Julian Assange Did the Time, but Who Did the Crime?

Source: The American Prospect
by Mark Weisbrot

“Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, entered a guilty plea last week for allegedly violating the United States’ notorious 1917 Espionage Act; he was forced to do this in order to finally walk in fresh air after 14 years of confinement. The last five were in London’s Belmarsh prison, which Judge Ramona V. Manglona, who freed him last week, called ‘one of the harshest facilities’ in the UK. She also noted that Assange spent seven years trapped in an enclosed space in London. That was in the Embassy of Ecuador, which correctly granted him political asylum …. Assange’s ‘crime’ was summed up by Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, who told the press last week that ‘this deal contemplates that Assange will have served five years in prison for activities that journalists engage in every day.'” (07/05/24)