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Editorial | Let Mr Assange be

The charges on which Mr Assange is to be extradited – unless he somehow causes Ms Patel to have a change of mind – stem from the accusation that in 2010 he helped the former US soldier and intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning, to intrude on computers to steal classified information from the US government

Jamaica’s media and their journalists should be deeply disquieted by the decision by Britain’s Home Affairs Minister Priti Patel to extradite Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, to the United States to face espionage charges

The prosecution of Mr Assange, as this newspaper has previously asserted, and now Ms Patel’s decision, are serious blows to press freedom and, thus, a threat to democracy.

WikiLeaks, essentially, is a digital media organisation that specialises in uncovering and disseminating large data sets of the kinds of information that governments would prefer to keep secret. It often works with other media organisations globally in collating and analysing the information it uncovers.

For instance, The Gleaner was among the network of media that 11 years ago published information from diplomatic cables sent by the US Embassy in Kingston to the State Department, which gave insights into how Washington’s envoys here interpreted the actions of Jamaica’s political institutions and the players within them.

The charges on which Mr Assange is to be extradited – unless he somehow causes Ms Patel to have a change of mind – stem from the accusation that in 2010 he helped the former US soldier and intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning, to intrude on computers to steal classified information from the US government.

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