Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) issued the following statement in response to the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in London earlier this morning by British police. “Today’s arrest and indictment of Julian Assange undermines freedom of the press, and seeks to silence whistleblowers and the journalists who publish their information. This sets a dangerous precedent of criminal prosecution of journalists or news organizations who publish information the government doesn’t like, while also opening the door for other countries to extradite US journalists who publish their country’s secrets,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “We must protect whistleblowers and freedom of the press, and exercise oversight over our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to ensure our Constitutional rights are upheld.”
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been a strong advocate to protect Americans’ privacy and personal freedoms. She cosponsored legislation to reform NSA spying policies as well as called on the USA Freedom Act to do more to address the overreaching surveillance activities allowed by the PATRIOT Act. She led the introduction of the Strengthening Privacy, Oversight and Transparency (SPOT) Act, a bipartisan bill to empower the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and improve oversight of the intelligence community and criticized the NSA’s warrantless collection of Americans’ emails, voted against its reauthorization, and spoke in favor of court actions to put an end to the practice as well as introduced legislation to the same end.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawaii’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard…