Kennedy Jr. called Assange a hero of a generation

The price of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s freedom was that the United States managed to criminalize journalism and “globally” extend its jurisdiction to non-Americans, US presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. said on social network X.

Assange was released from a British prison after negotiating a partial plea deal with US prosecutors in exchange for a sentence of five years he had already spent behind bars.

“The bad news is that he had to plead guilty to conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information. This means that the US power state has succeeded in criminalizing journalism and extending its jurisdiction to non-citizens,” Kennedy Jr. wrote.

He acknowledged that Assange had to take a deal because otherwise he would have died in prison. “But the power state has set an appalling precedent and dealt a severe blow to press freedom,” the politician wrote.

Kennedy Jr. called Assange a “hero of a generation” and said he was “ecstatic” at the news of his release.

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