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Published On: Sat, Oct 17th, 2020

10/16/20 Daniel Ellsberg on the Prosecution of Julian Assange

The great Daniel Ellsberg shares his thoughts on Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, comparing the situation to his own trial in the 1970s. Ellsberg, of course, was acquitted—in part because it was proven that the government spied on confidential conversations with Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. The CIA and its allies have been shown to have done the same thing in Assange’s case, surveilling both his doctors and his lawyers. On these grounds alone, Ellsberg believes the case should be thrown out. But Ellsberg also reminds us that in the analogy between the two cases, Assange is actually more akin to the New York Times, to whom Ellsberg eventually leaked the Pentagon Papers. Back then no one would have even considered going after the Times; this time around, the precedent is clear: going after Assange opens the door to prosecuting just about any news outlet in America.

Discussed on the show:

“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)” (IMDb)
“My Statement on the Prosecution of Julian Assange” (The Libertarian Institute)
“The Afghanistan Papers” (Washington Post)
“State Department Cables” (WikiLeaks)
“Baghdad War Diary” (WikiLeaks)
“Kabul War Diary” (WikiLeaks)
“Official Secrets (2019)” (IMDb)
“UN expert says “collective persecution” of Julian Read Full Article

Source: The Scott Horton Show

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