Media Support for Assange: Too Little Too Late?

After years of relative silence, the national media is beginning to show support for Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.  And much of that support revolves around the Espionage charges that Trump’s Justice Department has brought against him.  Originally charged with conspiricy, the new charges would amount to a life sentence for Assange.  But what’s even more alarming is that if convicted  the move against Assange would criminalize receipt and publication of any leaked or stolen document by any person, journalist or otherwise.   As On-Target’s Larry Sparano points out,  this would in effect shut down the First Amendent and Freedom of the Press.  And without the protection of the First Amendment, the government can hide all of its abuses and corruption, through the prosecution of anyone who dares to expose its wrongdoing.  Here’s the latest exchange between Larry and Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Assange Arrest: An Attempt to Jail the First Amendment

Make no mistake about it:  The recent arrest of Julian Assange is no less than an attempt to strike down the Constitutional amendment which has been a key element in keeping this nation free for the first two hundred and fifty years of its existence.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano says if you prevent journalists from publishing information which the government wants to keep hidden from you –you will then ensure a slow but steady march away from democracy and toward totalitarianism.  Larry spells cites the reasons for his alarm in this conversation with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Using “Anti-Semitism” to Crush Dissent

There is a movement afoot to shut down any sort of criticism of the current Israeli government and it’s hard-line policies on Palestinians by calling it “Anti-Semitism.”  And the U.S. Congress is going along with it.  It’s called BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) and it would empower the Federal government to criminalize the actions of  any company, organization and even individual citizens who speak out critically of the Israeli government –equating such criticism with “Anti-Semitism,” and hate speech.   On-Target’s Larry Sparano says it’s an outrage, clearly against every citizen’s right to free speech, as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And he warns, if this gets passed, where will it end?  Here’s his conversation with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York: