Edward Snowden slammed Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Tony Blinken for celebrating World Press Freedom Day as the United States continues its prosecution of Julian Assange.
In a post on Twitter Monday afternoon, Snowden responded to a tweet by the nation’s top diplomat celebrating the rights of journalists as the US maintains its extradition efforts on “espionage” charges against Assange.
“This would be more persuasive if the White House weren’t aggressively seeking an 175-year sentence for the publisher of award-winning journalism of global importance,” Snowden tweeted. “Despite pleas from every significant press freedom and human rights organization.”
In another tweet, this one responding to Harris, Snowden wrote essentially the same message.
Blinken’s tweet said that “the United States continues to advocate for press freedom, the safety of journalists worldwide, and access to information on and offline.
“A free and independent press ensures the public has access to information. Knowledge is power,” he continued.
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