UPDATE 10. February 2021: There is no free press in the U.S. without a free Assange.
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Sign Call to President Biden
By Assange Defense 23. January 2020
In his inaugural address yesterday, President Joe Biden called on Americans “to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”
You might remember that Julian Assange’s primary motivation for starting WikiLeaks was to fight against war propaganda and provide truthful information to the people.
“If wars can be started by lies,” Julian argued,
“peace can be started by truth.”
It’s time for President Biden to SET THE TONE!
We need to urge President Biden and his team to defend press freedom!
The presidential transition is the perfect occasion to set a new tone by championing truth, freedom of the press, and integrity.
The Trump administration launched a dangerous War on Journalism with their unprecedented prosecution of a journalist for standard newsgathering and publishing activities. When it came time to finalize his legacy, President Trump chose not to pardon journalists, truth-tellers, and whistleblowers. Trump pardoned cronies, celebrities, and corrupt politicians.
Julian #Assange: If Wars can be Started by Lies, Peace can be started by Truth
•Sep 3, 2014
Julian Assange speaking at Trafalgar Square 8th October 2011 TRANSCRIPT: ". . . and that is something I want to talk about. What can we do with our values, what can we do at all in relation to this war? Because the reality is Margaret Thatcher had it right; there is no society any more. What there is is a transnational security elite that is busy carving up the world using your tax money. To combat that elite we must not petition; we must take it over. We must form our own networks of strength and mutual value which can challenge those strengths and self-interested values of the warmongers in this country and in others that have formed hand in hand an alliance to take money from the United States, from every NATO country, from Australia and launder it through Afghanistan, launder it through Iraq, lander it through Somalia , launder it through Yemen, launder it through Pakistan and wash that money in peoples blood. I don't need to tell you the depravity of war, you are all too familiar with its images, with the refugees of war, with information that we have revealed showing the everyday squalor and barbarity of war. Information such as the individual deaths of over 130,000 people in Iraq. Individual deaths that were kept secret by the US military who denied that they ever counted the deaths of civilians. Instead I want to tell you what I think is the way that wars come to be and that wars can be undone. In democracies, or the pseudo-democracies that we are evolving into, wars are a result of lies. The Vietnam War and the push for US involvment was the result of the Gulf of Tonkin incident . . . a lie. The Iraq War famously is the result of lies. Wars in Somalia are a result of lies. The Second World War and the German invasion of Poland was the result of carefully constructed lies. That is war by media. Let us ask ourselves of the complicit media, which is the majority of the mainstream press, what is the average death count attributed to each journalist? When we understand that wars come about as a result of lies peddled to the British public and the American public and the publics all over Europe and other countries then who are the war criminals? It is not just leaders, it is not just soldiers, it is journalists; journalists are war criminals. And while one might think that that should lead us to a state of despair, that the reality that is constructed around us is constructed by liars, is constructed by people who are close to those that they are meant to be policing, it should lead us also to an optimistic understanding because if wars can be started by lies, truth can be started, peace can be started by truth. So that is our task and it is your task, go and get the truth, get into the ballpark and get the ball and give it to us and we'll spread it all over the world."
Demand More from President Biden!
President Biden says he wants to unite America, fight for truth, and restore integrity to government. The Obama-Biden administration had the decency not to prosecute Julian. They knew it would set a dangerous precedent and called it “The New York Times problem.”
In the first 100 days of his presidency, Joe Biden has a chance to mend the divide that has escalated into full hostility between the U.S. government and the foundations of our democracy -- free speech and a free press.
It is time to uphold our democratic ideals and demand that our government respect the rights of free speech, free publication, and full transparency.
Biden’s first step should be to end the Trump administration’s gravest attack on journalism: the prosecution of Julian Assange. Julian still sits in a British prison even after a judge has blocked his extradition to the U.S., all because the U.S. government is attempting to prosecute him for publishing.
In 2010 Julian Assange published truthful information in the public interest: evidence of U.S. war crimes, uncounted civilian casualties, and rampant corruption. For this he faces up to 175 years in prison. A conviction of Assange, an Australian citizen, would put all other journalists at risk too, setting a precedent allowing the government to decide what gets published around the world.
The Biden administration can end this injustice today, by dropping the charges and letting Assange walk free today.
The persecution of Julian Assange is an attack on journalists’ right to do their jobs, the public’s right to know what is done in their name, and the ability to hold our government to account.
Let's come together and tell President Biden-- it's time to free Julian Assange!
To: President Biden
It is time to free Julian Assange.
You have the chance to restore the rights to free speech, publication, and the incredibly important practice of government transparency to our government. Julian, whatever you may think about him personally, is a journalist and publisher. No different from the New York Times and Washington Post. His indictment and prosecution is a dangerous precedent for the world and for our own news outlets at home.
You can stop the prosecution of this important journalist at any time. Freeing Julian Assange and letting him return to his family sends a strong message to the entire world that the U.S. is truly dedicated to the principles upon which it was founded. We all look forward to seeing the day very soon when your Department of Justice drops all of the charges against Julian.
There is no free press in the U.S. without a free Assange.
That’s the message that defenders of press freedom sent to President Biden yesterday. A coalition of two dozen prominent human rights and press freedom organizations spoke with a unified voice and called on the Biden administration to drop the appeal of Julian’s extradition case, drop the underlying charges against him, and set him free.
“...there is near-universal agreement among human rights, civil liberties, and press freedom organizations that the case against [Julian Assange] poses a major threat to press freedom not just here in the United States but around the world. The Justice Department should drop the appeal and dismiss the indictment.”
- Jameel Jaffer, Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
It is crucial that we keep up the pressure this week. We are just days away from a key deadline for the Biden administration to file its appeal in the UK extradition case.
The 4th Annual Fake News Awards!
•Jan 16, 2021
From the palatial living room studios of The Corbett Report it's the 4th Annual Fake News Awards. The boldest lies. The stupidest propaganda. The ugliest presstitution. Join James as he debunks the lies and shames the liars behind the biggest fake news stories of 2020. Who will take the Dino for the worst fake news story of the year? Watch and find out!
SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/fakenews4/