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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: Obama Admin "Becoming a Sausage Factory" for ...

Watch the full interview with Julian Assange on Democracy Now! at http://owl.li/lvQJu. Jeremy Hammond of the hacktivist group Anonymous has pleaded guilty to hacking into the private intelligence firm Stratfor, the FBI and other institutions. Some five million Stratfor emails ended up on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, shedding light on how the private intelligence firm monitors activists and spies for corporate clients. Hammond is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He has already spent 15 months incarcerated, including weeks in solitary confinement. Joining us from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Hammond's prosecution comes as part of a wider crackdown on activists and whistleblowers. "Look, the Obama administration is becoming a sausage factory for making political prisoners," Assange says. "The example that it is trying to set, of course, is: Don't criticize this new power bloc at all."

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