Julian Assange says Snowden can’t be pressured to stop disclosures


On ABC’s This Week (June 30) George Stephanopolous interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project about Edward Snowden and his disclosures of NSA secrets.

“There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage.  Great care has been taken to make sure that Mr. Snowden can’t be pressured by any state to stop the publication process.  I mean, the United States, by canceling his passport, has left him for the moment marooned in Russia.  Is that really a great outcome by the State Department?  Is that really what it wanted to do?” Assange said, speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Jesselyn Radack said that the illegality of NSA surveillance outweighs any illegality in Snowden’s disclosures and is more deserving of attention from news media.