Wikileaks founder and fellow whistleblower, Julian Assange, yesterday released a statement on his website, in which he encouragingly voiced his support for the inappropriately branded ‘spy’ and ‘traitor’, Edward Snowden, while simultaneously raising a number of pertinent points pertaining to president Obama and his administrative minions.
From the relative safety of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Assange now resides after himself having been persecuted by the Swedish, British and US government for publishing secret military and diplomatic documents, he set about pointing out the dangerous implications for freedom and privacy that ungovernable government snooping has, as well as highlighting the barefaced cheek of the US Department of so called ‘Justice’ in wanting to charge Snowden with espionage for tipping off the people about mass government espionage.
“The US government is spying on each and every one of us” he said, “but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off. It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US department of justice.”
Assange then turns his attention to Obama, implying that it is in fact him who is the real traitor here and not Edward Snowden. “Who was it who promised a generation of ‘hope’ and ‘change’, only to betray those promises with dismal misery and stagnation?” he asks.
“Who took an oath to defend the US constitution, only to feed the invisible beast of secret law devouring it alive from the inside out?
Who is it that promised to preside over The Most Transparent Administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after whistleblower with the bootheel of espionage charges?
Who combined in his executive the powers of judge, jury and executioner, and claimed the jurisdiction of the entire earth on which to exercise those powers?
Who arrogates the power to spy on the entire earth – every single one of us – and when he is caught red handed, explains to us that we’re ‘going to have to make a choice’.”
After proposing a number of changes to “fix” things and prevent the need for whistleblowers in the first place, the Wikileaks founder then ties up his piece by stating that “The charging of Edward Snowden is intended to intimidate any country that might be considering standing up for his rights.” – which of course is completely correct, before finally calling for the efforts to find asylum for Snowden to be intensified. “Tell your governments to step forward. Step forward and stand with Snowden”.