Benjamin Franklin wrote in”On the Freedom of the Press”
This Nurse of Arts, and Freedom’s Fence,
To chain, is Treason against Sense:
And Liberty, thy thousand Tongues
None silence who design no Wrongs;
For those who use the Gag’s Restraint,
First Rob, before they stop Complaint.
Documents show US policy puts media outlet in same legal category as violent terrorist groups
by Common Dreams staff
Military documents (pdf) obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted online by Wikileaks show that the US government has designated the whistleblower website and its founder Julian Assange as “enemies of the state”—the same legal category as Al Qaeda and other foreign military adversaries.
For more on this story, visit: US Designates Wikileaks “Enemy of the State” | Common Dreams.