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The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

Chris Hedges TruthDig
head shot of Assange The extradition of the publisher—the maniacal goal of the U.S. government—would set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason.

Chelsea Manning is Free!

Joseph Gibson, Courage to Resist Courage to Resist
In a just world, Chelsea Manning wouldn’t have been jailed and tortured, but celebrated as a hero for alerting the public to the crimes of its government.

Four Points about the 1971 FBI Break-In

Glenn Greenwald Greenwald Side Docs
It's easy to praise people who challenge governments of the distant past, and much harder to do so for those who challenge those who wield actual power today.

Profile in Courage - WikiLeak's Sarah Harrison

John Goetz and Bastian Obermayer Süddeutsche Zeitung
An interview with Sarah Harrison of Wikileaks: Julian Assange's associate and Edward Snowden's guardian angel. She spent the last four months with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and arrived in Germany over the weekend. "When whistleblowers come forward we need to fight for them, so others will be encouraged. When they are gagged, we must be their voice. When they are hunted, we must be their shield. When they are locked away, we must free them."
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