PRESS RELEASE: Popular Resistance Organising Assange Protests

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April 11, 2019 – Today, Wikileaks publisher, Julian Assange, was expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted asylum almost seven years ago, and arrested by British police. He is being held for extradition to the United States. Assange is a journalist who should not be prosecuted for publishing the truth.

Popular Resistance calls for the immediate release of Julian Assange and is organizing a protest today at 5:00 pm at the British embassy in Washington, DC. Please attend and urge others to attend. Share this Facebook page

If you cannot attend, protest at a British embassy near you or email or call them. Here is a list of British embassies in the U.S.:

Washington, DC
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008
Phone: +1-202-5886500  +1-202-588-7800

Atlanta, GA
Georgia Pacific Center, Suite 3400, 133 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: +1-404-9547700
Fax: +1-404-9547702

Boston, MA
One Memorial Drive, 15th Floor Suite 1500 Boston, MA 02142
Phone: +1-617-2454500
Fax: +1-617-6210220

Chicago, IL
625 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200 Chicago, IL 60611

Denver, CO
World Trade Centre Tower 1625 Broadway, Suite 720 Denver, CO 80202
Phone: +1-303-5925200
Fax: +1-303-5925209

Houston, TX
Suite 1900, Wells Fargo Plaza, 1000 Louisiana Suite 1900 Houston, TX 77002
Phone: +1-713-6596270
Fax: +1-713-6597094

Los Angeles, CA
2029 Century Park East, Suite 1350 Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: +1-310-4810031
Fax: +1-310-4812960

Miami, FL
1001 Brickell Bay Drive Miami, FL 33131
Phone: +1-305-4006400

New York, NY
845 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022
Phone: +1-212-7450200
Fax: +1-212-759-0359

San Francisco, CA
1 Sansome Street, Suite 850 San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: +1-415-6171300
Fax: +1-415-4342018

We urge people in the UK, US, Australia and around the world to protest the extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange at every step of legal proceedings. Popular Resistance will be doing all it can to build a broad movement for freedom for Julian Assange so he can continue his important work as a publisher and journalist. Assange has committed no crime and has had his political asylum, which has been recognized by the UN, taken away from him for no legitimate reason.

The prosecution of Julian Assange is an attack on Freedom of the Press in the 21st Century. WikiLeaks is democratizing journalism, redistributing power and increasing transparency. Publishing the truth is not a crime. The attack on Assange is a threat not only to journalism but opposition to war and empire. People need to stand up for Assange, our right to know and build a movement against US imperialism.

Wikileaks’ breakthrough journalism has been a public service that exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, human rights violations at the Guantanamo Bay prison and showed corporate corruption of US foreign policy in State Department cables. Wikileaks has published documents concerning governments and corporations throughout the world.

Wikileaks has democratized the media by creating the ability for people to expose crimes of governments and corporations by anonymously leaking documents that show their activities. This innovation gives power to people to be the media. Such power is essential at this time of corporate concentration of media, where six companies control 90 percent of the news.

Wikileaks documents have been covered in major news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post and have had an impact on the development of public policies.

The US and international courts should be prosecuting those who committed crimes exposed in the documents published by Wikileaks, not the media outlet who exposed the crimes.

Chelsea Manning, who leaked documents to Wikileaks, is being held for refusing to testify before a grand jury in Alexandria, VA. She refuses to testify in secret against Julian Assange. Manning should be released. Manning and Assange are sacrificing their freedom for our right to know

Yesterday, was the 30th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). Beginning under President Obama and continuing under President Trump, whistleblowers are being arrested and charged with the Espionage Act at increasing levels. From the time the Espionage Act was passed in 1917 until the Obama administration took office, it was used against one person. Eight people were prosecuted by the Obama Department of Justice. The number of investigations of leaked information has tripled under the Trump administration.
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