WikiLeaks- Free Speech Under Attack

WikiLeaks- Free Speech Under Attack

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#1 Jul 28, 2010
“The US government would dearly love to arrest and question him (Julian Assange), and they’ve certainly been trying, he says now. They’ve made a formal request to the Australian government to—this is what he says—to have him arrested, and the Australian government refused to comply. So I think he’s resting—and he’s noted surveillance people on the plane without luggage, joining him even in Icelend. So he thinks he’s being followed wherever he goes, and he’s relying on, if you like, the public support that might actually stop that sort of action, it would be counterproductive. And I think the US right now is trying to get somebody else to do it, because they know that if they themselves arrest Julian Assange, then it will create a huge backlash.” STEPHEN GREY

“I speak from an unusual perspective there. In May 3rd, 1972, when I was on trial, in a major political trial with tremendous publicity on me, Richard Nixon, President Nixon, sent a dozen CIA assets up from Miami to Washington, where I was giving a—addressing a rally on the steps of the Capitol with a number of Congress persons there and a large crowd, with orders to incapacitate me totally. Those were the orders given to them. So I can hardly assure Assange that nothing like that could happen again.” DANIEL ELLSBERG

“We now have a president… Barack Obama, who has asserted…the right to assassinate American citizens abroad who he suspects, or intelligence suspects, are serving the cause of terrorism.…we’re more and more conducting a war, and not only in Afghanistan, but it was earlier true in Iraq…a war of death squads, of selective assassination. And those assassinations don’t always, to broaden this point just a little bit here, those don’t always hit the person who has been condemned to death on a hit list approved by the President. They don’t always get—aside from the illegality of that whole process and the absolute denial of due process or of general laws of war, they don’t hit the right people. They hit families. They hit other people when they’re present.” DANIEL ELLSBERG

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/7/26/the_new...

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"The three newspapers got together and agreed that we were going to publish simultaneously. The New York Times said, "We have to go to the White House in advance, as a responsible American media organization, and tell them about this and give them the opportunity to say what they have to say."
"...the White House praised the New York Times in how careful they were. And although Robert Gibbs, you know, attacked the release, talking about the potential danger, it was actually, though repeated in a different way, a pretty—he was careful about how he said it. He didn’t just say this is about the danger of exposing people on the ground. He talked about the potential danger, because they had worked with the New York Times in releasing these.”
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DANIEL ELLSBERG: I’m very impressed by the release. It is the first release in thirty-nine years or forty years, since I first gave the Pentagon Papers to the Senate, of the scale of the Pentagon Papers, and not the first as it should have been. I would—how many times in those years should there have been the release of thousands of pages showing our being lied into war in Iraq, as in Vietnam, and the nature of the war in Afghanistan? I hope there will be—I hope this will inspire, despite the charges brought against Manning under the UC, under the Universal Code of Military Justice, which is not civilian law, it’s not First Amendment law. It’s the military law, so he’s in deep water here, as I think he expected. But nevertheless, I hope people will not be deterred from realizing that they have the responsibility that, according to the reports we’ve had of what Manning said in chat logs to the informant, Adrian Lamo, that realize that there is great deception going on, that there is, in Manning’s reported words, horrific material, almost criminal, as he put it, which deserve to be in the public domain, that they will consider doing what’s been done here, and that is risking their own career and their clearance and even their liberty, maybe for life, in order to save many lives. So, whoever did this—and Manning is charged with it—it remains to be seen whether the government can prove a case against him in the particular charges, but in terms of what he’s reported to have said to Lamo, I admire very much the spirit in which he did this. He said that he felt the public needed to know this and that he was prepared to go to prison, even for life—he said that—or even to be executed. That’s the first person I’ve heard in forty years who is in the same state of mind that I was forty years ago.
AMY GOODMAN: Stephen Grey, just to clarify, Dan Ellsberg is talking about Private First Class Bradley Manning, who was in Iraq, had—says he released these documents. He has now been arrested by the military. What did Julian Assange say about Bradley Manning? And this came out in his conversations with Lamo, another blogger online.
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#5 Aug 27, 2011
Patriotic Americans cherish free speech and voiced their support for WikiLeaks.
Brain-dead Republicans are against free speech and spoke out in favor of more government control over their lives.
Why? Stupidity.
They are too dumb to see that they're being manipulated and lied to by those who want to break laws, legally.
They're too dumb to know that, when they voted for Tea Party candidates last Nov., they were attempting suicide.
They won't get it until AFTER it's too late, and are dragging the rest of America down with them.
They won't get it until AFTER the middle class has been totally bankrupted, and the poor are dying in the streets.
They aren't hearing the truth because our media is controlled by the government/wealthy Reublicans.
We have to demand that our media (local, state, national) either print the truth or fire their editors. If that doesn't work, they have to lose readers and be driven out of business.
Post the names of legitimate media on your local and state threads.
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