Friday, November 27, 2020. New York City – People are asking president Donald Trump for full pardons for Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and reparations for Chelsea Manning.
I have been covering demonstrations in support of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning in New York City.
Many people in New York City support these three great people.
International human rights activist, organizer, political analyst. National Organizer for @blacks4peace, Ajamu Baraka said on Twitter, “I echo the call for full pardons for Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and reparations for Chelsea Manning.”
Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange responded to Ajamu Baraka, She said, “Thank you for calling for justice for my son & Edward & Chelsea They have all suffered for courageously defending freedom & democracy.”
Julian Assange’s partner has appealed to US President Donald Trump to pardon him. Stella Moris, including a picture of her and Mr Assange’s two children, she tweeted: “These are Julian’s sons Max and Gabriel. They need their father. Our family needs to be whole again. I beg you, please bring him home for Christmas @realDonaldTrump. #PardonAssange #FreeAssangeNOW”
Tulsi Gabbard said on Twitter, “Brave whistleblowers exposing lies & illegal actions in our government must be protected.
Join me and urge Congress: Pass my bipartisan legislation (HRes1162, HRes1175, HR8452) calling for charges against @snowden & Assange to be dropped & to reform the Espionage Act.”
Tulsi Gabbard said in another message on Twitter, “@realDonaldTrump Since you’re giving pardons to people, please consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state.”
Glenn Greenwald said on Twitter, “It’s hard to imagine anything that would shape Trump’s legacy better, and that would provoke cheers from everyone in the US and around the world (except John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice & Michael Hayden) than a pardon of Edward Snowden & Julian Assange.”
Justin Amash on Twitter asked Trump to pardon Snowden and Assange, “@realDonaldTrump, you still have an opportunity to bring home all the troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria (not just a partial drawdown), and to pardon Snowden and Assange. Millions of Americans will support you in these efforts.”
Green Party, ex presidential candidate Howie Hawkins says on his website HowieHawkins.us, “The United Nations has formally, repeatedly, and recently again declared that Assange’s detention was a violation of human rights and called for Assange freedom. Many of the nations of the world appreciate Assange and Wikileaks for publishing documents that revealed US spying and covert actions against their countries.
Whistleblowers and their publishers should be protected, not persecuted. The documents Manning provided to Wikileaks revealed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. They showed US knowledge of and complicity in torture, corruption, war-mongering, and authoritarian rule in many countries, including Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, and Tunisia, which added fuel to the Arab Spring uprisings. They revealed that the US was spying on the leadership of the UN and many countries ambassadors to the UN. They revealed that the US was still holding Guantanamo prisoners who had been cleared for release. These revelations are the kind of information a free press should reveal and the citizens of a democracy should know.
Rather than prosecuting a publisher for reporting the truth, the war crimes and human rights violations exposed by Wikileaks should be prosecuted by US and international courts. Those who committed crimes should be prosecuted, not the journalist who reported them.”
Edward Snowden said on Twitter, “I have seen more calls for pardon this year than in all others combined. No other issue in our time unites left, right, and center like the struggle to end governments’ abuse of mass surveillance and secrecy, and that would not be true without you — and your advocacy. Thank you.”
Edward Snowden: “For folks who see ‘Snowden’ trending and want to know more about why people are discussing a pardon for my part in revealing the NSA’s unconstitutional mass surveillance program, I took @JoeRogan through the whole history here:” (watch the video below).
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