Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have been instrumental in exposing Hillary’s corruption and outright anti-American behavior. The sad reality is that Assange is forced to stay cooped up in the Ecuadorian embassy for fear of being extradited for exposing the truth about our government.
Luckily for us, we live in the age of the internet and Julian Assange still has access to it despite recent attacks on the WikiLeaks system over the past few days and the Ecuadorian embassy cutting his access after being pressured by the Obama administration.
And he’s speaking out on this election day.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 8, 2016
WikiLeaks and I personally have come under enormous pressure to stop publishing what the Clinton campaign says about itself to itself. That pressure has come from the campaign’s allies, including the Obama administration, and from liberals who are anxious about who will be elected US President.
The right to receive and impart true information is the guiding principle of WikiLeaks – an organization that has a staff and organizational mission far beyond myself. Our organization defends the public’s right to be informed.
This is why, irrespective of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election, the real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work.
Assange brilliantly defends the First Amendment:
The US public defends free speech more passionately, but the First Amendment only truly lives through its repeated exercise. The First Amendment explicitly prevents the executive from attempting to restrict anyone’s ability to speak and publish freely. The First Amendment does not privilege old media, with its corporate advertisers and dependencies on incumbent power factions, over WikiLeaks’ model of scientific journalism or an individual’s decision to inform their friends on social media. The First Amendment unapologetically nurtures the democratization of knowledge. With the Internet, it has reached its full potential.
He then goes on to lambast Hillary Clinton and her campaign for their unscrupulous behavior:
Yet, some weeks ago, in a tactic reminiscent of Senator McCarthy and the red scare, Wikileaks, Green Party candidate Stein, Glenn Greenwald and Clinton’s main opponent were painted with a broad, red brush. The Clinton campaign, when they were not spreading obvious untruths, pointed to unnamed sources or to speculative and vague statements from the intelligence community to suggest a nefarious allegiance with Russia. The campaign was unable to invoke evidence about our publications—because none exists.
In the end, those who have attempted to malign our groundbreaking work over the past four months seek to inhibit public understanding perhaps because it is embarrassing to them – a reason for censorship the First Amendment cannot tolerate. Only unsuccessfully do they try to claim that our publications are inaccurate.
Wikileaks remains committed to publishing information that informs the public, even if many, especially those in power, would prefer not to see it. WikiLeaks must publish. It must publish and be damned.
Assange is right we must continue to stand against those who would try and infringe on our God-given rights about free speech. We must continue to strive to be informed and understand the evils and corruption that lurk within our government so we can root it out and destroy it. We must continue to strive to be a free people and reject those who want to restrict our freedoms and keep us uninformed and in the dark.
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