What does Assange’s arrest mean for the future of journalism?

What does Assange’s arrest mean for the future of journalism?



for more on this we're being joined now by action right on Z host of going underground here on RT action good to see you so we you had the opportunity to meet with Julian Assange a couple of years ago at the Ecuadorian embassy these charges against him were not yet known at the time but he said all along that the US would eventually do this to him but the the charge is conspiracy for what they say is his role in assisting Chelsea Manning hacked classified government computers do you think these charges are fair well that'll be up to the courts won't it I've got to say it's been a pretty crazy day here in Britain I've just got back from Doughty Street chambers world-famous human rights law chambers talking to Geoffrey Robertson QC about the case it is interesting you know there's been terrific amount of politicization of this case already here in britain with the british foreign secretary coming out saying Assange it's great that he's been arrested in fact the prime minister trays are may saying the house of commons should welcome this arrest Amal Clooney recently and she's from Doughty Street chambers that's where she was practicing law while Clooney is the special envoy of the Foreign Office on media freedom and what this case more than anything about the exact charges as regards the extradition of the u.s. is is to do with and is what is alarming people is what it means for press freedom I don't know whether people in the New York Times newsroom or the Guardian newsroom here in London or the de Spiegel newsroom in Berlin whether they'll be sleeping tonight because this has this has such chilling consequences for press freedom in NATO nations and a bomber administration Justice Department statement to the Washington Post back in 2013 say it said and claimed that we mustn't prosecute prosecute Julian Assange because if we prosecute him we're gonna have to prosecute CNN and who knows who else who have reproduced the revelations of war crimes to get to try and get him on hacking is one thing the indictment as regards extradition also directly to the Afghan war logs the Iraq war logs and Cablegate these are important documents that press all around the world used to be able to unmask what the United States government under quite a few presidents has been doing to suppress information from the American public and the public's of NATO nations and it should be said against all countries including Russia now actually I'm glad you brought up press freedom because the UK will likely allow the extradition to the US to for Assange to face these conspiracy charges this of course now after a judge there in England has has found him guilty of skipping out on bail from a previous sexual assault charge stemming from Sweden so will will Assange s fate determine the future of journalism and and whistleblowers I think that's without doubt I should know correct you that there are no charges of sexual assault against Julian Assange they never have been such as the ability for character assassination against Julian Assange and remember for seven years if people on RT were saying there is the fear of an extradition by a grand jury in the United States the mainstream media was saying no it isn't it's about sexual assault in Sweden now what's worrying is that in the past few hours he's been sat down he's been told that he's guilty of jumping bail on on a accusation on an allegation that no longer even exists is not even being pursued by Swedish authorities and as regards what the British judiciary who are going to decide whether he'll be extradited to the United States and there are questions over the partiality of the of the of the judicial system this court judge michael snow said Julian Assange he's characterized Julian Assange as having the behavior of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest of course if you're the relatives of those Reuters journalists gunned down as we saw on the collateral murder videos we're gonna wonder is he the narcissist or is narcissism something in the eye of the beholder Wow stunning remarks from the judge there and real quickly option the fact that you've been a journalist in London for a long time the the fact that the UK has gone in and stood assange at the behest of the United States what does that tell you about the US UK relationship well what's quite amazing is how the government here including the Home Secretary the foreign secretary they have gone really hard on Asajj saying justice will now be served ironically they said justice in a British Court but of course it's nothing to do with a British Court now it's a British proxy for the United States grand jury it's what day 34 Chelsea Manning's incarceration because he refuses to give evidence but there are signs of hope as regards to the Julian Assange side of things they're obviously demonstrating lots of supporters all around the world even if as you say Donald Trump no longer seems to love WikiLeaks in fact he doesn't seem to know the shadow home secretary in this country jeremy corbyn's shadow and secular said this is what Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are quotes guilty of exposing the murderous outcome of the u.s. military assault on Iraq so that's a pretty high up opposition Member of Parliament here and no doubt there will be politicians all around the world and no doubt in the Arab world I should say as well because it was WikiLeaks expose documents showing the corruption of us-backed proxies across the Arab world that arguably led to the Arab Spring certainly just the beginning of this story I've seen appreciate your time today after more times we thank you for shedding a little light for us today hey YouTube thanks for checking out our channel we hope you enjoyed the video we have tons of content for you just like this for more of RT America's one-of-a-kind news and analysis be sure to subscribe and never stop questioning more

22 thoughts on “What does Assange’s arrest mean for the future of journalism?

  1. Wikileaks is a clearing house for data and information and Publisher Julian Assange is not a hacker but a patriot and must be exonerated of all charges. Julian Assange has sacrificed so much for the truth. I'm grateful for what he has shared with the world and confident that the truth will prevail and Assange will be allow the Freedom to continue his work in fresh air and Sunlight!! Free Julian Assange immediately. Jail for war criminal Hillary Clinton!!

    United in Solidarity with Julian Assange.

  2. It means he became a martyr. The US isn't sustainable. Assange will be remembered as a hero long after the US breaks up into several countries.

  3. Grant First Amendment liberty to Julian Assange regardless of his citizenship. Whistleblowers keeping getting the shaft while the criminals get away with lies and murder. They will all "perish" before Christ. Don't share their fate.

  4. Are the charges fair???? ASSANGE crusader or criminal!  Depends on what side  your on,   if your on the side of  the   Deep State , made up of the fascist  military corporate-state  and   its corrupt capitalist  politics and culture, then  Jullian Assange  is a criminal.

  5. They made up a charge to protect their MSM friends and get Assange. The make up the same charges in the U.S. sexual assault. Mike Pence is a player in this

  6. As long as you don't criticise the US and UK governments you're safe, in fact you have carte blanche to commit war crimes, but if you dare publish the truth and show evidence of government war crimes you will be imprisoned for life.

  7. This is such a joke!!! All a fucking play!
    Assange he has been a fucking controlled opposition trash bucket from day 1. Look into his fucking history u plebs

  8. SHAME
    SHAME
    SHAME
    HOME OF
    WESTMINSTER SYSTEM OF
    GOVERNMENT.
    FREE JULIAN
    YOU HYPOCRITES.

    LIBERTY AND FREEDOM WON
    BY BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN DURING
    2ND WW FOR ALL
    FREEDOM PATRIOTS AND
    FOR ALL HUMANITY.
    JULIAN REPRESENTED ALL
    HUMANITY AND
    DECENCY AND
    DEMOCRACY.
    THE LAW LORDS
    ARE THE ONLY HOPE FOR LIBERTY.
    ALSO
    FREEDOM FOR
    THE WESTMINSTER
    SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT AND FOR
    DEMOCRACY.
    LIBERTY, LIBERTY AND LIBERTY, LORD CHIEF JUSTICE AND ALL LAW LORDS OF
    ENGLAND, MAY YOU GRANT FREEDOM TO THE
    ENGLISH SPEAKING
    PEOPLES.

    MAY WE
    SEEK JUSTICE BUT
    LOVE MERCY AND
    WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD ALMIGHTY.
    GOD THE ETERNAL.
    GOD THE GREAT UNIVERSAL
    ARCHITECT.
    THE GOD OF
    ABRAHAM.

    FREE
    JULIAN ASSANGE.

    WE ARE GOD 'S
    CRUSADERS FOR
    LIBERTY.

  9. WIKI LEAKS HERO ASS-ANGE- t-rump card- for DIVERT USA/GLOBE OFF- CIA TO ATTACK- ROB/KILL for VENEZ. OIL! CIA OPS- IRAN! ✡ BOMBING to BITS. PLO again, etc.

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