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July 3rd, Celebrate Julian Assange’s Freedom

Signal boosting this event from Boston Area Assange Defense and organizers Susan McLucas and Paula Iasella.

Dear fellow supporters of Julian Assange,

What a happy few days this has been!  We hope you will join us for our short rally and victory party on Julian’s birthday, Wednesday, July 3 at 4pm in front of the UK Consulate at One Broadway, Cambridge and then at Brothers Marketplace [1 Broadway, Cambridge].  We don’t often win battles and it’s great when we do!

The Assange campaign has clarified that Julian having accepted the plea deal does not set a legal precedent. What set a dangerous precedent was the US prosecuting a journalist in the first place! The war on journalists/journalism is not over. We need to remind our representatives to be more vigilant so that future journalists challenging power won’t be prosecuted! The campaign is also calling on legislators, journalists and activists to push for a pardon now. Together we will write a few postcards on Wednesday.  Asking our reps to defend press freedom and push the Biden administration to pardon Julian Assange are good messages to give to our representatives. It is an election year and the postcards were designed with ‘Elections 2024″ in mind!  Hope to see you Wednesday.

Susan McLucas and Paula Iasella

From Wikileaks: text / video


Julian Assange is free. He left Belmarsh maximum security prison on the morning of 24 June, after having spent 1901 days there. He was granted bail by the High Court in London and was released at Stansted airport during the afternoon, where he boarded a plane and departed the UK.

This is the result of a global campaign that spanned grass-roots organisers, press freedom campaigners, legislators and leaders from across the political spectrum, all the way to the United Nations. This created the space for a long period of negotiations with the US Department of Justice, leading to a deal that has not yet been formally finalised. We will provide more information as soon as possible.

After more than five years in a 2×3 metre cell, isolated 23 hours a day, he will soon reunite with his wife Stella Assange, and their children, who have only known their father from behind bars.
WikiLeaks published groundbreaking stories of government corruption and human rights abuses, holding the powerful accountable for their actions. As editor-in-chief, Julian paid severely for these principles, and for the people’s right to know.

As he returns to Australia, we thank all who stood by us, fought for us, and remained utterly committed in the fight for his freedom.

Julian’s freedom is our freedom.
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