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Brazil's Greenwald Prosecution Evokes Assange's Continued Imprisonment in UK, Say Advocates

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/22/brazils-greenwald-prosecution-evokes-assanges-continued-imprisonment-uk-say

I recently met a couple of Swedish journalism students. They laughed when i asked if they would invest in flak jackets.

“Everyone congratulating themselves for their liberal-minded support for Greenwald’s right to not be jailed for speech in spite of their disagreements with him should apply the same thought to the USA vs. Assange,” Defense Priorities policy director Ben Friedman said on Twitter. “The 1st amendment is for assholes, as J.S. Mill said, more or less.”

And so Julian Assange is an ass-hole. The one person, who wouldn’t betray the truth of these wars and this corrupt system.

“Those who looked the other way because they personally disliked Julian Assange when the DOJ indicted him under a legal theory that merely publishing clear, public-interest journalism could constitute multiple Espionage Act violations should reconsider where that road leads,” tweeted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday.

That includes you, Snowden. Desperate as you are to make yourself appear a patriot, so you can get a pardon.

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