Consortium News just published this article by Craig Murray, the person I recommended in Peace Action Wisconsin's newsletter, the Mobilizer, as one of the best sources on Assange's neverending trial. Murray is the former U.K. ambassador to Uzbekistan who exposed torture there. The new documentary Ithaka, that is the topic of this review, follows Julian's father and brother in their quest to free Julian. Some of you met them while they were here in Milwaukee while the camera was rolling. Ithaka is expected to reach the U.S. in November.
Here's an excerpt:
Away from the Tory Babel over who will be the top “world-leading” sociopath, I just spent two evenings in the company of decent people. John and Gabriel Shipton, Julian’s father and brother, were in Glasgow and Edinburgh for the screening of Ithaka, the documentary that follows the fight by Julian Assange’s family to have him freed. I was moderating the Q & A.
The odd pub may also have been visited.
Ithaka is heart-rending, and it has an important message in rehumanizing Julian after over a decade of concerted (I use that word advisedly) propaganda aimed at dehumanizing him.
The link to the entire article is here:
A second piece I would like to bring your attention to is the editorial by the Guardian on June 17 after Julian's lawyers filed their appeals in his case. Here is an excerpt:
The use of the Espionage Act to prosecute him [Assange] should be seen for what it is: an attack on the freedom of the press. As the Knight First Amendment Institute’s Carrie DeCell wrote in 2019, when the charge sheet was published, “soliciting, obtaining, and then publishing classified information ... [is] what good national security and investigative journalists do every day”.
Here is the link to the entire editorial:
Thank you to those who care to examine whether this case will destroy press freedom.
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