Rep. Rashida Tlaib Leads Progressive Congressional Push to Free WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is leading progressive efforts in U.S Congress to rally Democrats behind the cause of freeing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and dropping all federal charges against the famed information liberator.
Tlaib wrote a letter signed by fellow progressive Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), and Greg Casar (D-TX) calling for Attorney General Merrick Garland to drop all Espionage Act charges against Assange.
“The prosecution of Mr. Assange marks the first time in U.S. history that a publisher of truthful information has been indicted under the Espionage Act. The prosecution of Mr. Assange, if successful, not only sets a legal precedent whereby journalists or publishers can be prosecuted, but a political one as well. In the future the New York Times or Washington Post could be prosecuted when they publish important stories based on classified information. Or, just as dangerous for democracy, they may refrain from publishing such stories for fear of prosecution,” the letter states.
“Every day the prosecution of Julian Assange continues is another day that our own government needlessly undermines our own moral authority abroad and rolls back the freedom of the press under the First Amendment at home,” the letter continues.
The full letter can be seen here:
Four years ago today, Julian Assange was arrested for publishing the truth.
I’m leading a letter to Attorney General Garland urging him to uphold the freedom of the press by dropping these Trump-era charges and withdrawing the extradition request. pic.twitter.com/91wLrBXRQk
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) April 11, 2023
Big League Politics has reported on how voices on the political right in U.S. Congress are also calling for Assange to be freed and pardoned for the non-crimes in which he has been accused by the deep state:
“Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is renewing her push to get pardons for Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
Greene wanted the iconic whistleblowers and information liberators to be pardoned by Trump before he left office. Trump failed to do so, but Greene is still pushing for these heroes to be given their much-deserved freedom.
“As far as pardons are concerned, I think we should pardon Julian Assange and I think we should pardon Edward Snowden. Those people deserve pardons,” she said while being questioned by the media, adding that the members of the press “should care about what I just said” because “it really matters.”
The clip can be seen here:
I never asked for a pardon for myself, but I am asking for Edward Snowden and Julian Assange to be pardoned.
The First Amendment is important for many reasons. pic.twitter.com/qjco44wBlG
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 29, 2022
Greene referenced Snowden and Assange while being questioned over the Jan. 6 show trials currently taking place in Washington D.C. Greene has been one of the few lawmakers to place the Jan. 6 riot in its proper contact, raise awareness of federal influence that may have initiated the violence that day, and fight for justice for the patriots whose lives are being destroyed by the overreaching probe.”
There is now a bipartisan coalition developing to demand Assange’s freedom. This is great news for individuals who care about defending true journalistic freedom against the Orwellian system of control that is rapidly developing right before our very eyes.