If Obama Wants No More Snowdens, He Should Stop Spying and Assassinating, Says WikiLeaks

By on June 25, 2013

by JD Tuccille

The massive communications surveillance in which the United States and British governments (and possibly other states) are engaged are being overlooked in the international frenzy over Edward Snowden’s flight for freedom, emphasized attorney Michael Ratner, for WikiLeaks, as well as the organizations’s founder, Julian Assange, in a press call this morning. Ratner, of the Center for Constitutional Rights, represents Assange and Wikileaks in the United States. He presented the legal case for Snowden’s search for asylum, saying that  the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees protects whistleblowers (presumably under its protections for political refugees) and that, since no international arrest warrant exists for Snowden, the United States is relying on intimidating other countries into closing their borders to him. Assange emphasized that Snowden is no traitor, since he neither spied on behalf of nor “adhered” to enemies of the United States.

Snowden has applied for asylum in Ecuador and “possibly” in other countries, said Assange — a strong hint that the high-profile revealer of the NSA’s secrets is not putting all of his eggs in one basket. Snowden is notcooperating with Russian intelligence agencies, contrary to some news reports, insisted the WikiLeaks founder, who himeself has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Assange took the opportunity to tear into the U.S. government for its spying efforts, not just domestically, but around the word, emphasizing the universality of human rights. “The Obama administration was not given a mandate to hack and spy around the world.” The administration’s spying, and its subsequent bullying of of other countries to surrender Snowden “further demonstrates a breakdown in the rule of law by the Obama administration.

Assange tied Snowden’s flight for freedom to the trial of Bradley Manning for releasing sensitive U.S. documents to WikiLeaks and its prosecution under the espionage act of an unprecedented number of leakers. “If such a precedent is permitted, it will result in the complete destruction of national security journalism in the United States.” He pointed to public complaints by journalists about a “chilling effect” as sources dry up.

If the Obama administration wants to curtail the flow of leakers, said Assange, it should stop spying on the world, end its policy of indefinite detention, stop its assassination program and cease invading other countries.

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  1. marion miranda- keane

    August 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Snowden made an oath when he got clearance to some of the most sensitive information about how we go after suspected terrorist, suspected criminals who wish to do our country harm. He commited treason. What was so important about him letting us know the goverment is spying on us ? That is old news , been going on forever, I belive there is more sinister reason’s for him to sell out our country.If he truely believes he did the right thing, come back and face the music,tell the people I am prepard to ans. to all the Qonsequences”of my decision. If not stay in limbo , a man without a country. I do not feel sorry for this man or any-other like him !

  2. Raoul Popo

    August 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Who is harming a country ? You said “he sold out your country”…
    Get some facts !

    Saddam Hussein wanted to sell his petrol against euro currency, no more dollar. Goodbye Saddam (2006)
    Previously, in 1991, after the 2nd Gulf War (1st was when he attacked Iran), he had no soucy using poison gas against the Kurd civilians…

    Colonel Gaddafi wanted to set up a new currency, the gold dinar (based upon true gold) in oder to supplant the IMF and undermine Western economic hegemony in Africa, he set up an African satellite costing a one-time payment of US$400 million and the continent no longer has to pay a US$500 million every year to US-European company Intelsat !
    Goodbye Muammar (2011)

    Get a life, Marion !

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