Even the right-leaning US Supreme Court will be mortally afraid of ruling that the government can cover up its own illegalities by labeling anyone publishing those illegalities as not protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. The First Amendment doesn't use the terms "journalist" or "journalism" or intend for itself to only apply to "journalists" as that term is understood today. It uses the term "press."
I am the press right here publishing this. The First Amendment, the US Constitution, specifically states that the government can not abridge my right to do exactly what I'm doing publishing this (just as if I have an old ink press with readers reading the words on paper from that old ink press).
"Press" means "publish." It does not mean journalize, per se, as if some old-fashioned newspaper. Publishing is more than supposedly reporting news for profit.
What the People had in mind when the First Amendment was forced into the US Constitution to get that Constitution accepted was political pamphlets every bit as much or more than "newspapers." They were thinking about the People's right to print exactly what the monarch or governmental officials and office holders would rather never see the light of day.
That's what this is all about.
All charges against Julian Assange are based on unconstitutional grounds. The charges are clearly unconstitutional. Bringing the charges is an illegal act.
Just as Russiagate never should have been begun and never should have been allowed to spin out of control with endless idiotic investigations, the charges against Julian Assange are farcical and should be summarily dismissed by everyone.
If the charges are left standing, if Julian Assange is dragged to the US, tried, sentenced, and imprisoned or worse, the government of the United States will have ceased to exist. The US Constitution will have been rendered fit as toilet paper. All bets will be off. Every remedy by the People will be on the table. Heads could roll, and I don't mean the heads of the poor but of the current elite.
There would be no violently overthrowing the government of the United States, as that government would have made itself null and void. Any violent revolution will be to establish a government of, by, and for the People. It will not be kind to the greedy.
I'm not threatening. I'm warning what the People can do. I'm telling you not to go down the path that fools have laid out concerning Julian Assange.
Before it's too late, see the light. Do what's right.
You have been told.
The prosecution of Assange is the spearhead of the drive by the American ruling class to eviscerate the First Amendment and dismantle democratic rights. If Assange is convicted, it will mean that the publication of documents outlining the illegal activities of the US military/intelligence apparatus will be effectively criminalized.
In its 1971 ruling on the New York Times Co. v. United States, the Supreme Court upheld the right of the Times to publish the stolen secret documents, declaring, “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.”
The prosecution of Assange for publishing “documents relating to the national defense” represents an attempt not only to reverse this ruling, but to make the very dissemination of documents by journalists a crime.