Freedom for Assange!

5 02 2016

The U.S. has succeeded in frightening all who might want to leak war crimes and other secrets — i.e., become whistleblowers — by what it has done to Julian Assange.    The U.S. also tried very hard to get Edward Snowden, but thanks to Russia and Putin has not succeeded.   This is the context in which a recent U.N. tribunal ruling that Assange should not only be free to go to Ecuador as a political refugee but deserves compensation for what has been done to him.   As is often the case, however, the U.N. is right but lacks the power to make happen what is right.

File photo dated 18/08/14 of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers that the various forms of deprivation of liberty to which Julian Assange has been subjected constitute a form of arbitrary detention,” the group’s head, Seong-Phil Hong, said in a statement.