Podcast: Kevin Gosztola Discusses the Latest Developments in the Case Against Julian Assange

In this episode of MintCast, independent journalist and editor of ShadowProof Kevin Gosztola discusses the intricacies of the Assange hearings where the former editor of Wikileaks stands accused of 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act, an archaic law that has been used to target whistleblowers.

Podcast: Kevin Gosztola

Welcome to MintCast, the official weekly MintPress News podcast hosted by Mnar Muhawesh and Whitney Webb that re-launched in February 2020. MintCast is an interview podcast featuring dissenting voices, independent researchers and journalists who the establishment would rather silence. One such voice is independent journalist and editor of

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Breaking The Media Blackout on the Imprisonment of Julian Assange

The same media that has spent years dragging Assange’s name through the mud is now engaging in a blackout on his treatment. If you are waiting for corporate media pundits to defend freedom of the press, you’re going to be disappointed.

Julian Assange feature photo

  The role of journalism in a democracy is publishing information that holds the powerful to account -- the kind of information that empowers the public to become more engaged citizens in their communities so that we can vote in representatives that work in the interest of “we the people.”  There is perhaps no better example of watchdog

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Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange, as a Journalist, Can’t Be Tried Under Espionage Act

“Julian is not a whistle blower per se, but a facilitator of whistleblowing,” Ellsberg said, “…the point being that as a journalist, he can not fairly be tried under the Espionage Act.”

Daniel Ellsberg Chelsea Manning

In an interview with Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says the Espionage Act, under which he was indicted, cannot apply to Julian Assange because he is a journalist.  Speaking during an online vigil for Assange organized by Unity4J.com, Ellsberg told Lauria that the motive for U.S. leaders

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Reality Winner’s Sentence Celebrated as Longest Ever for Unauthorized Disclosure

Prosecutors claimed Winner’s disclosure of the NSA report “caused exceptionally grave damage to national security.” However, that was never proven during course of this case and in fact, prosecutors claimed it didn’t have to be proven to convict her of violating the Espionage Act.

This combination of pictures created on June 9, 2017, from images provided by the Lincoln County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of intelligence contractor Reality Winner.

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to five years and three months in prison at a federal courthouse in Augusta, Georgia. It was part of a plea agreement approved by the court, where Winner admitted she disclosed classified information in violation of the Espionage Act. Winner will be incarcerated at Federal

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NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Pleads Guilty to Espionage Act Charge

The Espionage Act charge prevented Winner from explaining her actions to a jury, which made it difficult for her to “receive a fair trial,” as well as fair treatment in court.

This combination of pictures created on June 9, 2017, from images provided by the Lincoln County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of intelligence contractor Reality Winner.

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act when she disclosed an NSA report that claimed Russian hackers targeted United States voter registration systems in the 2016 election. The guilty plea was part of a change of plea hearing in federal court in Augusta, Georgia, and the result of a plea

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Reality Winner to Sign Plea Deal on Espionage Charge

Two things emerge clearly from the Winner and Albury espionage cases: 1) The Espionage Act was not created to, and should cease to, target journalists’ sources; 2) It would behoove The Intercept, and any such outlet, to work harder at protecting their sources.

Accused NSA whistleblower, Reality Winner, leaves the U.S. District Courthouse in Augusta, Ga., following a bond hearing on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle/AP)

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA -- Reality Leigh Winner -- a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and linguist, and the first person to be charged with violating the Espionage Act on President Donald Trump’s watch -- has signed a plea agreement, according to the Courage Foundation. Her plea hearing has been scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, June

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