Kellie Tranter: US Brand Assange An ‘Enemy Of State’

This week the Sydney Morning Herald published papers which reveal that the US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States – the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.

The declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with “communicating with the enemy”, a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.

Assange who this week addressed the UN via video link called on the US to cease its persecution of wikileaks and called directly on President Barak Obama to uphold the American tradition of free speech.

Kellie Tranter is a Lawyer and human rights activist who recently spoke at a public forum on Wikileaks at state parliament. She spoke with 2ser’s Rory O’Gorman.

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