Committee to Protect Journalists: Letter to the U.S. Justice Department Regarding Julian Assange, May 17, 2024

The Committee to Protect Journalists

Dear Attorney General Garland,

We, the undersigned coalition of press freedom, civil liberties, and
international human rights organizations, write to express acute concern about
the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal and extradition proceedings
relating to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, under the Espionage
Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

A Whistleblower’s Return To The World.

By Jeffrey Sterling: Progressive Hub

This was to be my first trip abroad in a very long time, certainly the first time since being released from prison.

Nonprofit Tax Code Weaponization Alert

By Patrick G. Eddington — CATO Institute

Get ready for another one of those “Congress is trying to pull a fast one” stories … and if you work for or financially support one or more nonprofits, you’ll want to read on. Congressional sources have informed Cato that an extremely controversial tax code bill that could be used to target politically disfavored nonprofits that has already passed the House may get a Senate vote this week. First, some important background information.

Our government’s quiet war on press freedom

By Kathleen McClellan – Jesselyn Radack:

It happened under Trump — and under Obama: The U.S. is using bad law to crack down on investigative journalism

Drone Whistleblower Subjected To Harsh Confinement Finally Released From Prison

Kevin Gosztola: The Dissenter

Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was released from prison in February after spending 33 months in some of the harshest confinement conditions ever imposed on a person for disclosing classified information to the press.

Hale remains in federal custody but is living in home confinement until July.

Though President Donald Trump’s Justice Department indicted Hale, his case became the first major Espionage Act conviction secured by prosecutors under President Joe Biden.

Germany’s Scholz speaks out against Assange extradition

Deutsche Welle:

German Chancellor Scholz voices opposition to the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US, stressing the importance of fair treatment. He calls on UK courts to ensure Assange’s rights are protected.

Florida journalist indicted on allegations of conspiracy, computer fraud, wiretapping

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Florida-based independent journalist Tim Burke was charged by the Justice Department with 14 felony counts alleging conspiracy, wiretapping and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, in an indictment unsealed on Feb. 21, 2024. FBI agents raided Burke’s home and office in May 2023 in connection to a criminal probe […]

Basic Press Freedoms Are at Stake in the Julian Assange Case

By Chip Gibbons:

In Julian Assange’s ongoing extradition battle in the UK, the United States is asserting its right to track down any journalist anywhere in the world, seize them, haul them to the US, and throw them into a US prison.

A Visit To Julian Assange In Prison

By Jeffrey Sterling:

Much like prison visiting rules, use of the Espionage Act is arbitrary and punitive. Justice or security have nothing to do with it.

Talk World Radio: Jeffrey Sterling on Whistleblowers, Assange, and Iran

This week on Talk World Radio, we’re discussing whistleblowers and Julian Assange and Iran and Palestine with RootsAction Whistleblower Advocate Jeffrey Sterling.