Julian Assange faces extradition from Britain the United States, where he would face a potential sentence of 175 years prison, in a hearing that resumes on Monday at Old Bailey in London. The imprisoned WikiLeaks editor and publisher’s extradition is being sought for publishing U.S. government documents in 2010, which exposed war crimes and human rights abuses.
The indictment marks the first-ever use of the Espionage Act for the publication of truthful information in the public interest, and it represents a gravely dangerous attempt to criminalize basic journalistic activity, threatening journalists’ right to publish and the public’s right to know.
Political comedian Jimmy Dore hosted the panel featuring Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, and Daniel Ellsberg, preeminent experts on free speech and the fight to protect it. They examined the implications of his indictment and explained why they have joined up as co-chairs of a new U.S. support group for Assange.
Watch it here at Assange Central on Consortium News: