UK Court Blocks Julian Assange Extradition to US

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Miesha Taint

Miesha Taint

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They don’t want to turn him over to a Russian compromised country.
There is a principle in international law, called non-refoulement, that asserts that it is unlawful to compel asylum seekers and refugees to return to jurisdictions where they will suffer cruel and inhuman treatment. This argument, as Assange and his supporters have adapted it to his case, assumes not only that indicting him is unjust but also that the American judicial process is so broken that a trial can only result in persecution.


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DizzyEdge

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I support the aim to 'draw back the curtain' aspect of WikiLeaks but the fact they just dumped it all on the web without any sort of curation probably got a lot of people killed. Edward Snowden seems a more thoughtful example of info release.
 
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Miesha Taint

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I've held security clearances in the past. I take that stuff seriously.
the UK National Union of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders came out in support of Assange today

they and many others take press freedom very seriously

Assange notwithstanding, how do we balance investigative journalism with what's been commonly called a "war on whistleblowers?"
 

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the UK National Union of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders came out in support of Assange today

they and many others take press freedom very seriously

Assange notwithstanding, how do we balance investigative journalism with what's been commonly called a "war on whistleblowers?"
I dont really consider what he did to be whistleblowing, he just dumped a ton of classified material onto the web.
 

Dylith

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the "collateral murder" video, and afghan/iraq war log leaks documenting previously unreported numbers of civilian casualties is textbook whistleblowing by any definition

cablegate is where it gets a little hazy for me
Right. One big problem is that he didnt curate, or limit himself to something specific like that which we might consider honest whistleblowing. He released protected health info, social security numbers, agents names, thousands of compromising diplomatic cables, and troves of other material that wouldnt really fit under a whistleblowing definition.
 
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Miesha Taint

Miesha Taint

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Right. One big problem is that he didnt curate, or limit himself to something specific like that which we might consider honest whistleblowing. He release protected health info, social security numbers, agents names, thousands of compromising diplomatic cables and troves of other material that wouldnt really fit under a whistleblowing definition.
yes and no

there was a progression where he did a little bit of both, starting with curated releases early on

as it became clear that he was being prosecuted whether or not the leaks were curated, he abandoned journalistic ethics and began releasing them wholesale

this certainly made the government's case stronger, but that was never the sticking point for them originally
 

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