Something Stinks About the Random Persecutions of Julian Assange

Having come of age in the 1960s I am familiar with all the Secret Police ploys used to destroy the progressive movement.

When Freedom Riders and Voter Registration workers were murdered by Klansmen there were FBI informants involved in the murders.

It doesn’t require a paranoid belief in Conspiracy Theories to think that there is a connection between J. Edgar Hoover calling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The most dangerous man in America” and his murder by some one with resources he couldn’t have had on his own.

We know about the murdering of all those Black Panthers.  The Freedom of Information Act revealed the illegal actions by the Secret Police involved in Cointelpro.  Actions so criminal that people  had cases dismissed due to legal impropriety on the part of these Secret Police.

Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner due to a police frame up as is Mumia.

The US government does all it can to silence and destroy dissenters, dissidents and those who expose its plots and war crimes.

So it comes as no surprise that Julian Assange has someone of the utmost credibility in his corner, Danial Ellsberg.

Today’s New York Times:

WikiLeaks Founder Gets Support in Rebuking U.S. on Whistle-Blowers

Published: October 23, 2010

LONDON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, and Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, lashed out together on Saturday at the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of whistle-blowers, including those responsible for the release of secret documents on the Iraq war.

Mr. Assange also said that WikiLeaks, which released the trove of almost 400,000 Iraq war documents on Friday, would shortly be posting an additional 15,000 remaining secret documents on the Afghan war.

Mr. Assange, speaking at a news conference in a London hotel a stone’s throw from the headquarters of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI6, was joined by Mr. Ellsberg, 79, the former military analyst who leaked a 1,000-page secret history of the Vietnam War in 1971 that became known as the Pentagon Papers.

Mr. Ellsberg, who said he had flown overnight from California to attend, described Mr. Assange admiringly as “the most dangerous man in the world” for challenging governments, particularly the United States. He said the WikiLeaks founder had been “pursued across three continents” by Western intelligence services and compared the Obama administration’s threat to prosecute Mr. Assange to his own treatment under President Richard M. Nixon.

Both men hit out at what they described as the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of whistle-blowers, which Mr. Ellsberg said put the United States on a path to the kind of repressive legal framework that Britain has under its broad Official Secrets Act. He said the criminal investigations under President Obama of three Americans accused of leaking government secrets represented a new low.

The three men he was referring to were Pfc. Bradley Manning, a former military intelligence analyst suspected of providing the documents on Afghanistan and Iraq to WikiLeaks; Thomas Drake, an official with the National Security Agency who was indicted this year; and Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, an F.B.I. linguist who pleaded guilty to leaking five classified documents in late 2009.

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