Whatever you think of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the
unprecedented campaign by the U.S. government and corporate America to silence
the site is a chilling assault on free speech and a free media.
WikiLeaks has not been charged with a crime related to the
release of documents, yet the site's access to the Internet has been disrupted
and major efforts are underway to block credit card processing of donations to
keep the site running.
Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell, have called WikiLeaks a terrorist organization. Sen. Dianne
Feinstein, a leading Democrat, has proposed that Julian Assange be prosecuted
under the Espionage Act -- potentially setting a precedent that could expose
any journalist working on national security to a credible threat of
And it's not just in the U.S. A top Canadian official has
called for the extra-judicial assassination of Assange and other governments
are being heavily pressured to join the crackdown.
It's not surprising that the U.S. government and some of our
nation's largest corporations would want to take down a site that provides a
powerful new way to expose official lies and pierce their veil of secrecy. But
if we don't stand up and beat back this powerful assault on WikiLeaks, we will
put our democratic institutions at risk and deliver a blow to human rights work
around the world.
CREDO is joining Avaaz.org in organizing hundreds of
thousands of activists to take a stand and ask the U.S. government and
corporate America to protect our democracy and the rule of law by ending the
crackdown on WikiLeaks.