The arrest of Julian Assange is a signal of the end of a free press. A free press is the eyes and ears of a free people. This attack on dissent is directly related to the movement to end fossil fuels and the building of oil and gas pipelines. It was the presence of the independent press and social media that helped get the word out about Standing Rock. There were enormous efforts to stop media coverage of the actions at Standing Rock.
This is when the shutdown of dissent begins in earnest. It is time for action – past time!
“Alexandria, VA — Today, Chelsea Manning’s legal team will file a reply brief in their appeal asking the Fourth Circuit to vacate District Court Judge Hilton’s March 8 finding of civil contempt. Ms. Manning, a staunch advocate for government transparency, asserted legal grounds for her refusal to participate in what she views as an assault on the free press. She remains in detention as a result of the contempt finding. The Assange indictment disclosed this morning strengthens their claims of grand jury abuse, say Manning’s attorneys.”
https://riseuptimes.org/2019/04/11/assange-arrested-call-for-protests-and-phone-calls-also-links-to-articles/ Assange Arrested: Call for protests and phone calls; also links to articles.
WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador allowed British police into the London embassy to arrest Assange at around 10:30 am British time, 5:30 am in Washington.
The U.S. charged Assange with conspiracy to hack a computer government computer related to the 2010 release of classified information, according to the criminal complaint unsealed hours after his arrest. The indictment does not charge Assange with espionage.”