LISTEN: Cornel West, Ben Wizner & Max Blumenthal on Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom
Listen to the latest episode of Randy Credico’s radio show “Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom”, an ongoing exploration of the prosecution and persecution of the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder, hosted by Covert Action Magazine and featuring regular updates from the Courage Foundation’s Nathan Fuller:
On this episode, Credico speaks with legendary civil rights activist, author, and Harvard University Professor Dr. Cornel West, who lauds Julian Assange as a revolutionary truth-teller and places his revelations in an historical context. Dr. West visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and he recounts their conversations on history and politics.
Credico and Fuller also speak with the ACLU’s Ben Wizner, lead attorney for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, in detail about the U.S. government’s unprecedented indictment of Julian Assange. Wizner discusses just how brazen and dangerous he finds the use of the Espionage Act against a foreign publisher, and the implications that an extradition would mean around the globe. He also talks about the ways in which a conviction would threaten other journalists and the U.S. government’s attempt to distance Assange from the profession.
Finally, Credico speaks to journalist Max Blumenthal, editor of The Grayzone, about the international value of WIkiLeaks’ disclosures. Blumenthal, who will be at the Courage Foundation’s panel event on Assange’s prosecution on February 15th in New York City, gave examples of the utility of the war logs and diplomatic cables for journalists, and reminded listeners that even as Assange is in prison, WikiLeaks continues to publish groundbreaking revelations from whistleblowers within the OPCW.