Wednesday June 3, 2020

We might not agree with him, but Assange’s case is vital for press freedom

If the Wikileaks founder is successfully prosecuted for espionage in the US it will have a chilling effect on journalism

24th November, 2019
Julian Assange: those who champion press freedom should support the Wikileaks founder (Pic: Getty)

Ten years ago, a young American soldier in Iraq, working in intelligence, came across footage from a helicopter gunship that showed it firing on a group of men in a suburb of Baghdad. He took the date and the GPS coordinates embedded in the footage, and googled them, bringing up a story in the New York Times that fitted the data: it reported that 11 men had been killed, two of them Reuters journalists, and...

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