go… and sooner or later it will go."–Paul Rosenberg

🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️

William Wood
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William Wood

Didn't the US Congress decide to regulate the internet as a utility again??

Nate Murdoch
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Nate Murdoch

I am saddened by this, but we all knew this would happen. I will still say that he will be granted clemency of some sorts. Trump is a wild card on these things, but he will have to fight off all the deep state types around him. We shall see?

Ozzy Bogan Tech
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Ozzy Bogan Tech

Thanks for the good video have to get the word out.

Chris Troutner
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Chris Troutner

To 'celebrate' Julian's arrest, I'm creating a 2-part video on how to create and syndicate a blog that can not be censored by any government.


Alana
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Alana

it's downright shameful. Hoping enough people are awake nowadays that they won't continue to get away with this tyranny.

Roy Wessbecher
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Roy Wessbecher

Glad you guys are on top of this. This is huge, but nobody cares…
Good job!

charles maynes
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charles maynes

great stuff Naomi!
viva Snowden!

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Blockchain After Dark - Crypto Nights

Indeed, dLive actually stopped using Steem and now dLive uses Lino. And, generally speaking, there are some other issues facing dLive. They do have their share of critics.

Theron Ninth
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Theron Ninth

It's called "Incitement to commit journalism." Another word might be, Incitement to commit citizenship. Also, like "resisting arrest," it's now "resting death by government". And "conspiring to" … do all of the above.But this is part of the goal to *eff over a sufficient number of people that people will "get the message" and just censor themselves, save the cost of a rifle cartridge or using one of those billions of hollow-point shells our "department" of "homeland" "security." Go take a wobble on the web with DuckDuckCom for this number 38,031. It made it into the NYTimes back in 1993.… Read more »

Lambo Llama
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Lambo Llama

That’s a handsome llama in the intro. 🦙👍