A coalition of 24 press freedom, civil rights and online defense groups signed a letter asking Biden to leave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange alone.
A Monday letter signed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Press Freedom Foundation, among others, asked the Biden administration to waive extradition procedures currently underway in the UK.
The authors are pleading with Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson to abandon the Trump era pursuit of Assange. “The Trump administration has positioned itself as an adversary of a free and unfettered press in many ways,” the letter said.
Assange has been in exile for most of the past decade. WikiLeaks is the medium for leaked documents, especially from the government, a situation that has proven controversial. Several payment platforms have cut WikiLeaks, the donation-dependent entity, from payments over the years. In fact, when it introduced Bitcoin in 2011, it was the first introduction much of the public had to give to the emerging cryptocurrency.
In fact, WikiLeaks’ experimental use of Bitcoin was the subject of another confirmed connection by Satoshi Nakamoto: an email in which they wrote: “It would have been good to get this interest in any other context. WikiLeaks launched the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is heading towards us.”
Despite Satoshi’s refusal, cryptocurrency users continued to support WikiLeaks, even donating $ 400,000 to Assange’s defense last month.
The journalistic community has also generally defended WikiLeaks, as revealing confidential information was critical to the public good in many cases. It was stated in yesterday’s message:
“Journalists in major news publications regularly speak to sources, request clarification or further documentation, and receive and publish documents that the government considers classified. In our opinion, such precedent in this case could effectively criminalize these common journalistic practices.”
Although the letter declared itself primarily as coming from human rights groups, it considered among those organizations several organizations known to advocate Internet access as a human right. Among them are Access Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Human Rights Foundation, whose chief strategic officer Alex Gladstein is a major advocate of Bitcoin.