January 8, 2022
Topic: Persecution of Julian Assange
Guest: Joe Lombardo
Cindy chats with Joe Lombardo of UNAC (United National Antiwar Coalition)
Assange, London Arrest
Peace and Justice Organizations call for Freedom for Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder, journalist and free speech champion Julian Assange
today faces life imprisonment for telling the truth about U.S. war
crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the U.S. torture base in Guantanamo
faces charges under the 1917 U.S. Espionage Act. Prosecution under that
WWI anti-democratic law placed thousands of antiwar activists in prison
for exercising their free speech right to protest WWI.
the Dec 19, 2021 New York Times front-page two-part series entitled,
Hidden Pentagon Records Reveal Patterns of Failure in Deadly Airstrikes,
follows in Assange’s footsteps in reporting U.S. war crimes, yet The
Times staff writers remain free.
100 Times reporters evaluated Pentagon confidential documents obtained
under the Freedom of Information Act. These included reports on 50,000
U.S. airstrikes on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan conducted under the Obama
and Trump administrations. The Times on-the-scene reporters
subsequently confirmed tens of thousands of civilian casualties –
[Pentagon] documents,” according to The Times, “identify children
killed or injured in 27 percent of cases; in The Times’s ground-breaking
reporting it was 62 percent.”
Times and several other major publications worldwide reprinted much of
the same Pentagon material that Assange’s Wikileaks released to the
world. Yet Assange faces a life in prison for publishing the truth.
persecution of Julian Assange by the U.S. government is a threat
against free speech and free press. It is also a threat to the Peace
Movement and all movements for social change since without information
and the ability to speak and write freely about U.S. wars and war crimes
we are greatly limited, and the people of the world are kept in the
Therefore, Peace and Justice organizations and activists demand:
- Free Julian Assange!
- No to U.S. wars!
- Freedom of the press!
- Free journalists!
- Free speech!
National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ),
ANSWER coalition, Code Pink, Black Alliance for Peace, International
Action Center, US Peace Council, Veterans for Peace, Women’s
International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), World Beyond War,
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Popular
Resistance, Alliance for Democracy, Ban Killer Drones, People’s
Opposition to War, Imperialism and Racism, Free Palestine Movement,
International Solidarity Movement (Northern Calif), Palestine Children’s
Welfare Fund, Syria Solidarity Movement, NakbaTour, Resumen
Latinoamericano, One State Assembly, Association for Investment in
Popular Action, Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the
Wars, Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, Sanctions kill Coalition.
Margaret Kimberley, Ann Wright, Ajamu Baraka, Madea Benjamin, Gerry
Condon, Joe Lombardo, Kathy Kelly, Cindy Sheehan, Margaret Flowers,
Bahman Azad, Sara Flounders, David Swanson, Brian Becker, Jeff Mackler,
Jodie Evans, Bruce Gagnon, Nancy Price, Darien De Lu, Cassia Laham, Judy
Bello, Rhonda Ramiro
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