The Murder of the First Amendment
Paul Craig Roberts
The illegal and unwarranted prosecution of Julian Assange by the US Government in a British court, if court it is and not a Star Chamber, is in fact the prosecution of the First Amendment. It will prevent journalists in the future from informing the public of criminal activity by government. This is already the case in a number of countries, and the US and UK are about to join them. Washington, working through a British judge and a British prosecutor, is murdering the First Amendment and, thereby, accountable government.
The US government’s case for Assange’s extradition to the US that is working its way through a CIA-suborned British court redefines journalists who hold government accountable as spies. In other words, journalists who reveal criminal actions of governments are quilty of espionage. If this were in fact the case, the New York Times would have been prosecuted for publishing the Pentagon Papers.
Once upon a time when law still ruled a person had to spy on his own country in order to have committed a crime. Julian Assange is an Australian citizen, but he is accused of committing espionage against the United States while living in Europe. If this were a crime under law, all the Israeli Mossad spies spying on the United States would be arrested and treated as Assange. Indeed, all spies of all countries spying on other countries, including the CIA and the British MI6, could be arrested and tried for espionage in the countries that they are spying on. Generally speaking, countries prosecute their own citizens who spy on their own country for foreign governments, but send foreign spies caught spying on them home ( https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2010/07/why-doesn-t-the-fbi-prosecute-more-spies.html ).
In other words, both the US and British governments are hypocrites and lawless. As the Australian government is just another Washington puppet state, Australia has done nothing to protect its citizen from false prosecution.
Neither have the journalists whose profession is being destroyed by the illegal prosecution of Assange. What is happening to Assange is worse than a Stalnist show trial, but no presstitute has raised a voice.
Journalists long ago ceased to be journalists and became propagandists for the CIA and the ruling elites.