This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 26, 2017 for week ending May 5, 2017

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"(To prosecute Julian Assange) would risk setting a precedent that would make it easy to prosecute the New York Times for also publishing classified documents or stories based on classified documents."

– Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist and publisher of the EmptyWheel.net blog, on how former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had faced the same dilemma that Trump's Department of Justice is now revisiting over the WikiLeaks founder


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Trump Prosecution of Julian Assange Would Pose a Grave Threat to Press Freedom

MP3 Interview with Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist and publisher of the EmptyWheel.net blog, conducted by Scott Harris

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, was granted asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy in August 2012 as he faced extradition to Sweden to answer questions on rape and sexual assault charges. While Assange denied the allegations, he refused to travel to Sweden then, fearing that the government there would extradite him to the U.S., where he could face serious charges for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents in 2010. Those documents, leaked by U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning to WikiLeaks, were a great embarassment to the U.S., exposing covert spying and military operations, as well as a video recording of U.S. helicopter gunships killing Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists.  Story continues

Unemployment, Xenophobia Lifts Fascist Candidate to Final Round of French Election

MP3 Interview with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris

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The results of the closely watched first round of the French presidential election didn’t stray too far from what many polls had predicted. Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political novice who served as the economics minister in the outgoing Socialist government, led the field of 11 candidates, winning 24 percent of the vote. He was followed by Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, who attracted 21.3 percent of the vote. While Macron and Le Pen now move to the second round election on May 7, it was notable that French voters had decisively rejected the nation’s two establishment parties, the center left incumbent Socialists and the center right Les Républicains.  Story continues

Connecticut Activists Work to Establish Effective Police Civilian Complaint Review Board

MP3 Excerpt of presentation by Dan Barrett, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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A group of community activists met at a local church in New Haven, Connecticut on April 19 to continue a discussion of how to establish an effective civilian review board that has real power to reduce the incidence of police brutality and illegitimate arrests. Like many cities across the country there is rising concern in New Haven about police shootings and abuse of unarmed black men that spurred the organization of the Black Lives Matter movement from coast-to-coast.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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