"Assange, Manning and WikiLeaks, by making public in 2010 half a million internal documents from the Pentagon and the State Department, along with the 2007 video of U.S. helicopter pilots nonchalantly gunning down Iraqi civilians, including children, and two Reuters journalists, effectively exposed the empire’s hypocrisy, indiscriminate violence and its use of torture, lies, bribery and crude tactics of intimidation.
shone a spotlight into the inner workings of empire—the most important
role of a press—and for this it has become empire’s prey. Those around
the globe with the computer skills to search out the secrets of empire
are now those whom empire fears most. If we lose this battle, if these
rebels are defeated, it means the dark night of corporate
totalitarianism. If we win, if the corporate state is unmasked, it can
be destroyed. ...
There are no divisions among government departments or the two major political parties over what should
be Assange’s fate.
'I think we should be clear here. WikiLeaks and
people that disseminate information to people like this are criminals,
first and foremost,' then-press secretary Robert Gibbs, speaking for the
Obama administration, said during a 2010 press briefing. http://www.whitehouse.gov/
the-press-office/2010/11/29/ press-briefing-press-secretary- robert-gibbs-11292010
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and then-Sen. Christopher S. Bond, a
Republican, said in a joint letter to the U.S. attorney general calling
for Assange’s prosecution: 'If Mr. Assange and his possible accomplices
cannot be charged under the Espionage Act (or any other applicable
statute), please know that we stand ready and willing to support your
efforts to ‘close those gaps’ in the law, as you also mentioned. …'