The Plight of a Journalist: Julian Assange
After almost seven years, five of which have been in the Ecuador Embassy in London, Sweden dropped it’s investigation into the rape allegations against our hero Julian Assange. However, the British police still want to arrest him on missing a bail hearing five years ago to obtain political asylum from Ecuador. Any other person would be able to pay the fine and be free, but not Julian. This is because the US would like to expedite him to charge him with espionage over wikileaks involvement with the Manning leaks on Iraq and getting Snowden to Russia to seek asylum for his leaks. The issue here really isn’t about just Julian though. If it were, the answer would be simple, but it’s more difficult than that.
For instance, if you prosecute Julian for publishing leaks, this sets a precedent for all further publishers to be jailed. Wouldn’t’ it only be fair to press charges against the New York Times and the Washington Post for publishing their recent leaks? This would also enable government to keep secrets and there would be no transparency. If the Feds are given that much freedom, we would escalate into the book “1984” with Big Brother persecuting anyone who tells the truth.
The first amendment gives the right to free speech and free press. Many have said that Julian does not have the rights an American citizen does because he is from Australia. If that is the case, then shouldn’t Australia be protecting him from prosecution?
There are two things at stake here for the American people to consider. First is our 1st amendment rights being violated. Julian is a messenger, a publisher and has exposed corruption in the federal government. Doesn’t that make him a hero not a villain? If we do not have publishers who can release this information to the public, we will never know what kind of shenanigans our CIA and FBI are up to? Don’t you want to know the truth? What would have happened if Richard Nixon would have gotten away with Watergate? Where would this country be if not for the John Podesta emails and the DNC emails being brought to light?
The second thing at stake here is where we draw the line on what our government is allowed to do when it comes to whistleblowers and people like Assange. Where do we draw the line in the sand and say ” Enough is enough.” How much control do we allow our government to have over We The People? Isn’t that what our founding fathers were trying to avoid in the first place? When the government begins to control what you can say and what you an publish, isn’t that tyranny?
It is time we stand up to big government and say, you can’t persecute and prosecute our journalists and publishers. You do not have control over what we read or what we say. We need to unite as a people and stand up for all whistleblowers and publishers whether right or wrong. Write your Congressman, write the President, create petitions, and write Jeff Sessions demanding a Whistleblowers Protection Act that also covers those who publish. Stand up for your rights and your freedom before it’s too late.
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