Incredibly Nicky Hager’s astounding witness evidence given in the show trail against Assange has been utterly ignored by the NZ media…
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not the “difficult, awful person” portrayed in the media and “has devoted himself to trying to make the world a better place”, his extradition hearing has been told.
Investigative journalist Nicky Hager said logs from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, along with embassy cables, published by the organisation in 2010 and 2011 were “exactly the type” of leaked information needed by the public at the time.
Giving evidence at the Old Bailey by video-link on Friday, the New Zealander said he spent a lot of time working with Assange, 49, who is wanted in the US to face 18 charges alleging a plot to hack computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information.
Mr Hager said: “The person I got to know was completely different from the picture my friends and others were getting through the news media.
“I found him to be thoughtful, humorous and energetic.
“I saw nothing of the difficult, awful person he is often portrayed as through the media.
“As a New Zealander, I see him as an Aussie guy who is very principled and trying to find a way to make a difference in the world.
“He has devoted himself to trying to make the world a better place in an era when there is declining freedom of information in most of the world.”
US prosecutors claim Assange and WikiLeaks put the lives of informants around the world in danger by publishing unredacted documents online.
Mr Hager said it was his understanding that the organisation had made efforts to keep the names secret and only published the information in September 2011 once it had already been made public following the publication of a password in a Guardian book.
James Lewis QC, for the US government, suggested 154,000 diplomatic cables containing some names marked “simply protect” had already been published by WikiLeaks a week earlier.
Mr Hager said the evidence is disputed and argued the nine months between initial publication and the unredacted material being made public allowed the US authorities to act to protect sources.
“The precautions taken by Julian Assange at the beginning help to explain why there was not wholesale damage from those unredacted documents finding their way out,” he said.
…New Zealand’s most famous Investigative Journalist gives witness evidence in the journalism trial of the century and all you hear are crickets in NZ?
Most NZ Media rooms are now slavish cowards to the woke social media lynch mob, and the Woke’s denigration of Assange as a rapist means any coverage in NZ must be deplatformed and never spoken of.
It’s astounding watching it up close because normally Hager’s work is championed by the Woke, it’s fascinating seeing him deplatformed by NZ mainstream media’s self censorship for fear of triggering a woke lynch mob.
This type of cowardly journalism’s irony is poignant because of course Assange is one of the most important voices in real journalism.
Without his work the war crimes, the murders, the abuses of power that damage all the people those Woke claim to care about would never have seen the light of day.
What glorious progress. All hail the mighty altar of woke cancellation!
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