The US whistleblower explained that the Biden administration’s statements in favor of press freedom would be “more convincing” if the White House did not seek a heavy prison sentence for Julian Assange.
On May 3, notorious national security whistleblower Edward Snowden criticized the US administration after Secretary of State Antony Blinken bragged about the US dedication to “freedom of the press.” “And” the safety of journalists around the world “. Words that enter according to Edward Snowden in contradiction with the legal proceedings against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks imprisoned for more than two years.
Responding to a Twitter post from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on World Press Freedom Day saying that the United States “continues to stand up for press freedom, the safety of journalists worldwide and access to information online and offline ”, Edward Snowden said:“ It would be more convincing if the White House did not aggressively seek to obtain a sentence of 175 years of prison for author of award-winning journalism of global significance [Julian Assange], despite appeals from all major press freedom and human rights organizations. ”
This would be more persuasive if the White House weren’t aggressively seeking an 175-year sentence for the publisher of award-winning journalism of global importance — despite pleas from every significant press freedom and human rights organization: https://t.co /6QMuajTS8ohttps://t.co/Rb7AoQ8Out
– Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 3, 2021
While President Joe Biden himself spoke of the importance of “those who refuse to be intimidated” on this day, his administration continues to prosecute Julian Assange on 18 counts – some under the Law on espionage enacted by the Trump administration in 2019 – and to seek his extradition.
In a letter addressed to the United States Department of Justice at the start of the year, some twenty associations defending civil liberties – including the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the ACLU, Amnesty International or the Committee for the Protection of journalists – argued that the prosecution of Assange posed a serious threat to press freedom, because “much of the conduct described in the indictment is conduct that journalists regularly engage in.”
From Belmarsh high-security prison in London, Julian Assange was refused parole on January 6, pending the examination of the United States’ appeal concerning his extradition. If he were to be extradited, he could face 175 in prison in a super-high security Supermax prison in the United States, most of the charges being linked to the publication of 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, disclosed in 2010 by former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.