Julian Assange Praises 'Hero' Snowden, Rebukes U.S. 'Disgraceful' Treatment - June 30, 2013




6/30/13 - Appearing exclusively on ABC's This Week on Sunday morning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discussed his and NSA leaker Edward Snowden's respective asylum situations, as well as the United States' "disgraceful" treatment of Snowden in revoking his passport. "There's little I can productively say about what is happening," Assange told host George Stephanopoulos when pressed for details on Snowden's current whereabouts. "Why is it that Mr. Snowden is not in the United States? He should feel that he should be afforded justice in the United States," Assange lamented, "but his situation is very similar to a situation that I face and that my staff face where we have been sucked into a grand jury Alexandria, Virginia.

Assange explained that the particular district in northern Virginia typically has jury pools made up of CIA and Pentagon workers, and is known as "rocket docket" for its "lack of scrutiny procedures" and high conviction rates.

"I think there are several countries where it is politically possible for Mr. Snowden to receive asylum," Assange later added. "He has acted in a manner to draw attention to a very serious problem in the United States where, without the will of Congress, without the will of the American population, we now have a state within a state, we have the transnational surveillance apparatus," he said. "No one signed up for this. Obama doesn't have a mandate. They have been taken for a ride."

Stephanopoulos noted that Secretary of State John Kerry has asserted that the Snowden leaks have put American lives at risk, prompting Assange to dismiss the rhetoric as "false" and pointing to his own WikiLeaks scandal, which he said has yet to prove harmful to any government officials or citizens.

Assange went on to rebuke Vice President Joe Biden for personally calling the president of Ecuador to pressure him into balking at asylum for Snowden. The U.S. government also revoked Snowden's passport, which Assange called a "disgraceful" action.

"By cancelling his passport, [the U.S.] has left [Snowden] for the moment marooned in Russia," he said. "I think that every citizen has the right to their citizenship, to take someone's principle form of citizenship their passport, is a disgrace."

"He is a hero," Assange said of Snowden. "He has told the people of the world and the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications."

2 comments:

  1. For the government to take Edward Snowden's "Passport" away is further indication that the "Feds." are DESPERATE! Many knew of the NSA's tentacles for years, people like Alex Jones, Steve Quayle, Webster Tarpley, and several others! Bottom Line-Edward Snowden is a distraction from the more HEINOUS ACTS being perpritrated on the American people by this TYRANICAL GOVERNMENT!

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  2. That network didn't even let Assange talk, why waste your time with ABC when they are just a propaganda arm of the military?

    Again it is just a public revelation, we all knew this for years if you actually read the news and not have it shoved down your throats by the so called big journalists on television. The public will forget all this in a few days, we won't.

    This is a great blog, thank you for all you do.

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