Last Monday recorded the twelfth anniversary of the publishing of over 250,000 leaked documents by WikiLeaks. They were about the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy around the globe. This became known as Cablegate.
On the occasion, leading media outlets from the United States and Europe to call for his release. They say they are concerned about the impact the Julian Assange case has on freedom of the press.
“This indictment sets a dangerous precedent and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press,” editors and publishers of the Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El País said in an open letter.
Assange is being hunted by U.S. authorities, intent on imposing 18 counts of being as traitor to the United States and one of espionage, and connected to material was handed to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning. It revealed the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy around the globe. The documents exposed “corruption, diplomatic scandals and spy affairs on an international scale,” the letter said.
This is a good time to view this informative video by Johnny Harris, produced in May this year. It provides a quick outlined of why the case has come to where it is. For those who don’t know a great deal about it, this is informative and reveals the reason why Washington has persisted with the persecution of a journalist and editor.
Video from Johnny Harris