Open Letter: We Demand That Julian Assange’s Rights Be Restored
With deep pride in the rights we hold so dear, we are calling on those who share our love of liberty to respectfully ask the Ecuadorian government to give Julian Assange back his voice. We are also asking that the United States end the Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks and drop any charges against the publisher and all other staff members.
In March, Ecuador caved to pressure from the United States and Spanish governments to isolate Assange by revoking his right to have visitors, make phone calls or use the internet.
In targeting WikiLeaks, the corporate media and unelected powers that are challenged by their truthful publications are actively attempting to destroy the great vision of our Founding Fathers.
The First Continental Congress wrote that the freedom of press was important not only for the advancement of truth, but so that those who seek to abuse power “are shamed or intimidated into more honourable and just modes of conducting affairs.” They asserted that without this right, “a people cannot be free and happy.”
With media giants actively working with many politicians, WikiLeaks publications have become absolutely vital in provoking meaningful debate and creating informed voters in our nation.
In a recent court filing, Trump’s campaign lawyer passionately argued that there can be “no serious doubt” that the disclosures from WikiLeaks are “newsworthy” and of “public concern” and must be considered protected under our First Amendment. We agree with him fully, yet the administration has not only continued the Obama-era war against the publisher, but ramped it up significantly.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post last year, Assange eloquently explained that “WikiLeaks’ sole interest is expressing constitutionally protected truths, which I remain convinced is the cornerstone of the United States’ remarkable liberty, success and greatness.”
If President Trump actually wants to drain the swamp and fulfill the promises that he ran on, then he should actively support the publisher who has shed the most light on it… including during his own presidential bid.
The First Amendment is a beautiful ideal that means so much more than just words on paper.
The concept of biased and fake news did not begin during the 2016 election. It was something that the Founding Fathers struggled against themselves. During his presidency, Thomas Jefferson was the frequent target of misleading gossip and smears.
“The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper,” Jefferson once said.
The Founding Fathers would have protected WikiLeaks at all costs and it is time that we inherit their spirit.
List of signatories (in no particular order):
Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
Doug Stafford, Chief Strategist for Senator Rand Paul
Pamela Anderson, Actress/Activist
Roger Stone, Fmr. Trump Campaign Advisor/Political Strategist
Ensaf Haidar, Activist/Wife of Political Prisoner Raif Badawi
Norman Singleton, President of Campaign for Liberty
Phil Demers, Activist/Marineland Whistleblower
Marco Gutierrez, CA Chairman Republican National Hispanic Assembly
Jason Osbourne, Fmr. Sr. Advisor for Trump Campaign/Political Strategist
Cate Long, Puerto Rico Clearinghouse
Harlan Z. Hill, Trump 2020 Campaign Advisory Board/Logan Circle Group Political Consulting
Robert Barnes, Constitutional Law Attorney
Wayne Dupree, National Diversity Coalition for Donald Trump/Political Commentator
Kim Dotcom, Tech Entrepreneur
James O’Keefe, Project Veritas
Al Barr, Musician/Dropkick Murphys
Phil Labonte, Musician/All That Remains
Mat Devine, Musician/Kill Hannah
Robby Starbuck, Producer/Director, RSM Creative
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars
Suzie Dawson, Journalist, Leader of Internet Party of New Zealand
Luke Rudkowski, We Are Change
Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media
William Craddick, Disobedient Media
Michael Malice, Author/Comedian
Ross Cameron, Sky News Australia
Bill Binney, Former Technical Director at NSA
Peter Van Buren, U.S. Department of State (ret.)
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit
Irma Hinojosa, Latinos With Trump/Real Heroes
Ian Miles Cheong, Daily Caller/Dangerous
Allum Bokhari, Breitbart News
Charlie Nash, Breitbart News
Robert Zimmerman Jr., Fight Fake News USA
Full Moderator Team, The_Donald Subreddit
Jeffrey Tucker, American Institute for Economic Research
Jack Posobiec, Fmr. Navy Intelligence Officer
Ben Garrison, Political Cartoonist
Mike Tokes, Political Strategist
Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
Christopher Barron, Political Strategist/Right Turn Strategies
Adam Kokesh, Author/Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Jacob Wohl, The Washington Reporter
Caitlin Johnstone, Journalist
Chadwick Moore, Journalist
Scott Ludlam, Fmr. Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
H.A. Goodman, Author, Journalist
Lucian Wintrich, Gateway Pundit
Adam Hill, Fairfax Media Australia
Seth Weathers, Fmr. Trump GA State Director/Weatherscorp
Raymond Johansen, Board member of the Pursuance Project and Pirate Parties International
Gavin McInnes, Comedian/CRTV
Kitty Hundal, Ontario Civil Liberties Association
Joseph Hickey, Executive Director, Ontario Civil Liberties Association
Denis Rancourt, PhD – Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association
Cassandra Fairbanks, Gateway Pundit
Sign your name to the petition demanding that this attack on free press ends now.