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The Assange Precedent: The Spark that Lit the Fire in the War on Journalism

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/01/24/assange-precedent-spark-lit-fire-war-journalism

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This is the most important press freedom case of the 21st century.

Yes it is. Too bad the press doesn’t really care. Today’s “press” consists mostly of highly overpaid TV hosts reading script. True journalists and investigative reporters are few and far between. And the few that stick their necks out … end up like Assange. Gary Webb for instance, story told in books/movie: Kill the Messenger.

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“Gary Webb for instance, story told in books/movie: Kill the Messenger.”

Good point Lynn, Webb’s death haunted Consortium News founder, Robert Parry, until his dying day. He was friends with Webb, and never believed the official story.

If Assange is extradited to the US, he will most likely be brain dead by the time he arrives here. It’s Karen Kwiatkowski’s, Lt. Col., USAF (ret.), and a member of Consortium News’s VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), opinion he is being subjected to what she refers to as a chemical lobotomy in Belmarsh Prison. She came to this conclusion after a interview with Assange in the prison, and witnessing the same effects on other prisoners being given a drug (I can’t remember the name), in CIA run prison sites. If anyone’s interested, Consortium news has quite a few articles on the subject about Assange, a quick search on the site will bring them up.

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Freedom of he Press is the most important amendment. Without that, Orwell is correct…Truth is flushed down down the Memory Hole----and no one is left who remembers. : (

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Kill the messenger and the messages eventually kill.

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Thanks Nozomi for making the Assange connection; his case
not receiving a “40+ rights groups protest letter.” And except
for you and scant other journalists, Julian’s suffering for
truth in journalism is left in darkness.

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