Branko Marcetic discusses the stunning lack of mainstream media coverage of Julian Assange’s case. Besides being the right thing to do, since Assange has heroically helped expose heinous crimes by many of the world’s governments, journalists also have a selfish reason to care about Assange’s plight: what he does at WikiLeaks is not categorically different from what any of them does when covering stories that originated from leaked documents. And yet nearly everyone in the press seems content to let Assange rot in solitary confinement.
Discussed on the show:
- “The Julian Assange Media Blackout Must End” (Jacobin)
- “7/1/21 Bjartmar Alexandersson on the Lies of America’s Star Witness Against Julian Assange” (The Libertarian Institute)
- Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
- “Vault7” (WikiLeaks)
- “Baghdad War Diary” (WikiLeaks)
- “Collateral Murder” (WikiLeaks)
- “State Department Cables” (WikiLeaks)
- “The Kafkaesque Nightmare of Attorney Steven Donziger, a Literal Prisoner of the Chevron Corporation” (Jacobin)
Branko Marcetic is a writer for Jacobin Magazine, a fellow at In These Times, and host of the 1/200 podcast. He is the author of Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden. Follow him on Twitter @BMarchetich.
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