Assange: Freedom & Statuary

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has been set free, time served. … Loathed by the American establishment, left and right, Mr. Assange had ruffled feathers of the war machine and then the Democratic Party — the latter for publishing the contents of Hillary Clinton’s infamous email stash. The attempt to get him to America from overseas was a complex (and failed) ordeal that pushed him first into confinement in an Ecuadorian embassy and then placed in a maximum-security London prison. … [RFK] offered ‘Next steps,’ including erecting ‘a monument to Assange in Washington as a civics lesson for the American public about the importance of free speech,’ pardoning Ed Snowden, and releasing Ross Ulbricht … ‘to show our commitment to transactional freedom.’ … But ‘transactional freedom’ is not exactly the byword of our age. And statuary is hardly in vogue.” (06/26/24)