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Snowden warns Assange extradition will lead free press to slaughterhouse as publisher’s critics blinded by partisanship
The US drive to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange poses a grave threat to journalists everywhere, but the publishers opponents have placed politics over principle, and even their own interests, said whistleblower Ed Snowden.
“I think a lot of it comes down to people forgetting what principles are and why they're important,” Snowden said in an interview with Joe Rogan on Tuesday. “You can hate Julian Assange, you can think he's a puppet of Russia, you can think he's the worst person on Earth – a reincarnation of Hitler or Stalin – and still realize that convicting him harms you.”
It harms your society. It harms your children's future. People forget about this in today's world where everything has become partisan.
While Assange “fell out of favor” with a large segment of American society in 2016 over Wikileaks’ publication of emails belonging to then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, his current extradition trial has “nothing to do with that,” Snowden said.
“The US government… is trying to extradite this guy and put him in prison for the rest of his life for the best work that Wikileaks ever did... which is the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs, detainee records in Guantanamo Bay. Things that are about explicit war crimes and abuses of power,” the whistleblower went on, recalling that Assange’s work with Wikileaks has spared no political party.