Be Very Careful About Who We Call "Traitor".
By Julian Assange
June 22, 2013
Clearing House -
It has now been a
year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from
As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in
relative safety from a US espionage investigation.
But today, Edward Snowden's ordeal is just beginning.
Two dangerous runaway processes have taken root in the last
decade, with fatal consequences for democracy.
Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale.
Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly eradicated.
A few weeks ago, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an ongoing
program - involving the Obama administration, the intelligence
community and the internet services giants - to spy on everyone
in the world.
As if by clockwork, he has been charged with espionage by the
The US government is spying on each and every one of us, but it
is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us
It is getting to the point where the mark of international
distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace
Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of
Edward Snowden is the eighth leaker to be charged with espionage
under this president.
Bradley Manning's show trial enters its fourth week on Monday.
After a litany of wrongs done to him, the US government is
trying to convict him of "aiding the enemy."
The word "traitor" has been thrown around a lot in recent days.
But who is really the traitor here?
Who was it who promised a generation "hope" and "change," only
to betray those promises with dismal misery and stagnation?
Who took an oath to defend the US constitution, only to feed the
invisible beast of secret law devouring it alive from the inside
Who is it that promised to preside over The Most Transparent
Administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after
whistleblower with the bootheel of espionage charges?
Who combined in his executive the powers of judge, jury and
executioner, and claimed the jurisdiction of the entire earth on
which to exercise those powers?
Who arrogates the power to spy on the entire earth - every
single one of us - and when he is caught red handed, explains to
us that "we're going to have to make a choice."
Who is that person?
Let's be very careful about who we call "traitor."
Edward Snowden is one of us.
Bradley Manning is one of us.
They are young, technically minded people from the generation
that Barack Obama betrayed.
They are the generation that grew up on the internet, and were
shaped by it.
The US government is always going to need intelligence analysts
and systems administrators, and they are going to have to hire
them from this generation and the ones that follow it.
One day, they will run the CIA and the FBI.
This isn't a phenomenon that is going away.
This is inevitable.
And by trying to crush these young whistleblowers with espionage
charges, the US government is taking on a generation, and that
is a battle it is going to lose.
This isn't how to fix things.
The only way to fix things is this:
Change the policies.
Stop spying on the world.
Eradicate secret law.
Cease indefenite detention without trial.
Stop assassinating people.
Stop invading other countries and sending young Americans off to
kill and be killed.
Stop the occupations, and discontinue the secret wars.
Stop eating the young: Edward Snowden, Barrett Brown, Jeremy
Hammond, Aaron Swartz, Gottfrid Svartholm, Jacob Appelbaum, and
The charging of Edward Snowden is intended to intimidate any
country that might be considering standing up for his rights.
That tactic must not be allowed to work.
The effort to find asylum for Edward Snowden must be
What brave country will stand up for him, and recognize his
service to humanity?
Tell your governments to step forward.
Step forward and stand with Snowden.
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