Edward Snowden Calls Public, Media Furor Against Assange Dystopian
"Julian Assange is one of the longest-serving political prisoners in the western world. Every level of the case against him has been shot through with corruption and abuse of process. People justify it by reciting memes to demonstrate their allegiance. This is dystopia," Snowden posted on Twitter.
"Not a journalist," chants the mob, unwittingly lobbying for the rights to speak and publish to be afforded only to a class of corporate media businesses consecrated by the state.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 10, 2021
It doesn't matter if Assange is a hobo on a soapbox: the First Amendment protects everyone equally.
"Fine, whatever — I just don't like the bastard," admits another, "Assange deserves to suffer."— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 10, 2021
The arbitrary punishment of those unlike you for the crime of being unlike you is the very heart of the fascism you claim to oppose.
Free societies are founded on tolerance.