Whistleblowers 15: Will Julian Assange get a fair hearing?

Political Concern

In 2018, MEP Molly Scott Cato’s support for the proposal for a new EU directive to protect whistleblowers, was reported on this site. It followed twelve general articles which focussed on brave individuals who suffered for revealing unwelcome truths.

Number 15, Julian Assange, faces 18 charges under the US Espionage Act for the 2010 release of 500,000 secret files detailing aspects of US military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. His partner, Stella Moris, delivered an 80,000-strong petition opposing his extradition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office.

Assange has been criticised for allegedly working in the interests of Russia charges which he has denied (read more here). However, during the extradition hearing at the Old Bailey, human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith pointed out that the content of the website published by Wikileaks* had:

  • helped to end a secret US assassination programme – “a targeted assassination programme”…

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