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Past comments on Assange from Snowden, Chomsky, Varoufakis, Greenwald, Horvat

Past comments on Assange from Snowden, Chomsky, Varoufakis, Greenwald, Horvat

(22:34) Compilation of comments about Julian Assange and Wikileaks from before he was arrested in London in April 2019.

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“The government couldn’t demonstrate that anyone was hurt.”  Is that the new standard of law breaking?  So I can drink and drive as long as I don’t hurt anyone?  I can pirate all the movies and software I want because it doesn’t hurt anyone (I wouldn’t have bought it anyway).  I can consume illegal drugs because nobody got hurt.  Wow, that’s an interesting world Snowden lives in.

“This is a clear struggle for freedom of the press.”  Yanis, do you think it’s okay for the press to disclose the location of all the nuclear missile sites and nuclear codes?  I hope not.  Obviously there are some things meant to be kept secret and not for public consumption.  There are limits on what is allowed to be released to the public and government officials that have access to that secret information are aware of the consequences if they release it.  Snowden knew ahead of time what he was doing was illegal and that’s why he ran.

“Simply because he embarrassed the security operators by revealing all the information that we now know.”  No, that’s not it.  He is accused of being an active participant in the hacking of the computers to get the information.  It’s not just publishing information that was given unsolicited, but was a major actor in acquiring it.

“Like Chelsea Manning he would disappear into the Guantanamo like system.”  Actually, Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on 20 counts but Obama commuted her sentence so she has been released after around 7 years.  She got lucky because treason does carry the death penalty.

“How do you justify prosecuting Wikileaks without prosecuting the New York Times, Washington Post, and the other ones.”  I’ve seen this defense used before on traffic stops where someone was caught speeding.  “But officer, I was going with the flow of traffic so everyone must have been speeding.”  Not a valid defense.

“He’s one of the most dangerous criminals on the face of the earth pursued with savagery by the rulers of the free and democratic societies.”  Chomsky, being a linguist I would have expected a better choice of words.  Savagery?   Really?  What violence, cruelty, barbarity, or brutality has come upon Assange?  Nobody has ever said he was the most dangerous criminal on the face of the earth except you.  If what you say was reality, they would have nuked that embassy 7 years ago.

“What is kept secret rarely has anything at all to do with security.”  Citation needed. Just because Chomsky says it doesn’t make it true.

 

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“The government couldn’t demonstrate that anyone was hurt.”  Is that the new standard of law breaking?  So I can drink and drive as long as I don’t hurt anyone?  I can pirate all the movies and software I want because it doesn’t hurt anyone (I wouldn’t have bought it anyway).  I can consume illegal drugs because nobody got hurt.  Wow, that’s an interesting world Snowden lives in.

“This is a clear struggle for freedom of the press.”  Yanis, do you think it’s okay for the press to disclose the location of all the nuclear missile sites and nuclear codes?  I hope not.  Obviously there are some things meant to be kept secret and not for public consumption.  There are limits on what is allowed to be released to the public and government officials that have access to that secret information are aware of the consequences if they release it.  Snowden knew ahead of time what he was doing was illegal and that’s why he ran.

“Simply because he embarrassed the security operators by revealing all the information that we now know.”  No, that’s not it.  He is accused of being an active participant in the hacking of the computers to get the information.  It’s not just publishing information that was given unsolicited, but was a major actor in acquiring it.

“Like Chelsea Manning he would disappear into the Guantanamo like system.”  Actually, Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on 20 counts but Obama commuted her sentence so she has been released after around 7 years.  She got lucky because treason does carry the death penalty.

“How do you justify prosecuting Wikileaks without prosecuting the New York Times, Washington Post, and the other ones.”  I’ve seen this defense used before on traffic stops where someone was caught speeding.  “But officer, I was going with the flow of traffic so everyone must have been speeding.”  Not a valid defense.

“He’s one of the most dangerous criminals on the face of the earth pursued with savagery by the rulers of the free and democratic societies.”  Chomsky, being a linguist I would have expected a better choice of words.  Savagery?   Really?  What violence, cruelty, barbarity, or brutality has come upon Assange?  Nobody has ever said he was the most dangerous criminal on the face of the earth except you.  If what you say was reality, they would have nuked that embassy 7 years ago.

“What is kept secret rarely has anything at all to do with security.”  Citation needed. Just because Chomsky says it doesn’t make it true.

 

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