Program Highlights

Julian Assange: If WikiLeaks had Revealed the War Horrors of a US Adversary Would Assange be a Hero and Not a Criminal?

Julian Assange Australian born editor, publisher, and activist founded WikiLeaks in 2006. WikiLeaks came to international attention in 2010 when it published, along with its mainstream media partners, a series of leaks provided by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning and they were picked up by news outlets around the world.

Prosecutors allege that Assange unlawfully helped former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal thousands of classified diplomatic cables and military files, which were published by WikiLeaks in 2010. Assange appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court in June 2012, he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy, where he remained for seven years until the country revoked his asylum status. Following his removal from the embassy in 2019, Assange he has since been held at a high-security prison in Belmarsh, southeast of London, In 2019 was in that year that U.S. Department of Justice requested his extradition, which had until recently been blocked by the courts.

The US media presentation of the Assange case has been prejudicial. Wikileaks revealed civilian deaths, acts of torture and clandestine military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through the release of thousands of documents. It also released diplomatic cables that reveal truths about our real foreign policy motives that are in stark contradiction to what the American people are told.

Tonight our guest Kevin Gosztola addresses a host of such concerns. Kevin is managing editor for Shadowproof and curates the subscription newsletter, “The Dissenter” (https://thedissenter.org), which covers whistleblowers and the latest in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s case helps us understand the full ramifications of Julian Assange case and its impact on freedom of the press. Kevin is author of the forthcoming book Guilty of Journalism: The Political Case Against Julian Assange, which will be released in February 2023. Don’t Be

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