|Below are two petitions recently created by users of DIY.RootsAction.org, one in support of a brave publisher and the other in support of a brave whistleblower.
To Judge Vanessa Baraitser
We urge you to DENY the extradition request of the Trump Administration.
If Julian Assange is delivered to the United States it will be a momentous setback for press freedom.
The extradition treaty between the UK and United States prohibits extradition for a political offense.
Assange would not get a fair trial in the United States. He has been publicly prejudged by prominent political leaders. Secretary of State Pompeo declared Wikileaks a "non-state hostile intelligence service." Former Vice President Joe Biden has called Julian Assange a "hi-tech terrorist."
Assange's extradition would set a precedent under which the United States can claim the right to seize a citizen of any country and to judge them by U.S. laws without the rights of a U.S. citizen.
The United States breached Assange's right to client-lawyer confidentiality. During the last year at the Ecuadoran Embassy, a contractor for U.S. authorities spied on Assange 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including during his private meetings with lawyers.
Already the model of the Assange indictment has been copied by the Brazilian government in a criminal complaint against journalist Glenn Greenwald. A New York Times op-ed warned, "This blunt approach gives the government enormous leverage over journalists and, in the United States, provides them with a detour around First Amendment concerns. If these cases become templates that prosecutors in the United States and other nations follow, virtually every investigative reporter will become vulnerable to criminal charges and imprisonment."
Sign the petition endorsed by the National Lawyers Guild and Veterans for Peace.
The prosecution of drone whistleblower Daniel Hale is currently scheduled to proceed in March.
A former veteran of the drone assassination program who became an outspoken activist and critic of it, Hale is being prosecuted under the draconian Espionage Act because he dared shine a light into a very dark corner.
Hundreds of journalists, whistleblowers, and free press advocates have signed onto a demand that this prosecution be dropped. We hope you’ll stand with us and do the same.
Click here to add your name to the petition.
Hale faces a sentence of up to 50 years in prison. As in other Espionage Act cases, Hale’s defense will have its hands significantly tied at trial -- he and his attorneys have been barred from even uttering the words “whistleblower” or “good motive” in the courtroom.
Please click here now to sign this petition to the U.S. Department of Justice:
Stop the selective and vindictive prosecution of Daniel Hale and bring an end to the abuse of the Espionage Act to silence whistleblowers and other truth tellers.
These prosecutions are unfair, unjust, and undemocratic. It is unconscionable to use a law, supposedly aimed at actual spies and saboteurs, against individuals who act in good faith to bring government misconduct to the attention of the public.
This petition was created by WHISPeR - Whistleblower & Source Protection Program. Create your own here.
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P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
>> The Washington Post: "Former Intelligence Analyst Charged with Leaking Drone Details to News Outlet"
>> Reason: "He Helped Reveal How U.S. Drone Strikes Were Killing Innocents"
>> Defending Rights & Dissent: "Whistleblowers, Journalists, Condemn Espionage Act Charges"
>> The Intercept: "The Trump Administration Is Using the Full Power of the U.S. Surveillance State Against Whistleblowers"