WE have spent our careers as filmmakers making the case that the news media in the United States often fail to inform Americans about the uglier actions of our own government. We therefore have been deeply grateful for the accomplishments of WikiLeaks, and applaud Ecuador’s decision to grant diplomatic asylum to its founder, Julian Assange, who is now living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
Ecuador has acted in accordance with important principles of international human rights. Indeed, nothing could demonstrate the appropriateness of Ecuador’s action more than the British government’s threat to violate a sacrosanct principle of diplomatic relations and invade the embassy to arrest Mr. Assange.
Since WikiLeaks’ founding, it has revealed the “Collateral Murder” footage that shows the seemingly indiscriminate killing of Baghdad civilians by a United States Apache attack helicopter; further fine-grained detail about the true face of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; United States collusion with Yemen’s dictatorship to conceal our responsibility for bombing strikes there; the Obama administration’s pressure on other nations not to prosecute Bush-era officials for torture; and much more.
Predictably, the response from those who would prefer that Americans remain in the dark has been ferocious. Top elected leaders from both parties have called Mr. Assange a “high-tech terrorist.” And Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has demanded that he be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Most Americans, Britons and Swedes are unaware that Sweden has not formally charged Mr. Assange with any crime. Rather, it has issued a warrant for his arrest to question him about allegations of sexual assault in 2010.
All such allegations must be thoroughly investigated before Mr. Assange moves to a country that might put him beyond the reach of the Swedish justice system. But it is the British and Swedish governments that stand in the way of an investigation, not Mr. Assange … //
… We urge the people of Britain and Sweden to demand that their governments answer some basic questions: Why do the Swedish authorities refuse to question Mr. Assange in London? And why can neither government promise that Mr. Assange will not be extradited to the United States? The citizens of Britain and Sweden have a rare opportunity to make a stand for free speech on behalf of the entire globe.
A Fundamental Human Right: Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum;
Assange Embassy Controversy: Britain Threatens To Raid Ecuador’s Embassy Over Amnesty Issue;
The Quebec Student Protest Movement and the Power of the Radical Imagination, Published on ZNet (first on Truth-Out, May 20, 2012), by Henry A. Giroux, August 24, 2012;
MAP6-Euro-BRICS special! Euro-BRICS Partnership: the path to the world after the crisis, on LEAP2020.eu, by Franck Biancheri, May 2012;
MAP6 – Euro-BRICS Special, May 2012;
about Bradley Manning:
- The video which Bradley Manning released to wikileaks, the reason for his imprisonnement: short version 1.41 min, long version 39.14 min);
- Defense Motion Details Horrific Conditions Bradley Manning Was Subjected to at Quantico;
- Mistreatment of Manning Criticized by Leading Law Professors & UN Torture Investigator;
- Private Bradley Manning: A victim of the military empire?
- Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning;
- The Founders, Whistleblower Protection and Bradley Manning;
- Bradley Manning’s health deteriorating in jail, supporters say;
- Bradley Manning on en.wikipedia.