Tuesday June 2, 2020

Colin Murphy: The case against Assange threatens press freedom and cannot be ignored

He may be dislikeable, even disreputable, but the Wikileaks founder is a champion in the fight against state power

5th April, 2020
Julian Assange: those who champion press freedom should support the Wikileaks founder Picture: Getty

Ten years ago today witnessed a pivotal moment in the history of press freedom. At a press conference in Washington, Julian Assange released a video that had been obtained by Wikileaks from an American intelligence officer in Iraq. The video showed a helicopter gunship massacring an unarmed group of men in a Baghdad suburb.

It was the first significant release in an unprecedented leak of almost 750,000 sensitive US military and diplomatic documents. Wikileaks...

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