For Immediate Release
Prominent Americans Oppose Prosecution and Extradition of Assange Americans Organize to Support WikiLeaks Transparency
WASHINGTON - In opposition to
efforts by the U.S. Attorney General Holder to extradite Julian Assange,
Editor in Chief of WikiLeaks, prominent authors, academics,
activists concerned with eroding civil
liberties, government accountability, electronic freedom, opposition to
war, and protection of
whistleblowers have signed on to a strongly worded statement (below)
condemning 'U.S efforts to fraudulently criminalize the legitimate
journalism of Julian Assange...".
"This statement is the first step in an ongoing
campaign to support Julian
Assange, WikiLeaks and to re-assert the concept that the U.S. government
accountable to its citizens," said Linda Schade of
WikiLeaksisDemocracy.org. "We will not accept the
our legal system to criminalize a journalist; a free and independent
non-negotiable." The project is planning an aggressive campaign
to support Assange and WikiLeaks and has hosted the statement online.
prominent signers are:
John Perry Barlow, Electronic Freedom
Medea Benjamin, CODE PINK
William Blum, the Empire Report
Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America
Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, author and
activist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, No FEAR Coalition
Daniel Ellsberg, author and former intelligence analyst who released the
Jodie Evans, CODE PINK
Margaret Flowers, MD, health care reform advocate
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report
Eric Garris, Antiwar.com
Mike Gogulski, Bradley Manning Support Network
Chris Hedges, Former New York Times
war correspondent and author
Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
Bill Quigley, Center for Constitutional Rights
Justin Raimondo, AntiWar.com
Coleen Rowley, whistle blower and former TIME Woman of the Year
Linda Schade, Voters for Peace, initiator WikiLeaks Is Democracy
Cindy Sheehan, Peace of the Action
Jeffrey St. Claire, Counterpunch
David Swanson, War is a Crime
Sue Udry, Defending Dissent
Harvey Wasserman, journalist, author, democracy activist
Naomi Wolf, author, democracy advocate and political activist
Colonel Ret. Ann Wright, retired military and U.S. Foreign Service
Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace
Tariq Ali, historian, writer,
filmmaker, political activist and commentator.
information for some signers that represent the some of the different
types of people signing on is available below the Statement from
Statement From WikiLeaksIsDemocracy.org:
"We, the undersigned,
defense of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and their actions to safeguard and
democracy, transparency and government accountability, as protected
First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Wikileaks performs an
service to the broad U.S.
and global public with a commitment to the protection of human rights
rule of law. Government representatives have issued serious and
unjustified threats against Mr. Assange and his non-profit media
which serve only to maintain a cloak of secrecy around high crimes and
violations of international law, including torture, tampering with
democratically elected governments, illegal bombings and wars,
slaughter of innocent civilians and more.
We call on all governments, organizations,
individuals of conscience forcefully to condemn and reject all U.S.
efforts to fraudulently criminalize the
legitimate journalism of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and related efforts
expose an increasingly lawless U.S.
government to the indispensable democratic requirement of public
or false, any charges which the Swedish government may pursue are
the primacy of an independent free press.
Journalists should not be made into
publishing materials critical of the government. Therefore, we reject
efforts to extradite Julian Assange to the United States or allied
states in relation to these matters. We condemn and reject every
murder, incarcerate or in any way harm Mr. Assange. We encourage all
information on corruption and violations of law to take courage from the
example of Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks by acting to expose all such
the light of public and judicial review."
The letter is being
signed from people with different backgrounds and experience. You are welcome to contact any of them. To
represent this breadth of view we recommend contacting the following
1) John Perry Barlow
is a leader in the electronic freedom movement and is a co-founder of
the Electronic Freedom Foundation. He has written for a
diversity of publications, including Communications of the
ACM, Mondo 2000, The New York Times, and Time.
He has been on the masthead of Wired
magazine since it was founded. He is a former Wyoming rancher and
lyricist. His piece on the future of copyright,
"The Economy of Ideas," is taught in many law schools, and his
"Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" is posted on thousands
of websites. He can be reached at email@example.com. His phone nubers are 1-917-863-2037,
1800-654-4322 (both go to his mobile) or his landline 1-415-888-2241.
Ellsberg is a former U.S. military analyst
who leaked the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon analysis of the
Vietnam War tothe New York Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Noted author Naomi Wolf's recent article on the US Espionage
WikiLeaks is linked here. She is an author and political consultant. She
is a leading spokesperson for the third-wave of the feminist movement
and an advocate for progressive causes most recently arguing that there
been a deterioration of democratic institutions in the United States.
Naomi Wolf can be contacted at email@example.com or 1-646-334-1290.
4) Kevin Zeese is the executive director of
Peace, is an attorney and noted political activist who works on a wide
range of issues including war, torture accountability, economic justice
and corporate influence on American democracy (see also www.ProsperityAgenda.US).
Zeese served as Ralph Nader's
press secretary and spokesperson in 2004. He is widely quoted in the
media. His most recent article on
WikiLeaks, is Assange in the Grasp of U.S.
be reached at KBZeese@gmail.com.
He can be reached by phone at 1-301-996-6582 (cell) or 1-443-708-8360
Linda Schade served as the founding
Executive Director of VotersForPeace,
and most recently as the Director of Program Development at the Center
for Climate Strategies. Ms. Schade is a 20-year
political veteran featured on CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, Washington
Post, USA Today, NPR, Pacifica radio, and other media
outlets on her peace, justice and democracy work.
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