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Glenn Greenwald Calls Julian Assange's Arrest "Pure Authoritarianism"

Greenwald: "What is really going on here is a war over control of the Internet, and whether or not the Internet can actually serve its ultimate purpose."
 
 
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London on an international warrant to face sex crime allegations in Sweden. Assange is expected to face a hasty extradition process to Sweden. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, constitutional attorney and blogger at Salon.com. Greenwald says: "Whatever you think of WikiLeaks, they have not been charged with a crime, let alone indicted or convicted. Yet look what has happened to them. They have been removed from Internet … their funds have been frozen … media figures and politicians have called for their assassination and to be labeled a terrorist organization. What is really going on here is a war over control of the Internet, and whether or not the Internet can actually serve its ultimate purpose—which is to allow citizens to band together and democratize the checks on the world’s most powerful factions."

Amy Goodman is the host of the nationally syndicated radio news program, Democracy Now! .

 
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